Through a long and arduous journey, many times nearly loosing faith in my own body I discovered that digestion is not merely just breaking down foods; it is a SOURCE of physical, emotional and mental health. A strong digestion system boosts the immune system and helps lower levels of inflammation in the body, on a mental level helps us to be more clear and focused, not only able to digest food properly but also the ability to better digest internal and external experiences.
I am not alone am I? You have probably had times in your life where your body felt like the enemy, leaving you feeling disconnected, confused, angry at it or even disgusted by it? But we can move away from those questions of "Why is my body failing me" to an empowered state of making choices to optimise the experience you have within within our bodies. We can be more of an active participant in our health. We can take responsibility to care for our own health and choose health care providers which share their knowledge and power by teaching us how to better serve ourselves and work together for healing.
Taking a look at what you consume and if your body can digest it well is another layer of self-exploration and making little steps can make a BIG impact. I know many people whom experimented just giving up gluten or sugar for 6 weeks to see if it made a difference, some had miraculous results and continued with the changes. Right now for instance I am living in a very humid country, the external environment started to effect me internally creating an excess of dampness. I started having symptoms like heavy limbs, dull headaches, a mild yeast infection and constipation and so I limited sweet things and I cut out my big morning fruit bowl and waiting until after 3pm to eat fruit (fruit is cold, wet and raw and increases dampness) and replaced it with carbohydrates, my funny house mates are calling it "The great potato experiment of 2020" But the symptoms have already cleared after 5 days!
Our food has a direct impact to the potential and quality of our daily experience within our own unique home - Our beautiful body.
"Our health is determined by what we eat and how we eat it. As our only renewable resource besides air and water, food is the fabric out of which we create ourselves everyday"
- Gail Reichstein
I want to finish with a gentle reminder to you lovely people that often our body is showing us signs that there is something off in the digestive system but we acclimatise to them, the symptoms we have became our ‘normal’ and so somehow they are dismissed. BUT... Things like having a bloated stomach after every time you eat, excessive burping, fatigue, brain fog, loose stools, constipation, yeast infection, excess phlegm, mental spaciness, bad gas, acne, skin rashes are all signs that something is off balance. Your body is talking to you, pay attention and take action. Getting a full nutritional evaluation by a practitioner of TCM, Ayurveda or nutritionist can be a good place to start when considering dietary changes, an insightful book is Gail Reichsteins book "Wood becomes water" for a TCM point of view. For Ayurveda David Frawley has many insightful books.
As you take responsibility and observe yourself heal, feel stronger and more connected to yourself, it won’t be long until you find the process inspiring and even joyous. I once read that maintaining health is easier then regaining health, this I can relate; it was hard work at the beginning and a lot of effort to get better but now I take much joy in sustaining a healthy life and experimenting with different things when things are out of balance within. It is not to say that the food we eat is the only thing which contributes to the over all health and wellbeing of us, there can be mutiple factors in any health issues, this is just one of the pieces of the puzzle when it comes to wellness but its an important one and worth exploring.
I hope you enjoyed reading, I am so passionate about this topic and loved writing about it. Your body has the power and ability to heal itself through exploration, intergration and awareness. Please reach out to me for questions!
So much Love