So many of the ills that plague us are really just a sign of a larger problem, failing health. An unhealthy body can’t deal with it’s surroundings as well, and this in turn causes health to decline further. If you are increasingly troubled by maladies, the answer to what ails you may not be some rare disease or undiagnosed problem, but poor health. While this is a simple explanation, recovering from a weakened state is not as easy as taking a pill. Failing health affects everyone differently, so there are no fixed symptoms and no formalized cure. Certainly, there are conditions that manifest in unhealthy individuals which require treatment in their own right, in order to help you heal. However, just treating these localized ills, without looking at the bigger picture, will not grant you a full recovery.
It used to be that doctors recommended rest and nourishment to individuals in a weakened state of health. In extreme cases, relocation to the countryside was suggested to ailing patients as a method to help improve their well-being. These doctors focused on trying to improve the lifestyle of their patients in order to help them recover. Today the emphasis is on finding “the one cause” and treating it with medication. Unlike a straight-forward case, such as mending a broken bone, treating poor health is complicated and can’t be fixed with “one simple solution”. Because improving health is not a straight forward cause and effect situation, it helps greatly to work with a good doctor, one who takes a whole-body approach to fixing your health issues.
Poor health manifests as a large variety of symptoms. Many ailments, miserable though they may be, do not further impact health. They just indicate there is a problem. Other maladies, listed here as “impacting symptoms”, can additionally cause further health degradation. These might need to be treated in their own right to improve overall health. Because everyone’s situation is different, you will need figure out your own path, ideally with the help of your doctor.
Symptoms of poor health
Trying to treat the following will not fix the underlying causes of diminishing health, they are just symptoms of a bigger problem. That said, there is nothing wrong with getting treatment for these symptoms. In fact, some of these will even need to be treated so they don’t outright kill or debilitate you in the short term. Just keep in mind you are treating the symptom, not the problem.
For example, someone suffering from asthma needs an inhaler to breathe if they have an asthma attack. However, the treatment, an inhaler, will not fix their underlying problems. Their asthma might be exacerbated by owning indoor pets, living in a polluted city, and drinking alcohol. A real, long-term, solution would be to address these underlying causes instead.
- Unhealthy weight gain/loss
- Suicidal thoughts
- Chronic fatigue
- Slow metabolism
- Low libido
- Poor muscle tone
- Brain fog
- Inability to cope with stress
- Slow healing injuries
- High cholesterol
- Hair loss
- Chronic pain
These are also symptoms, but alleviating these will help improve overall health. Keep in mind that just treating these probably won’t improve overall health. Your goal should be to improve your entire well-being. Fixing these conditions are just a part of that goal.