Skip to content

5 Simple Diagnostic Tests That Can Reveal Why You Don't Feel Good

Running hot and cold is not a great way to live your life and it gets problematic when you feel like this most of the time or when symptoms persist - sometimes for years - and begin to rule your life.

Antoinette Barnardo
Antoinette Barnardo
3 min read
5 Simple Diagnostic Tests That Can Reveal Why You Don't Feel Good
Photo by Trust "Tru" Katsande / Unsplash

Do any of these sound familiar?

  • You're sad or angry for no reason
  • You feel embarrassed, frustrated, or less than others
  • You feel lonely, insufficient, or incapable
  • You lack energy, feel bloated, nauseous, or have unexplained headaches
  • You struggle to concentrate or complete simple tasks

Have you felt this way for a while?
The reasons why may not be as hard as you think to figure this out.

If you are like me, you would be looking for some answers and striving for more balance in your life, while trying to shake off what's bothering or sabotaging you. Feelings are one thing but symptoms another altogether.

Some people can identify their feelings quite effortlessly, know instantly what to do and get on with life (see my post about resilience), while others struggle to figure out what is going on or how to fix it and you may be feeling rotten too.

Symptoms create another complexity to the equation because this is the grey area. Are symptoms caused or exacerbated by your feelings or is it the other way around? The chicken or the egg? 🐣

Either way, the results can be very far reaching. The source of feelings or symptoms can be far removed from the root cause, making it difficult to get to the bottom of what is going on or get on top of things and yes, it can go on for years.

These are the 5 diagnostic tests you should have done. It's not too late and these simple tests can reveal where to look and what steps you can begin to take that will resolve the chaos you are feeling.

5 Diagnostic Tests To Take:

A hormone test: can measures your stress and sex hormones and the balance or ratio between these. The results can help you figure out why you feel so at odds with the world or why you are losing your hair or finding it difficult to build muscle or lose weight.
A gut assessment test: can indicate if the state of your gut is helping or hindering your assimilation, digestion or absorption of nutrients. This can cause deficiencies, symptoms and even point to why you may be getting sick often or why you feel so sad.
A stool test: can identify if you have any nasty bugs (parasites, viruses or fungi) playing havoc with your gut and causing an imbalance of your own natural flora, unwanted symptoms like bloating, gas, heartburn or constipation.
A metabolic wellness test to help identify if your liver is struggling to cope with your internal or environmental environments, e.g., how toxins from food, drink, your home, medication or your hormones may impact your ability to detox properly.
A finger prick test: can reveal which foods you may be sensitive, intolerant or allergic to. Combined with simple questionnaires and data gathering to reaffirm what foods you naturally enjoy and choose at mealtimes, or which may not agree with you and better to avoid or eat less of, so you can choose what works best for YOU.

These tests can point to the possible source of your symptoms and when combined with protocols, strategies and tools can help you implement changes and begin healing from whatever has persisted for a long time.

I personally know and understand how depressing life can be when you simply cannot MAKE yourself feel good or meditate your way to great health or calmness, when there is chaos in your life or mind.

6 Actions You Can Do Today To Start Feeling Better:

  1. Keep a food, mood and poop diary and pay attention to any patterns emerging, especially when you've eaten certain foods or ate meals when you were upset or in a hurry. Avoid or limit foods that you think may be making you feel unwell.
  2. Clean up your environment by removing electronics from the vicinity of where you sleep, keep your bedroom cool and dark and instil a digital sunset.
  3. Adopt a bedtime wind-down routine to help you rest deeply.
  4. Begin paying attention to labels on food and household products to help you identify unwanted or toxic ingredients.
  5. Take time to reflect every day. Think about what happened today - what made a positive impact on you and what made you sad, miserable or angry. Think of what you can do about that tomorrow - what has to change?
  6. Slow down and soften to whatever is going on your life. It will give you perspective and help you tune into your inner wisdom of what to do next.

Schedule A Chemistry Call

You do not have to do this on your own! Book a quick call with me to explore if we are a good fit.

Book A Chemistry Call

Antoinette Barnardo Twitter

FDN-P, CHPC, PN & CCI Coach, Psychological Stress Specialist & Yoga Teacher. Helping people reclaim health, vitality for max energy! Love yoga, adventure sports, meditation, philosophy & reading 😊