Your digestive system includes your liver, gallbladder, stomach, and pancreas. An imbalance in this system can create symptoms such as allergies, skin problems, sluggish metabolism, irregular blood sugar, and anxiety. Research suggests that digestive disorders are often the principle cause of many unexplained symptoms and diseases.
Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is a tube, approximately 15 feet long, winding through the body from mouth to anus. An imbalance in this system can be the root cause of many symptoms including brain fog, fatigue, food allergies, yeast/fungal infections, poor bowel function, and depression. It’s also the system where I found answers for candidiasis. The unexplained illness I suffered with for years.
Your cardiovascular/circulatory system deserves attention even if there’s only a small imbalance. Symptoms such as chest pain, tingling in the face/arms/legs, slurred speech, blurred vision, dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath, and more can indicate a narrowing of the arteries which is the main cause of poor circulation. Many health problems begin with this condition and if left unchecked, can lead to heart attack and stroke. See your doctor immediately if you suspect any issue here. Fortunately, problems related to narrowing of the arteries and poor circulation respond well to changes in dietary and lifestyle habits.
Your nervous system has three functions: absorbs information (sensory input), interprets a response (integration), and responds (motor output). When your nervous system responds to stimuli (remember the last time you were suddenly startled?) it temporarily affects the function of other systems (i.e.-being suddenly startled causes the heart to beat fast). Symptoms of imbalance in this system can cause nervousness, irritability, sleep disorders, hyperactivity, lack of concentration and more.
Your lymphatic/immune system consist of lymphatic organs (thymus, bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen), a network of lymphatic vessels (similar to the blood vessels in your circulatory system), and the circulating lymph (a liquid similar to blood plasma). This system helps keep you free of disease by working with the cells and tissues of your other systems. When working efficiently, your immune system remains strong. If your lymphatic system gets lazy, your immune system suffers. Symptoms of a weakened immune system include autoimmune disorders, allergies, enlarged lymph nodes, fatigue, chronic recurring infections, skin lesions and more. Many symptoms of the lymphatic system cross over to other systems. High stress levels also affect the state of your lymphatic/immune system.
Your respiratory system is a series of organs responsible for taking in oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. The main players in this system are the lungs which carry out this important exchange of gases as we breathe. If the air you breath is contaminated or polluted, inflammation in your airways can occur causing colds, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, allergies, emphysema, and more. Symptoms may include tightness or pressure in the chest, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, mucous, or weakness during physical activity.
Your urinary system is comprised of your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. The kidneys are filtration and excretory (waste eliminating) organs which assist the liver in filtering out toxins while simultaneously reabsorbing useful substances like minerals. Urine flows from your kidneys, via the ureter tubes, into the bladder where it’s stored. When urinating, urine flows from the bladder, through the urethra tube, until it makes its grand exit. Frequent urination, burning, lower back pain, fatigue, puffiness under the eyes, and joint pains are all symptoms indicating that your kidneys may be working overtime.
Your endocrine system is a collection of all glands and organs that release hormones into the circulatory system. Many of these organs are part of other body systems (heart, kidneys, liver, reproductive organs) but here we’re going to focus on the hypothalamus, thyroid, pituitary, pineal, and adrenal glands. Endocrine support is likely needed if you experience infertility or impotence, dull/dry hair, bouts of depression, cold hands or feet, headaches on one side of head, menopause, and much more. High stress levels wreak havoc on this system.
Your structural system includes your skeletal, muscular, and neuromuscular sub-systems. Together, these systems are responsible for supporting the body, allowing motion, and protecting vital organs. Quick anatomy lesson: bones connect to muscle via tendons and ligaments (connective tissues). Muscles keep bones in place while allowing you to move. To help you move freely, bones are connected by joints. Muscles contract to move the bone(s) that are attached to the joint(s). Cartilage is a smooth, rubbery padding that protects the ends of bones, at the joint, from rubbing together. Symptoms of imbalance within these systems may include joint pain, bone fractures, muscle cramps, numbness, sensation of “pins & needles”, tooth loss, grinding teeth, weak grip and more.
If you're male, your major reproductive organs include your testes and penis. If you're female, your major reproductive organs include your ovaries, uterus, and vagina. An imbalance within your reproductive system can produce symptoms such as (but not limited to) enlarged prostate (common in men over 50), difficult urination, rings on your fingers becoming too tight, missed periods, water retention, fibroids, pelvic pain, and feelings of irritability, anxiety, and depression.