3 Easy Ways to Know What Your Body Needs

Do you know what your body needs today to run better?

Your body needs nutrients in certain amounts to run better. While every human body shares similar needs, several factors make those needs different from person to person. These include early childhood nutrition, personal health history, current health, and personal health goals.

Not knowing what your body needs today makes it impossible to
give it what it needs to run better.

Your body constantly assesses what it has, then prioritizes how it will use those nutrients. Without enough to do everything it needs, your body makes compromises. In the case of your health, it is the compromises it makes over time that lead to health issues, disease, and unhealthy aging.

Failing to give your body what it needs is the biggest health mistake you can make!

Here are three easy ways to know what your body needs:

  1. Labs: your labs can tell you and your practitioner several things about what your body needs especially if you:
    • Get tested regularly when healthy. We recommend 2-3 times a year, but a minimum of once yearly helps you look at your personal trends.
    • While you can use the ranges specified, it is better to use your personal trends to determine if your body is getting what it needs
    • Use labs as a starting point for recommendations but do not make the recommendation based on your labs alone.
    • Use The Better Nutrition CheckUp Checklist to identify the basic labs you should get tested regularly.
  2. Better
    Nutrition Evaluations
    : relying on labs for nutrition recommendations is a huge
    mistake!
    Labs only tell you some information, what is in
    your blood or urine, as opposed to whether your body is getting enough nutrients
    to run better. Here’s how better nutrition evaluations work:

    • Better nutrition evaluations are the first and only tools
      to help you discover and choose your better total nutrition
      choices. 
    • If you don’t like, don’t tolerate, can’t have
      or choose to avoid certain foods or nutrient groups (like carbs), you need to find
      other sources of those nutrients for your body to run better. That’s where
      supplements, beverages and different food choices can be your better nutrition
      choice.
    • If your lab says you are high or low on a
      nutrient, just reducing or increasing your intake from food may not be effective.
      Often it is another nutrient you are taking in or missing, or your medications,
      or a result of your lifestyle that needs to be addressed in combination or
      exclusively.
    • Filling out better nutrition evaluations before going to your practitioner,
      trainer, or coach and sharing your information helps you both work better
      together. If you are a practitioner, use them for intake forms or as part of
      your courses and consults.
  3. Better Nutrition
    Journal
    : you can’t know what you don’t know.
    No one fully remembers
    what they have each day, all day, without tracking it somewhere.

    • The Better Nutrition Journal helps you track better by asking you to record your total nutrition – food, drink,
      supplements, medications – and your activity.
    • You can track the way you track better either digitally or with a hard copy.