It’s all about the belly baby
in the last blog we explored all the ins and outs of the digestive system and how it works, but one thing I want to highlight here is your quality of digestion.
Digestive quality . . .
is the strength and resilience of your digestive process and the ability your body has to absorb the nutrients you need from foods and medicines. In other words, if you have a poor digestive quality, it doesn’t really matter how ‘well’ you are eating because your body is struggling to process those nutrients. In some cases of deficient digestion as little as half of the nutrients we consume are assimilated into our bloodstream and are utilised by the body.
Stress of all forms (work-life, emotional, environmental and spiritual) are all key disruptors of the digestive system; the gut is consistently attempting to create balance however if there are stressors which are being overloaded into the psyche these all can result in an upset in the digestive tract.
Remember how I mentioned that gut feelings are guardian angels?
We have all heard about how 90% of serotonin is produced in the gut but so is 50% of dopamine, and the intestines produce and co-regulate 30 other neurotransmitters which can be found in the brain and CNS when it comes to regulating sleep, mental functioning, mood and hormones.
So the movement here is SUPPORT - how do we support and listen to this sacred system?
Here are 5 of my favourite medicines to support your gut:
Triphala is an ancient Ayurvedic herbal remedy consisting of three fruits: Amla (Emblica Officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), and Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica). It is known to be a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent that has been shown to have many beneficial effects on digestion.
In Ayurveda, Triphala is considered a "rasayana", meaning that it has rejuvenating properties that can promote overall health and longevity. The combination of the three fruits is believed to balance the three doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, which are said to govern different bodily functions.
Research has shown that Triphala can help improve digestive function by increasing the production of digestive enzymes and promoting healthy gut bacteria. It has also been found to have a protective effect on the liver, making it an excellent herb for detoxification.
One study found that Triphala helped improve digestive symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and that it was as effective as a commonly prescribed medication for IBS (1). Another study found that Triphala contains anti-inflammatory properties and helps in reducing gut inflammation, a key factor in many digestive disorders (2).
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Supporting the body is multi-faceted
Digestion isn't just about a herbal ally, much as it isn't always about the foods we do or don't consume. Health and wellbeing are holistic and require a gentle and tender awareness to allow for healing to manifest and allow for radiance to shine from the inside out.
So eat beautifully yummy, rainbow foods, have some chocolate, drink your medicines and most importantly - listen
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SENDING YOU BLESSINGS OF RADIANT WELLBEING
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