WHAT TO DO IF YOU DON’T NOTICE WHEN STUFF IS MAKING YOU SICK?
There’s a lot of stuff out there that can make us sick. And an increasing proportion of us are becoming highly sensitive to our environments - mold, fragrances, various ingredients, whether artificial or natural, EMFs - these can all bombard the senses of those whose filters are not in place, making it challenging to function.
But there’s another group of people who often get missed and may have low awareness themselves: the highly insensitive, low reactors. Those who do have reactions to various foods, chemicals, toxins or exposures and don’t even notice it.
Is that even possible?
Well, the human body has been honed over hundreds of thousands of years on the foundation of billions of years of evolution to survive and thrive in a diverse array of situations.
In the event of severely scarce resources or life threat, we have the ability to enter a mode where we don’t really feel our body much at all. And this state can persist for years, even decades.
See, in a situation that we perceive as life threatening, it can be helpful to go into a “collapse.” Perhaps the predator will lose interest or if we do get eaten, at least we won’t have to feel it!
If this energy conservation mode is triggered by chronic infection, it may be that the body wants to ration energy resources by going into hibernation.
But then that leaves you with low bodily awareness of how your environment is effecting you.
So what can you do about this?
The first thing is to become aware of this is your pattern. This alone is a game changer because you’ll quickly see why the majority of well-meaning advice out there isn’t helpful for you as it isn’t reflective of your current state or resources.
It’s from a paradigm that says either you get sick when eat something, which means you have food sensitivities, or you when you eat something you feel fine, so clearly it’s not having an effect on you. It’s completely unaware of another significant group - those with low body awareness who may be having reactions to things and not perceiving them.
This means we need to rely on other information to triangulate and navigate, until our body awareness improves. This may mean using your tongue more as a guide. Or that investing in lab testing is more important for you. Or even that wearable technology like the Oura ring or a continuous glucose monitor may be invaluable until your body awareness increases.