Have you ever experienced that “Gut Feeling” before a big decision? Or butterflies in your stomach before meeting the one “forever after”? Or what about those terrible tummy twists when we are under stress? How do we cope through all circumstances?
EAT WELL.FEEL WELL.
The Mind-Gut connection EAT WELL.FEEL WELL…that”Gut Feeling”
These are the sensations we feel first hand that confirm emotional experiences are intimately connected to digestion. The connection between the mind and the gut is a two way road. In fact, the gut sends more information to the mind than vice versa (a’la “gut feeling”). Many of these messages travel ‘upstream’ along the vagus nerve. The microbes in your digestive system have a direct effect on the brain as they produce certain neurotransmitters. Special cells in the gut also produce hormones and neurochemicals that directly affect mood, including serotonin and endorphins. This relatively new area of research is opening up a new perspective on how our gut health affects how we think, feel and behave and also the role it plays in disorders such as anxiety and depression. But the nerves of the gut are only half the story. Toxicity plays an important role, we highly recommend Dr. Wendy Meyer’s page here to educate yourself more on the topic….Clearly, we are all victims of our modern life.
Maintaining and supporting strong digestion through our food choices is vital. EAT WELL.FEEL WELL. The relationship between body and mind shall be our most nurtured one.
Our digestive health not only supports and breaks down the food we ingest at mealtimes, but it is also responsible for how we metabolize daily experiences and information. The strength of our body’s capability to digest is directly related to our ability to understand and comprehend knowledge and process emotions and sensory experience. ( linking to this topic check out the phenomenol work by Ruediger Dahlke / DISEASE AS A SYMBOL . This is one of his 40 books, that understands illness as a sensual phenomenon, as a means employed by the soul to bring unresolved psychological conflicts to the awareness level. This requires an understanding of the symbolic meaning of illness. This manual lists patterns of well over 1,000 symptoms. It offers assistance with self-help and enables the user himself/herself to address the learning tasks indicated by the illness, how our disoredrs manifests first through our energetic bodies how Paracelsius used to heal… and then grows into whatever your mind is capable to turn it into….)It is the governing force in our body and source of good health. A strong digestive system leads to a strong and capable mind. EAT WELL. FEEL WELL. Bingo!!! Therefore, the foods we eat have a significant impact on our mood, how we feel each day and how we handle difficult times. We need to relearn to eat for digestion and health and we shall find ourselves processing emotions more efficiently, feeling lighter, brighter and more enthusiastic about life. But most importantly aware.
How do we find your wellness in our digestion?
Unfortunately Australia’s suicide rate is the highest it has been for at least ten years. In 2015, 3,027 people ended their own lives in Australia. That’s 12.6 people in every 100,000. That’s more than eight people every single day.
One person every three hours.Today almost three years later this number is scarier then ever…
So yes, it is very important tro start looking all sorts of connections between mind, daily pressure, modern food and lifestyle.
By improving our mood firstly we start assessing our gut health, that is root of many emotional imbalances. If it’s off kilter, our physical, mental and emotional health will be out of balance too. Of course, in modern life there are many stressors that can leave us feeling despondent such as career pressures, relationship troubles, financial worries or lack of fulfillment. A healthy digestive system is not going to magically take these problems away, but it will boost our physical and emotional strength and put us in a better position to cope with tough times. So EAT WELL. FEEL WELL. We tent to forget or overlook …Our spiritual wellbeing is the ultimate foundation for happiness. However, without strong digestion, it may feel like we’re taking two steps forward and one step back. Improving digestion can play an important role in in reducing the physical causes of unhappiness.
Does our food choice influences our character?
By the miracle of digestion, food that we eat becomes transformed into living human flesh. This profound assimilation of food changes your chemistry. The familiar adage, “You are what you eat,” means that as food changes your chemistry, it changes your identity. Nerve tissue is highly sensitive to the changes in your blood chemistry that happen after you eat. As your blood chemistry changes, so do your emotions and thoughts. You might be aware of how certain foods, like sugar,(next time we will dwell into this in much more detail) can have a big impact on our personality….remember those kids parties when the little ones just end up high on sugar?!
Once you know how food affects your personality, you can make a better choice for how you want to live.
Today, write down some foods that you eat every day. Pick one. How does that food affect your personality? If you’re not sure, abstain from the food for one week. Then eat it again.
Happy discovering and resensitizing!
PS:Spring is in the air and we should be full of new energy…EAT WELL.FEEL WELL.