Which of the two foods are more appealing? Hmmm, is that a real question?!
Innate intelligence is a chiropractic term which means that, by way of the nervous system, our body can heal from within itself. It’s the force in living things responsible for the organization, maintenance and healing of the body.
In a nutritional sense, it means that our body knows how to heal as long as we give it the right nutrition, the right biochemical choices. While an aligned spine will have a lot of effects on the functioning of our body too in regards to nutrition, a healthy gut from tongue to tip will have the same effects.
Innate intelligence is the reason your body can perform countless biochemical reactions on a cellular level without a single conscious effort on your part. It knows exactly what needs to be done and where in your body, in the exact moment. If the innate intelligence is interfered with, these countless reactions may not occur and if they do, it could be too fast or slow, making the reaction completely inappropriate for the moment. This means everything in your life that you do (thinking, digesting, meditating, exercising, working, reading, seeing, cleansing, breathing) you do better when your innate intelligence is working at its maximum potential.
We know that cells in one part of your body can and usually do affect one another: if one part of your body is functioning below par, this will affect another part. This leads to a slippery slope of lower health expression for the whole body. For example, your liver has thousands of functions. Imagine your liver detoxifying faster, producing and regulating important hormones more efficiently, and with a greater ability to store vitamins for future use. These results have a domino effect and allow the other tissues to respond in a healthier manner. In this example, your body is moving toward healing instead of dis-ease. At any given moment, your body is moving toward one or the other. Biochemical dis-ease left unchecked leads to symptoms and in our society, is then officially labelled a sickness or condition.
So it goes to reason that the healing in your body is guided by innate intelligence, but to produce a desired effect, pharmaceutical drugs work against it; the exquisite intelligence that the latest and greatest science and technology can’t quite put their finger on. Does shutting that down, purposely or otherwise, sound like a good idea?
Through my work as a Nutritional Therapist (http://wp.me/p4ZrsY-6T), my goal is to help work with innate intelligence as much as possible. Of course, this begins by looking for the root cause behind the symptoms and not just stop gapping those symptoms; they’re our innate intelligence telling us it wants something. But that can be no easy feat.
- The hardest thing about innate intelligence is a lot like the concept of stress, but going into the body: sugar, grain or other inflammatory/sensitive foods, trans fats, poor digestion, hormonal dys-regulation, a bad day at work or even in the home, all stress summates. Once if your body, your brain has no way of deciphering what stress is caused by what, in fact it doesn’t seem to matter.
- Then when we think about symptoms, coming out of the body: aches and pains, sinus, cramping and bloating, they’re messages that something’s imbalanced. Symptoms are not exactly what is wrong but signs that we can sleuth back to probable sources. A zinc deficiency could be because of an overworked sugar handling system and this nutrient has been overused because of the excess insulin needed to lower blood sugar; it’s not that zinc is deficient, only that it’s being used. Magnesium could be overused another day. It can get too complicated if we start to pull one nutrient out: we’re a system of systems.
The best way is to ask your innate intelligence is to listen to your own body and see how different foods feel. And stopping to feel how they feel is also going to help you digest them. As an NTP (http://wp.me/P4ZrsY-3c) I use various tools (food diary, NAQ and symptom burden, functional evaluation and LNT) alongside three sorting questions:
- Is there a functional deficiency (working out potential missing nutrients)
- What particular nutrient will work for you (working out ones that work best in your body)
- When are you sufficient (and knowing when enough has been reached)
Innate intelligence is all about understanding what a healthy choice is for you. Stop and listen, or ask someone to help you feel what you’re feeling: abundant health is something everyone has a right to have.