Meditation and Gut Health

Meditation and Gut Health

What Meditation Has to do with Gut Health

When you think of meditation you probably don’t associate it with better digestion and gut health. I know I didn’t until I learned just how much stress influences our gut health and just how powerful meditation is for decreasing stress.

What Evolution Has to do With Healthy Digestion

Issues like leaky gut often come from living a high-stress lifestyle. Most of us are under a lot of stress in today’s world.

When you’re feeling anxious or rushed, your body goes into fight or flight.

This is a survival mechanism that’s been with us since long before our frontal lobes developed. Back when we had to struggle just to survive, fight or flight was useful, but nowadays we don’t have to fight off predators and run for our lives (at least not often). This response to external stress kicks in anytime something triggers our stress response.

When your body is in fight or flight it isn’t able to direct much energy towards proper digestion. The food we take in when we’re in a hurry, working, or worried just sits in our guts until we’ve calmed down enough to initiate digestion. But a person’s still gotta eat and that’s where things get tricky. If you want healthy digestion, more energy, clear skin and a calm nervous system, meditation is the answer.

How Meditation Helps Our Digestion

Learning and practicing meditation over time helps to decrease stress and turn off the fight or flight response that many people are all too familiar with. The nervous system and the gut are inextricably linked. Humans were never designed to be stressed out all the time, and when we learn to calm our nervous systems our health improves dramatically.

When you get used to tuning into your breath and releasing stressful negative thought patterns your digestion will improve, you’ll have more energy for fun activities and life will seem a whole lot less overwhelming.

meditation and gut health

Easy Ways to Incorporate Meditation in your Life

Simply taking even 5-10 minutes a day to sit down in a quiet comfortable place and focus on the breath is enough to make a difference.

Set aside time each day to do nothing but breathe. Allow any thoughts that arise to drift away without attachment.

Here’s a great list of apps you can use to help you easily make meditation a part of your life. Or try the Headspace app.

 

Additional Help

If you would like additional help, please check out my programs: Restored Moms Programs. If you are just looking for a jumpstart, there are programs you can do on your own. If you are really struggling and feel you need a more detailed program, I offer one-on-one coaching.

I suffered for years from fatigue, anxiety, depression, hormone issues, digestive issues and just overall not feeling like I felt I should. I thought maybe it was just because I was a mom and my kids had sucked the life out of me. My doctor told me I was just getting older.

I couldn’t accept that this was how I would feel everyday, I wanted to enjoy time with my kids, not dread them asking me to play with them.

Fast forward through many health struggles and now I finally feel like I am in control of my health.

It has been a long journey to get to where I am now but what I have learned is that the basic principles of health, are some of the most important pieces of where I am today. Understanding what your body needs to function at it’s best is one of the most powerful tools, it’s not some fancy, expensive gadget or supplement. It’s the basics that are important! Diet and Lifestyle can make a huge impact on your health and well being.

My mission is to teach other moms how to take back their health, energy and mood naturally. Empowering them to take charge of their own health and well being, as well as raise healthy, happy kids.

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