I have dealt with stomach issues almost as long as I remember – just as I have with mental health issues. I only made a real connection between those two and actually started to address them a few years ago.
I do remember how much it blew my mind to find out just how much what I put in my body (or don’t put) can affect my mental health.
I’ve struggled with IBS and anemia for yearssss which really forced me to look closer into the foods I was eating and how they were making me FEEL. But, also as someone who has struggled with eating disorders – eating was something I’ve had to be even more mindful of, to not fall into old habits or feeling guilty/ashamed for eating or restricting eating.
Our digestion is connected to our brain. But, also the other way round too – when we experience a lot of emotional issues, it can really disturb our digestion – and with that our mental health.
As I’ve been able to find more healthy ways to deal with my emotional issues and to calm my nervous system, I am able to listen to my body, my gut a lot more. I’m so much more aware of the foods that FUEL my body, rather than dampen it. Even though there are still habits that are not the best for my gut, I don’t beat myself up or shame myself for them.
I know, it’s all a process. And I am just a work in progress.
I’ve been really interested in the Ayurvedic approach, but also intrigued in @medicalmedium (Instagram). I really like the amount of attention he pays to the liver and actually cleaning it/getting it healthier. It’s not something I ever thought about before, but I know it’s something I’d like to put more attention in.
I also found a new love in learning about herbalism. It always blows my mind just how amazing NATURE is and that we really have alllll we need to HEAL.
But, sometimes we need to dig a little bit deeper and actually educate ourselves. Find what works for us, while still being loving and kind to ourselves & most importantly patient throughout this process🙏🏻.
I would love to hear your thought on this topic! What do you do to look after your gut? Did you know just how much it can affect your mental health?✨
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