Normal is really a relative word in which we consider to be ‘the average’ or ‘standard’. When it comes to health, the normal we have established is anything but the standard we should accept as being healthy. We need to seriously step back, look at ourselves, and be REALLY honest. Are we really healthy, or are we too scared to admit we are sick? It’s time to analyze the signals.

Food allergies and food sensitivities

Of all the foods created on this earth that we have deemed edible, do you think that they were created to be fine for one person and cause pain in another?  I would say no, as a properly functioning body should not have adverse reactions to otherwise wholesome and edible food.

However, food allergies and sensitivities, and how to eat around them has created an entire new industry (gluten free is a good example of that).  It’s become the new normal and as soon as you identify them and work around them, all is deemed fine and you can continue on living your healthy life.

One problem. The common food allergy or sensitivity is typically a signal that something is not working properly in your digestive system. Perhaps you don’t have enough friendly bacteria, or have too many bad bacteria or rooted parasites, or maybe even undigested food that has turned toxic in your system.  This can cause all kinds of food allergies and sensitivities.

Or perhaps the food you are eating is too toxic for your already overburdened digestive system, and that’s why certain seafood sends you into serious cramps. Or maybe you can’t handle that peanut butter because the naturally occurring fungus present in peanuts is too much for a system that already has a fungal issue.

On the flip side, if you are having issues with other foods that are very healthy, perhaps its a strong detoxification reaction that is a signal that things are much more serious than you want to believe.

No matter what way you look at it, food sensitivities and allergies are a strong signal that your digestive system is NOT working properly, and since that it where 80% of your immune function and health resides, it is MUCH more of an issue than many will care to understand.

If you have any of these types of issues, you are sick (whether it manifests into symptoms that you deem as sickness), and your digestive system needs some serious healing so that those ‘out of the blue’ symptoms and illnesses don’t spring up on you unexpectedly.

Digestion problems

IBS, Crohns, Colitis…they are all very nasty and painful conditions.  Fortunately, people have learned to deal with them in a way that can help ease the pain, and many of them naturally or through the ‘avoidance method’.

Many of us know people with overt digestion problems due to their serious symptoms, and all of us know people with less obvious digestion problems, like gas, that is rarely connected to any serious issues.  After all, **it just happens.

Due to these common diseases and symptoms, we have often come to accept these as normal and believe with an otherwise healthy diet, we are in great shape. However, even when dealing with these issues either naturally or through avoidance, it doesn’t change the root issue which will continue to linger and eventually manifest itself into something much more serious if left unattended.

These digestive issues are not normal for a healthy individual, and until significant healing takes place, they are a ticking time bomb.

Energy issues

Far too many of us are struggling with energy issues.  We can blame it on the 12 oz steak and potatoes, our children, and our work, but regardless of what the issue is it’s not healthy to be tired during the waking hours of the day.

Some of us pass out after meals.  Most of us need a coffee in the morning to get us going. Others need a sugar injection mid afternoon to avoid the afternoon lows. By the end of the day, we are often too tired to do anything when we get home.

Some of us claim we have lots of energy, and a few of us do.  But if you require any stimulant like coffee each day, your body is NOT creating real energy, and it can only take you so far before you have a serious crash. If you are not feeling a stable, higher level of energy throughout the entire day, you are doing something that is unhealthy, and eventually will need healing before you lose your energy for good.

Cold and flu outbreaks

Perhaps one of the most accepted normals is the cold and flu.  It’s considered completely standard to have the colds, flus, or sore throats to go through your house (especially in northern climates) 2 to 4 times a year, and still call yourself healthy.

To even intimate that you can go for years (and even decades) without a cold, flu, cough, or sore throat would be met with utter disdain by most people.  Yet, for a select few people who are healthy, it’s a reality (don’t confuse this with a depressed immune system which may not generate cold and flu symptoms, because your immune system is too lazy to even put up a fight. In this case, you are likely always “sickly”).

Colds and flu at the rate described above are NOT healthy.  Sure, there are some ‘super bugs’ or flu’s that are more nasty than others, but just because your kid goes to school and catches something doesn’t mean that it’s inevitable that the whole family goes down as well.

A strong immune system will guard against the majority of rogue bacteria and viruses, and if it does hit you, you will rebound in 48 hours or less. If you suffer from colds and flu more than once a year, you have some serious healing and strengthening to do with your immune system.

Overweight and underweight

Overweight people often get fingered for being unhealthy.  Although that is mainly true, people that are underweight and can seemingly eat anything without gaining an ounce, are quite often just as sick as those who have packed on 20 or more pounds on top of their ideal weight.

An inability to gain weight naturally, or eating in a way that you don’t take in enough calories, are both signals to the body that it is not getting enough nourishment. It could be due to insufficient stomach acid to break down food, not enough friendly bacteria to assimilate it in the digestive tract, or just a generally unhealthy ecosystem that is not properly absorbing nutrients.

If you are overweight (30 pounds or more from your ideal weight), you are unfortunately consuming too many foods that are rich and/or toxic, and are placing your digestive system under stress with food combinations that can’t be properly assimilated.  This will turn into toxins, sequester them as fat, and slow down your metabolism. Either situation is not healthy, and not normal to the body.


All kinds of surgeries have become common place today.  Gall bladders, appendix, tonsils, hernia, and ear tubes are some more common ones. If you have had a surgery to remove something, or fix it, and it wasn’t as a result of a traumatic accident, you obviously have had serious issues related to that organ or function, to make it completely toxic or useless that it had to be removed. That is not the definition of a healthy body.

Eyes, skin, and hair issues

Do you wear glasses? How is the whites of your eyes? Does the colour look vibrant? What about your skin?  Is it unblemished, clean, clear, and with no marks, dryness, or irritation? Is you hair fully intact?  Is it healthy, thick, and not falling out?

If you don’t wear glasses, have vibrant eyes, and have bright shiny skin and hair, you are in good health. However, if you have any issues with your eyes, skin, or hair, its a visual sign that you have a congested liver and/or are lacking in a few key nutrients.

There is no possibility of being healthy if you have issues with any of these areas, as each of these topical signals is a sign you have healing to do in a few areas.

Anxiety, stress, and concentration issues

Whether you are slightly stressed or constantly anxious, it’s not normal for the body to feel that way.  A properly nourished and balanced body is happy and generally free of mental stress.

Unfortunately, we have too many external things to stress us out as it is, and when combined with a diet that lacks in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, it becomes near impossible to deal with the dynamic we call life.

If you are consistently feeling anxious or stressed, or have become forgetful or lack concentration, it is a serious signal that your body is lacking the nourishment required to help you effectively deal with these serious issues. Stress causes disease, and disease is a sign of an unhealthy body.  It’s time to do some serious healing.

A solution

It’s painful to point out the general malaise in society, but it’s more painful to stay silent about it and watch people live in pain, die prematurely, and be generally confused and ill informed about their health. The only way to lead people to a better quality of health is to identify and recognize the problem, and provide the solution to fix it.

Part of the issue lies in people refusing to see what is readily apparent (that they are not healthy and need serious work), and following that, finding them a solution that actually produces results long term. I know this for many reasons, but largely due to my own health journey that was rooted in ignorance and denial.

Once I got over that, I earnestly looked for solutions and didn’t quit until I found them.  Not long after I entered that new world of health, I felt significantly better, but after a few years I still realized I had significant healing to do due to symptoms such as the above that were not indicative of a healthy body.

In the end, I got rid of all my problems and am now experiencing COMPLETE health. To help others do the same, I created the THRIVE Academy that walks you through the process to becoming healthy on your own, at a fraction of the time, effort, and investment it would be for you to do it on your own.

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Derek Henry

Derek Henry, Founder of Healing the Body and the THRIVE Academy, used nutrition, supplementation, and a holistic lifestyle to naturally unravel 13 chronic disease conditions that conventional or alternative medical professionals couldn't help him resolve. As a result of this one-in-a-million health transformation and the knowledge acquired in the process, he now educates, coaches, and inspires others to transform their health through a natural and holistic approach. Since 2014, he has helped his THRIVE Academy participants heal over 20 different chronic disease conditions, primarily related to digestive and autoimmune concerns.

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