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5 Intuitive Warning Signs About Your Health (Video)

Judith Orloff - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

If you want to see what your body will look like tomorrow, look at your thoughts today.
                     --Navajo saying

Your body is programmed for survival. Heeding early warnings protects your health.  Familiarize yourself with how your body speaks to you. It wants you to be well. It will tell you if you are not. Hippocrates wrote over two thousand years ago, "There is a measure of conscious thought throughout the body." This is practical wisdom you can live by.

In my book “Dr. Orloff’s Guide to Intuitive Healing” I describe how your body is a richly nuanced intuitive receiver—and how you must be aware your body’s signals to completely heal. This may require some adjustment of how you think about health. As a physician, I’ve seen that many people are trained to function from the neck up denying the rest of their bodies. I want you to re-orient yourself, to respect the intellect, but attend to your body’s messages as well. Being aware of the body can open intuition because you’re focusing on your physicality, getting out of your head and into your sensual awareness. This may mean noticing the early signs of pain so you can act on them, trusting your gut about relationships, or awakening your sexuality. We can't afford to ignore life-informing signals your body sends. 

It’s vital to re-train yourself to override mechanisms you’ve developed to push through discomfort. To prevent illness I’m going to show you how to pay special attention to physical distress signals. Honor your body’s messages; don't discount them. Simple prompt action is sometimes all it takes. If you're tired, rest. If you're hungry, eat a delicious meal. If you're stressed, get a relaxing massage. The price of not listening? You come down with the flu; your back goes out. You still don't listen? Chest pain. Ulcers. Depression. The thermostat gets turned up until you pay attention.

To listen to your body and get a headstart on warding off symptoms get used to detecting the quieter messages your body sends. It’s important to listen to what your gut says, whether it’s tied up in knots or relaxed-- this intuition can inform all your decisions by pointing you to people and situations you’re comfortable with. Also notice your energy level around people. Does it go up or down? Your body picks up on this quickly. Try to surround yourself with positive people. This will improve your health and wellbeing. Here are some signals your body sends if it’s out of balance. Some of them you may recognize right away.

5 WARNING SIGNS YOUR BODY SENDS (from “Dr. Orloff’s Guide to Intuitive Healing”)
  • Do you ever walk around feeling "off center"? Oddly numb? Out of focus? Detached? As if you're somehow missing a beat? How long do you tolerate this sense that your body just isn't right?
  • Do you sometimes feel "toxic," as if you're coming down with the flu though there are no other signs of it?
  • Have you experienced unexplainable symptoms that may have gone on for years? A knot or emptiness in the pit of your stomach? A lump in your throat? An aching heart?
  • Do you ever have a distressing sense of rawness or feeling exposed? Everything seems to get to you and you feel you have no defense?
  • Are you chronically tired?
  • If you answer “yes” to any of these questions it’s worthwhile to begin by taking a general inventory of your health and stress level. What areas can be improved upon? Examine everything from the amount of exercise to alone time to your relationships. Make sure you’re allotting enough space to recharge. Though the above changes may seen relatively minor, on an intuitive level they indicate early difficulty. To start, do your best to pinpoint and remedy problem areas.

    To detect your body’s warnings, both quiet and loud, requires increasing your sensitivity to the nuances of its messages. The art of listening entails sensing smaller symptoms before they become full blown. Mindfulness is key. Denial is the antithesis of intuition. We must do what we can to get past it. As a physician, I’ve seen time and again how increasing body awareness facilitates prevention of illness and more vibrant health. Listening to your body is a powerful step towards self-care that benefits wellness in all areas.


    Judith Orloff, MD is author of The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People, upon which her articles are based. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff also specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice. Dr. Orloff’s work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, the Oprah Magazine and USA Today. She is a New York Times best-selling author of Emotional Freedom, The Power of Surrender, Second Sight, Positive Energy, and Guide to Intuitive Healing. Connect with Judith on  Facebook and  Twitter. To learn more about empaths and her free empath support newsletter as well as Dr. Orloff's books and workshop schedule, visit her website.

    Carol commented on 24-Jul-2011 02:59 PM
    MY body has definitely talking to me a lot. I've worked so hard on releasing and shrinking a uterine fibroid, but my intuition is telling me it has grown even larger. Not wanting to give up any of my female organs i'm frustrated. But i'm even more frustrated
    with being so tired and drained all the time by such heavy monthly periods. Any advice?
    Deborah Lynch commented on 26-Aug-2011 02:24 PM
    There are many other treatments for fibroids. If your doctor is only giving you the hysterectomy option, get a second opinion.
    Alexi commented on 25-Oct-2011 03:55 PM
    I know of many amazing success stories of women with fibroids and heavy periods who go get the help of a skilled acupuncturist and herbalist. Something you may want to give a shot! highly recommend.
    Suzanne Picinich commented on 18-Jan-2012 10:52 AM
    It sounds as if you have one fibroid. These can be removed more essilly than multiple fibroids. There are new Gynecologic treatments - in 1992 laparoscopic myomectomy to remove the fibroid & spare the uterus ovaries & Fallopian tubes, preserving fertility.
    At that time short term hormonal cycle interruption to shrink the fibroid was being pioneered. There are many treatments available. About 20% of women over 30 get fibroids. Don't take it sitting down, do your own research. Blessings.
    Anonymous commented on 18-Jan-2012 11:01 AM
    When I bought my condo, I completely overrode my body's input...I thought about it, but everyone was telling me how great this place was, good location, etc. I definitely was never happy there--mostly depressed. Still, it took me a number of years to move,
    as I had lost confidence in my decision-making abilities. Though I didn't become sick there, a few years after I moved they found an 11 lb. tumor in my body, which was probably growing for years. Happy to say that I'm in a much better home environment now,
    and I try to always honor my body's messages.
    Cheryl commented on 18-Jan-2012 12:37 PM
    This blog was so timely for me. I recently resigned from a second job which drained my energy and left me frustrated and stressed every time I worked. I worked hard, but never felt appreciated. I was ambivalent about quitting because the pay was exellent.
    It took a few months to make the decision. I now feel empowered and at ease. This morning I woke up exhausted with a headache. I chose to skip my 90 minute power yoga class, which I would usually push myself to go to. I ate a healthy breakfast and relaxed
    with my coffee instead. I then checked my email and my choice was validated by this blog. It only took me 46 years to learn that if I listen to my body instead of my critical rigid mind, I take better care of myself and consequently get to feel better. Thank
    you Dr. Orloff.
    judy krings commented on 18-Jan-2012 03:00 PM
    This is a terrific article. As an auto immune disorder prone person, after years of working overtime (even though I loved it) 6 years ago after gigantic stressors, I began to feel my body saying, "Enough! I can't go on!" This was not the piece of cake
    this shrink and life coach wanted to face. I am the optimist who is always there for others. Somehow I was leaving ME out of the equation. Now I listen with a sharper ear. I pick and choose what I want and need to feel my career is still rewarding. And I force
    myself to get up from my ever-busy computer and stretch! Thanks for a super relevant, life-saving post.
    Brain Green commented on 18-Jan-2012 04:40 PM
    Really this means listening to the rest of the organism apart from the mind. The subconscious includes the body-mind. In our societal culture many of us are trained by our upbringing to ignore the organism that we are in favor of other factors. Parental
    figures inside and outside the home deprive us of our true sense of ourself. I ought to know, it happened to me in spades! hypnohotshot.
    Betty commented on 18-Jan-2012 08:28 PM
    Thank you Dr Orloff for this excellent message. I am facing a move soon and thus new employment so this info will definately come in handy. I can relate as I recently left a high stress job as I knew I couldn't take it anymore. Seemed I was one step away
    from a heart attack. Was developing all kind of body symptomss just as you described in your video. Best thing I could have done was to move on and listen to my body talk. I'm starting to feel better now and re-energize again. Thanks again!
    Beverlu commented on 18-Jan-2012 10:47 PM
    Thank you Dr Orloff for your wisdom once again. It's about trusting and honoring ourselves. Why is that so difficult to do? And why does the fear come in to squelch our innate knowing. I love the synchronicity of this message, exactly what I needed to
    V russell commented on 19-Jan-2012 01:00 AM
    160/100 ... that was the blood pressure reading my doctor read to me in his office today... But, I am a steady 110/90 kinda gal!! So what is this completely weird thing that is happening to my body? One word STRESS - and no release. I have not been taking
    care of ME. I have allowed work to consume me and now I am paying the price. My bedtime intention - "I am open to hearing myself and all that I have to say - I am nurturing myself from the inside out" I am off to bed now with a warm mug of milk and a new sense
    of appreciation for my amazing body and its fragile nature.
    Barbara commented on 19-Jan-2012 01:01 AM
    I've been researching and following my intution on how to save my lady parts despite having uterine fibroids and PCOS. What I'm coming up with is iodine deficiency, and it also explains my having low thyroid symptoms despite good thyroid lab test numbers.
    Just ordered Dr. Brownstein's books on Iodine and the Thyroid, after taking the time to slow down and follow my gut on the Internet. The doctors only wanted to prescribe and cut on me...
    Mary Anne commented on 19-Jan-2012 10:36 PM
    What a great message, and something that I really needed to hear right now. I have had difficulties breathing at work and have attributed it to the heating system and indoor air quality...when perhaps the environment there is literally suffocating me--?
    Definitely food for thought. Thank you, Judith.

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