I'm not sick, but I'm not well

I’m not sick , but I’m not well!!

“I’m not sick , but I’m not well” is a cool song by the band Harvey Danger, but it also reminds me of how many people feel these days. I see a lot of people who don’t have serious health problems, but they’re not well either, sometimes people forget how good they can actually feel if they can get rid of those niggling symptoms that they have.

For a lot of people this feeling becomes “normal” and maybe just put the symptoms down to getting older, but these symptoms are often a sign of inflammation in the body and are warning signs that things are not right, and if ignored they may lead to chronic health problems later.

I'm not sick, but I'm not well


These minor symptoms can include many different body systems and may seem unrelated, but if you address one or two key areas this can make an amazing difference to your health and energy.

Symptoms that indicate your not “well”


These symptoms include:

  • Digestion problems like bloating, gas, reflux, indigestion, constipation or diarrhea. Sometimes it is just simple dietary changes that are needed to make a dramatic difference to these types of symptoms, like cutting out gluten or dairy which are common causes of digestion problems. However sometimes the problems are more complex and maybe caused by a parasitic infection, bacterial infection like Helicobacter pylori or Small intestinal bowel overgrowth (SIBO) or a candida infection. We can test for this at Planet Naturopath
  • Fatigue and slumps in energy which can lead to cravings for carbohydrates, sweet foods and caffeine. This can be related to getting a poor nights sleep, or possibly poor blood sugar control which is an early sign that you are at risk for diabetes.
  • Finding it hard to lose weight, even though you eat well and exercise regularly, I see this one as becoming a more common problem, once people gain weight they struggle to lose the weight as they are not addressing the underlying problem. This can be related to the previous one and maybe an early sign of insulin resistance, but other causes are hormonal problems like adrenal/ cortisol issues or thyroid problems. We can do extensive thyroid and adrenal testing at Planet Naturopath
  • Feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed! In today’s busy world these are common symptoms but they are not “normal”, this can be related to many things including a diet high in carbohydrates and simple sugars, adrenal fatigue, nutritional deficiencies and the latest research shows that even digestion function has an impact on your brain health.
  • Another related symptom is poor sleep quality, this can include difficulty falling asleep, waking in the night or waking up in the morning feeling so tired that you struggle out of bed and wonder if you ever slept at all.

There are many more of these symptoms that are not seem like a major problem but they stop you enjoying life to the fullest, like constant headaches, skin problems, allergies, poor circulation, fluid retention, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and aching muscles or joints.

Warning signs!


Many people experience some of these symptoms, and they are warning sign’s that something is not right. Now is the time to address this, before they turn into chronic problems that take a lot more time, effort and money to fix like diabetes, heart disease, depression and auto-immune problems. Most of the symptoms that we have discussed are signs of inflammation which is the driving factor behind chronic illnesses.

I like the analogy of your car’s dashboard, if a warning light comes on (or you hear strange noises) you take it to the mechanic to find out what the problem is an then get it fixed. If you ignore the warning light on your car dashboard it will still continue to run for a while but eventually the minor problem will turn into something major and your car will break down, or it will cost you a lot more money to fix.

The solution – Address the cause!


Many of these symptoms can be addressed by simple diet and lifestyle changes, while they might be simple it does require effort to make changes and install new, healthier habits. That’s why I recommend focusing on making changes for 30 days only, which is long enough to eliminate the carbohydrate/ sugar cravings and many of the symptoms that I have talked about, so that you can see and feel the difference. Once you start to feel better you will be inspired to make more permanent changes, though rarely do they have to be as strict as the first 30 days.

While diet and lifestyle changes will help with many symptoms sometimes it is necessary to dig a little deeper to find out what is causing your problems. There are specific tests that I recommend like an adrenal function test or an extensive thyroid test, which can identify the cause of fatigue, weight, digestion and hormonal problems. Other tests can identify underlying causes of digestion problems, addressing digestion problems can eliminate many symptoms like skin problems, headaches, anxiety, and fatigue.

If you would like more information on eliminating your symptoms and be as healthy as you can be, or would like to organize some functional pathology testing I do consultations via Skype with clients around the world, and at The Health Nut in Gladstone. Contact me michael@planetnaturopath.com

About the Author Michael

Michael is head consultant at Planet Naturopath - Functional Medicine and Nutrition Solutions. As Seen

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Jenn says March 6, 2015

are you able to help people.in the US as well?

    michael says March 6, 2015

    Hi Jenn

    Yes I do work with clients in the U.S and use lab companies in the U.S for testing, email me at michael@planetnaturopath.com if you have any more questions

Anita Fuge says January 3, 2016

Hi Michael
Did you once practice from Agnes Waters ,I think I saw you there ,2or3 times a few years ago ? We have a house at 1770 ! Good to see your Blog here on FB ,I will save your site address.
I have Haemochromatosis and dormant Sarcoidosis ,so have been suffering from bad Chronic Fatigue for years and I take Ostelin D ,Eagle Tresos Activated B Pluse with Selenium, Innerhealth Plus ,and Macuvision Plus ( for my Macula degeneration ,don’t know it it works or not ) !
Have just started on Carusos’s Super Magnesium Complex and my energy levels have really improved dramatically ? I normally drag myself around like a dead cat?? I have almost eliminated Sugar completely ,and have eaten a very healthy Diet most of my Life ,drink very little Alcohol ( maybe 1 glass wine a month ). I have been allergic to yeast for many years ,so avoid it . Arthritis is thru my family for generations ,so I do seem to have a lot of Inflamation in my Body ? Have just lost 3 kgs and am trying to achieve a total of 10 kgs as I feel much better then ??
Can you suggest anything more I might do to improve my body please ?
Can you suggest any thing else I can do to improve my body health?

    michael says January 7, 2016

    Hi Anita
    Yes I am still in Agnes Water and I do most of my consultations via phone or Skype now, I remember you were in the same street as Sandie. It sounds like you have made some good changes, to reduce inflammation I would try a 30 day reset program https://www.planetnaturopath.com/nutrition/30-day-paleo-reset-program
    This can help identify any food triggers and give your health a quick boost
    Email me at michael@planetnaturopath.com if you need more help

    Kris says January 27, 2016

    It’s good to see someone thninikg it through.

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