Leaky gut, digestive issues, bloating, intolerance, celiac disease, diet, ...
These are gut related topics that are very common nowadays.
Many people have issues with their gut.
Many people have intolerances like: lactose- or gluten intolerance.
Issues with bloating, discomfort or an imbalance of gut bacteria.
Some of these issues can have causes like: “poor” diet, eating-disorders, stress or even the way they were born, …
sounds weird but stay tuned😉.
By “poor” I mean that people copy other people’s diets and use ways of eating that are presented on social media for example as a benchmark for their own eating behavior even if it may be completely wrong for them.
They use those “popular diets” as rules on what to eat, what not to eat, how much, how little, …
Vegan or vegetarian?
Keto or paleo?
Early dinner or late dinner?
3 big meals a day or 5 smaller meals a day?
Certain colors, quantities, eating schedules, the amount of carbs, fats, protein,…
See, it’s exhausting just reading it!
There is only one thing to say about this and it has been said 1.000 times –
eating is not a job and it does NOT have to be calculated or structured in ways that determine the course of every meal!
There are instances in which it people have to eat in a certain way:
for medical reasons,
ultimate sport performance,
to cure an eating disorder, …
But if you are a healthy individual with no major intolerances or disorders you should be fine eating whatever you want and feel like (in a reasonable manner where you don’t lack any of the natural foods with their vitamins and minerals).
And there is no reason to cut out or avoid any natural food groups for no reason.
I mean think about it: when you were a kid, did you waste just one thought on any of these things? I think not.
You ate when you were hungry, stopped when you were full and didn’t think about the order you were eating your carrots and peas or your peas and carrots in.
So why start now?
Obviously this one goes hand in hand with the topic before-mentioned.
They are sadly a very common occurrence in this day in age.
But if you feel like you have or are developing disordered thoughts/eating patterns, be sure to talk to a therapist or someone you know that has had a similar issue and ask for help.
Eating disorders are an illness that also may be a result of the influences of our modern-day society and should be treated and recognized like any other.
They take a lot of happiness and health from a person’s life and are extremely probing on the psyche and digestive system of the affected individual.
Stress is also a very common culprit of many contemporary physical and mental issues.
Stress can interfere with the hormones in our bodies and lead to:
lack of hunger,
weakened immune system and so on.
If you are feeling overly stressed and you feel like it is affecting your stomach,
take a second to write down what you eat every day,
how hungry or not hungry you feel and how it might be related to:
very stressful workdays,
fights with family members,
lack of sleep, …
Then you can compare this eating behavior to what you normally eat like or ate like at a time when you didn’t feel that stressed and see what the difference is and what might be the causes.
(of course it is imperative to solve the root cause of the source of the stress and to take actions like: therapy, meditation, yoga, breathwork, or whatever it is that you personally need to solve the problem)
It is a known fact that if children are born by way of a cesarean for example,
that this can lead to digestive issues,
intolerances or imbalance of the gut bacteria.
A newborn's belly is virtually devoid of microbes.
Normally during a vaginal birth the infant gets covered in bacteria on its way through the vaginal passage and some is ingested.
The infant picks up more bacteria through breastfeeding.
This way the child's gut begins to be populated with beneficial bacteria that also play a critical role in developing the infant's immune system.
Because a child that is delivered by c-section is not exposed to this,
there can be a number of imbalances and intolerances that may occur and cause issues in later life.
If you are experiencing bloating,
discomfort in the stomach throughout the day,
sensitivities to certain types of food, …
it may be beneficial for you to see a doctor that works with a specialized laboratory and get your gut-microbiome checked out
(the gut-microbiome is the collective of the microorganisms you harbor in your gut and simply put: the balance of different bacteria and bacteria-stems, if any are missing or overpopulated, …).
And last but not least, of course there is a correlation to our environment.
1.🍓🥫🍱There are many genetically modified foods,
produce that is sprayed with pesticides, herbicides or other chemicals to make it resilient,
foods that are so industrially processed that you don’t even know what they’re supposed to be anymore.
That this can mess up your gut speaks for itself, I’d say.
2.🤯📱🤑The huge amount of the present-day stresses like high-powered jobs,
that are not natural and can interfere with our sympathetic nervous- and digestive-system.
Which is why it is important to go out into nature,
To sit in the grass in quiet,
to breathe in fresh air,
to put down technology for a while
and to chill the hell out .
3.🌳🌊 And sadly because we have altered our environment in a way that humans have not or maybe cannot adjust to and that has evoked certain
imbalances, diseases and disorders that we have to deal with
and that will hopefully show people more and more,
that disconnecting from nature is not the way to go.
I hope that you have learned something that you didn’t know and that will help you get to the root cause of something that may bother you personally.
Have a good - whatever your time is now and I’ll see you again soon👋