My children were given a lot, and I mean A LOT, of chocolate last week by well meaning friends and relatives to celebrate Easter. And of course being children they just want to eat it all at once and the ‘pester power’ starts to annoy pretty quickly I’m sure you’ll agree!Well, as we were on holiday, on a boat, and at times there was little to do we all (apart from Chris who was navigating the Norfolk broads) ate too much of this chocolate. It started off as my 80/20 rule but turned more into a 60/40 rule, and it wasn’t even Green and Blacks!I enjoyed it immensely for the first day, but on day two my tummy started ‘talking’ to me. It was communicating very strongly that it didn’t like this alien invasion, and was reacting defensively against it. Won’t go into too much detail as some of you may be squeamish but it wasn’t pleasant. It serves me right, I know. It was totally self inflicted and I’m not complaining. It actually served as a rather useful experiment.
I love it when my body communicates with me because it means I’m in tune with it, and I can react before things get out of hand. It’s taken me years to get to this position; I like it but it’s still a steep learning curve.
Indigestion is just one of the ways your body communicates to let you know that all is not right inside. And if you take Rennie’s, or some other over the counter indigestion tablet, all you’re doing is masking the symptoms. They’re still there and they are there for a reason. It’s the cause you need to work on finding.
The digestive system is very important in detoxification of the body, if its not working you’ll get symptoms such as acne, constant fatigue, indigestion, depression, body odour, bad breath, headaches, allergies, skin breakouts, hyperactivity…. the list is endless. It means the toxins inside you are being ‘backed up’ and have no where to go until your digestion can work efficiently again.
If we constantly eat junk, processed, food with no nutrients contained in it. Drink sugary fizzy drinks that cause tooth decay and blood sugar highs, or even worse diet drinks full of artificial sweeteners.If we don’t exercise enough, don’t get enough quality sleep and don’t learn to let the stresses of life ‘go’ somehow, we are asking for very unhealthy insides.
To help keep your digestive system healthy you have to eat right – for your body. We are all different, and some of us suit foods that would not suit others. It’s worth taking the time to listen to your body and the messages it’s sending you on a daily basis. This will give you lots of clues regarding the food you are eating.
Obviously this list of foods is what I call ‘clean’ food. Food that has recently lived, whether it be fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, organic, local meat, fish, eggs, or whole grains, and good, clean, pure water too. Simple foods made up of one ingredient, not twenty and ten of which are unpronounceable . Foods that can pass through your body in the way they should, IE the body takes the nutrients out to utilise, and any waste is eliminated, swiftly.
If you’re not eliminating swiftly, IE several times daily you are constipated; some of the foods you are eating are not working for you. Not rocket science, but you would not believe the millions of pounds spent on laxatives in this country. Again this is merely pushing the ‘problem’ under the carpet, allowing toxins to build up and show up in other ways; health problems. Whilst they may seem minor IE, body odour or recurring tiredness or headaches they should be addressed, and soon before they multiply.
If you’re happy to continue living with one, some, or many ‘symptoms’ of an unhealthy digestive system you probably haven’t even go this far into this blog post!! If you are still reading its probably because you want to do something to enhance your well being in some way.
I hope so. You really ,really are what you eat, or even better you are what you digest.
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