Mind, Body, Spirit Connections

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Listening to your gut~

I've been reading about the "gut". Do you know most of our illness and chronic disease stems from the gut -- our digestive tract? From the moment our saliva glands begin to water until we sit on the "pot" (forgive me), an incredibly intricate set of processes are in motion to ingest, digest, absorb, and eliminate the food we eat.

Most importantly, what we are eating, how we are eating, and even what we are thinking and saying while we eat plays a vital role in our health. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, Crone's disease, bloating, gas, acid reflux (and I could go on) are all a result of something going awry in our digestion and absorption.

The kicker is that many of us suffer needlessly because we have not healed our early life wounded-ness. Many of our "gut" issues can be traced back to early life. How many times have you not listened to your gut --your inner voice? Did something because it was the 'should' thing to do, or the expected thing to do, or because someone else was insisting? Think about it for a minute.

How many times have you put something into your mouth, and your inner voice is saying "that really isn't good for you?" How can you possibly assimilate that food properly and with joy, if you are feeling bad about your food choice? You can't. Immediately there is conflict and this is played out in the digestion of that food. Or, if you are eating mindlessly or thoughtlessly because you are emotional and "stuffing" -- this all impacts your digestive system and can wreak havoc.

Food for thought. Listen to your gut! It's wiser than you think~

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