Taking care of your Physical Health is another self-care expression. Because physical health has been my main priority over the past 20 years, I’ve learned quite a lot about it. First of all exercise, sport activities and nutrition are only one part of self-care and the prevention of diseases. What I believe is really important is that people take on a tailored approach to their health! This means before reaching out for the latest popular superfood or supplement, or even when it comes to how much protein and carbs you need to eat, it’s worth checking what your personal needs are, based on lifestyle, physical and mental activities and even more importantly, stress!
Unfortunately traditional medicine almost never takes stress and our personal health history into consideration. That’s why a while ago I sought help from a Functional Doctor instead, and it made a world of difference for me. I’ve always been quite healthy and never had any complaints. But lately I’ve been feeling quite tired and grumpy and I’ve been losing quite a lot of hair. Now, as a working mother of two who tries to do it all I have a lot on my plate, and for a while I thought the physical things that were happening were normal. Well, never ever think it’s normal to feel grumpy and not want to get out of bed. Age is also not a sign of a disappearing libido or hair loss. These are all issues that mean you have to take care of yourself and go and see a doctor.
That’s why I found a Functional Doctor and together we did a full blood test, a stool test and a hormone test, including which foods I don’t tolerate. Unfortunately health insurance doesn’t cover most of these tests and it’s not a cheap experience, especially in Switzerland, but I’ve set different priorities for myself this year and so I went all in.
I was shocked and amazed at the same time what the tests revealed about my health because, as I mentioned, I’m generally quite a healthy person. I was prescribed a long list of minerals, vitamins and amino acids that now, after 6 months, are starting to show results. I’ve been taking specific dosages of each that are tailored for my needs based on my lifestyle, physical and mental activities.
I can honestly say I’ve never felt better, even in my 20s! Seeing a functional doctor really is a game changer, no matter whether you suffer chronic disease or you have no symptoms at all and just occasional complaints, which are often related to age.