In the doctor's office I work for, my conversations usually start with a simple question: How are you doing? In 90% of all cases the response is, "Good". We discuss the patient's 3 day food journal, and pay particular attention to the third column of the food journal, which asks the patient about how they feel after their meals. Most of the time I read things like, "moody", "bloated", "still hungry", "headache", "constipated" and more. Rarely do I see words like "satisfied", "energized", "happy".
After going through this column, I ask them again. "How are you doing?", as I point at the third column. Often, I'll get a smile, and the response will be, "Well, that's normal though."
So I ask, "Is it normal to feel bloated and moody? Or could not be normal but common?" Now I have their attention. What is considered normal on a daily basis, may not actually be normal at all, but it is all too common. We have simply come to accept our condition as normal, because we've lived with it for so long, that we forgot what our old normal was.
People consider it normal not to get enough sleep. They think nothing of chronic constipation or diarrhea. They accept the fact, that their digestion doesn't work well, because it hasn't for a long time, and after all, if it gets really bad, there is a pill for that.
None of these things are normal, and they can have a terrible impact on your overall health. Taking a pill is merely putting a band aid on an infected wound. Not only will the cause of your problem not go away, but you may start developing new symptoms, experience side effects, develop nutritional deficiencies, leaky gut, and more.
Please do not confuse "common" and "normal". They are not the same. Sometimes, all it takes is a small change in your diet. Sometimes, more help is needed. Get in touch with me so we can discuss how I may be of help to you.