Lately, I have been really into holistic health and healing due to some stomach issues and my terrible non-existent appetite. From my reading, I came across something called mindfulness, and the mind-gut connection.
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
“Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful”.
Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience. Some of the benefits from practicing mindfulness include:
- Stress reduction
- Helps you sleep better
- Facilitation of recovery
- Decreases depression
If you suffer from anxiety or depression or are lucky enough to have both like me, this 21-day detox is for you. You may be wondering how does a gut detox and being present in the moment (mindfulness) correlate…..
“Dr. Anthony Komaroff of Harvard Medical Schools explains that the answer is pretty simple: your brain and your gut are best buds. They’re in constant communication with each other, sending signals back and forth when your brain OR your stomach is distressed. Specifically, they’re connected through the Enteric Nervous System, or the ENS, which has over 100 million nerves running directly from your brain … to your stomach. So emotional distress can cause a distressed gut AND, strangely enough, a distressed gut can also cause emotional distress. It’s a two way street”.
Have you ever “gone with your gut”? or got “butterflies” in your stomach when you were nervous? That’s because of your enteric nervous system (ENS) aka your second brain, and its hidden within the walls of your digestive system. Are you constantly sick? tired? in a bad mood? or flat out have been told you have a condition? ( I have IBS) If yes, the culprit may be in your gut.
Signs you have an unhealthy gut:
♥ (I suffer from this symptom)
- Digestive issues (bloating, gas, diarrhea) ♥
- Anxiety ♥
- Depression ♥
- Mood Swings/Irritability ♥
- Skin problems
- Food allergies/sensitivities
- Frequent infections ♥
- Autoimmune disease
- Poor memory and poor concentration ♥
I have tried talk therapy, I have tried medication (which has made things better), but now I think its time to up the ante. I will be doing this detox through an elimination diet and practicing mindfulness with the hope of bringing my body back in balance.
For 21 days I will be abstaining from:
- Processed foods (sugar, white flour, etc)
- Foods containing preservatives
- Artificial sugars
- Saturated and Trans Fat
- Red meat
- Social media (outside of what necessary to promote my blog and business- so no leisure timeline scrolling or lurking)
I will be beginning the detox (today 4/4/17) and starting with a water flush. I will only be drinking water and detox tea for a complete 24 hours. Once that’s finished for 6 days I will not be eating any meat, just vegetables, and bone broth. For the remainder of the time, I will introduce chicken and fish back into my diet.
I have added television and social media to the list because I think they are huge distractions. You have to be VERY careful of the things you watch and listen too. Its so important to guard your spirit and since I anticipate some initial discomfort as my body fights off its addiction to sugar and whatever else its addicted too I want to stay away from anything that may upset me or unsettle my spirit.
For 21 days I will be:
- Only drinking water and tea
After 21 Days Ill check back in with my progress.
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