Do you know that your gut health can affect your waistline?
For most of us the place we hold our extra weight is round our waist or tummy. It's possible this could be related to our bowel health as much as to what we eat and how we move.
Most of our vital organs are located in our abdomen, they help to keep us alive so the body always wants to protect them.
If the bowel does not function well, has wastes sitting in it too long, creating toxic gas and bacteria, then this creates too much acidity.
So now the body needs to protect the organs from this toxicity and acid, so it lays down a layer of fat to protect them. Visceral fat.
Some visceral fat is necessary but when the tummy becomes barrel shaped then this is too much.
Now this fat could be creating pressure on the organs preventing them from working properly. Too much visceral fat is linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, acid reflux, back pain, reproductive problems to name some.
So why isn't the bowel working?
It may be hereditary in that we get our gut bacteria from our mothers, who got it from their mothers. So if the source was not at its best then the next generation may not be.
Eating the wrong foods means the bowel is overloaded and does not have the right content to keep things moving. Too much sugars, alcohol, medications and processed foods are all causes of poor bowel activity.
Stress is a creator of acidity. Think of times when you are anxious and you can literally feel the churning and acid in your gut. This has the knock on effect of making us choose poor foods and drinks which brings us back to point 2. Also stress can cause shallow breathing so we don't take in enough oxygen to scour the digestive system clean allowing even more toxins to thrive and build up, making us feel more stressed making us eat the wrong foods.
See the cycle?
So taking care of your gut really can take care of your "gut"!
What can you do to help?
To improve your gut bacteria a good probiotic with billions of viable bacteria will help. Fermented foods are also a good source of bacteria, such as kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut and yogurt. It may take some time but give it at least 3 months
Make a decision to reduce sugar and cut out white foods like white bread, rice and pasta and pastry. These foods create an imbalance in gut bacteria and slow the elimination of waste in the body. Switch to wholemeal and wholewheat, or try rye or spelt.
Do something that reduces your stress levels. It could be just tummy breathing in the morning, to yoga, or swimming or walking or meditation. Journalling can be a good way to release stress and get help if you need it, talking to someone, get a coach or nutritionist. We all need help and guidance at different times for different situations.
And of course try a colonic, it's such a simple way to help reduce the load in the bowel and get it back working as it should. It’s easier than you think and I promise that your well being and dignity are of utmost importance to me during your treatment. So get in touch if you have any questions or would like to book in.
Sarah Helping you be your best self
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