We've made it to part four of our exploration of "Gut Health Basics". Need to catch up?
Part One: When You Can (or can't) Feel It In Your Gut | The Basics of "The Gut"
Part Two: The Gut Brain Connection | Who's the real mother board? The brain? Or the gut?
Part Three: Shame and Digestion | How your thoughts and feelings are affecting your health.
Now that we know what we know from the previous three installments: we're gonna chew more (part one), maybe take a probiotic...
I'm taking a brief detour off of the well tread path of science and "health" to venture into the brain waves/patterns of thinking/psychology behind food.
Last week I shared about the gut brain connection, emphasizing that our gut has its very own nervous system. It is capable of communicating information to the brain, and the brain is capable of communicating information to the gut. Moreover, 90% of the communication is happening from the gut to the brain.
Remember the vagus nerve?
You are what you eat. Butterflies in your stomach. IBS related to nerves.
When I was a young thang singing in cabarets and doing showcases in New York City, I started noticing that before I went on stage, I would have HORRIBLE cramping in my stomach and feel the need to rush to the bathroom due to... tightening bowels right before my number was called. I had plenty of experience on stage and could think of no reason why this would suddenly be happening to me. The distress would...
Gut health has blown UP over the past few years which is pretty frackin' cool seeing as Hippocrates said it a couple (thousand) years ago: "All disease begins in the gut."
Sure, he may have had some other ideas that have since been proven... well... wrong... (sorry, buddy!), but modern science agrees with and has finally caught up with ancient medicine:
Your immune system?
Your neurological system?
Your endocrine (hormone) system?
They're all impacted by the health of your gut. A healthy gut...
One of the number one goals I hear is "I want to lose weight. Or… at least… if I stop all the emotional eating, maybe my body will settle at a lower weight.”
It makes sense. There's a lot of pressure on us ladies to keep it high and tight and maintain the illusion of youth and beauty (and super thinness) at all costs.
I smile with a deep understanding, nod, and ask:
What happens if you don't lose any weight?
What happens if you stay exactly the...