What’s Your Gut Telling You?
We’ve all had a “gut” feeling.
Whether you rely on this feeling to make daily decisions or the extent of your “gut” feeling involves butterflies or nervous nausea, it is a very real phenomenon with interesting implications for health and healing.
Did you know that your brain actually affects your gut health?
The state of your nervous system can determine how well you digest and absorb food. Your digestion starts with THINKING about food.
When we eat in a relaxed state, our body is better able to produce stomach acid, digestive enzymes, and to eliminate waste properly.
When we operate in a stressful state, also known as sympathetic mode or “fight or flight” mode, our body can’t do any of those things well.
Poor digestion and elimination can lead to a host of problems from indigestion to food allergies to a higher toxic load on the body, which lead to more serious problems down the line.
When YOU feel stressed, YOUR GUT feels it too.
The cascade of biochemical reactions associated with stress make you more susceptible to an H. Pylori infection and degrades the intestinal lining leading to leaky gut.
The longer this process has been festering, the worse off symptoms can be and the more intensive treatment may need to be.
Regardless, the first step is creating the foundation for health by reducing stress, especially when eating. A good rule is to chew 31 times with each bite.
You gut health affects your brain.
Did you know that 90% of your serotonin (your happy neurotransmitter) is found in your GUT?!
Simply put, if the health of your digestive tract isn’t optimal, you can FEEL IT emotionally.
The gut microbiome, aka bacteria, has been shown to affect how you perceive emotion and sensation.
Evidence even suggests that taking probiotics can improve anxiety and depression.
Your gut health goes beyond the brain. Your gut health affects everything!
If you’re gut is less than optimal, it’s likely wreaking havoc on your health. Fatigue, brain fog, and even autoimmune disease could be traced back to your gut.
Immune tissue lines most of the intestines, and it’s been estimated that 80% of your immune system lies in the gut.
Unhealthy gut means unhealthy immune system.
Without adequate HCL and enzymes, a luscious lining, beautiful bacteria, and marvelous motility you are setting yourself up for nutrient deficiencies, inflammation, infections, and toxicity issues… all leading to pain and suffering.
Utilize this intricate connection to heal your body and mind.
By addressing any pathology you’ve created like SIBO or leaky gut AND cultivating a healthy digestive tract through lowering stress, eating gut-healing foods like fermented foods, and healthy bowel movements, you CAN eliminate symptoms and reverse disease.
- Take probiotics daily. A good dose is 10-30 billion daily
- Eat in a relaxed state. Put the fork down between bites.
- Chew each bite 31 times.
- Drink plenty of water between meals. Limit water consumption with meals as it can dilute your stomach acid.
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