I LOVE this illustration and quote from Dr. Alejandro Junger, “Your intuition, your ‘gut feeling,’ has its hardware in and around the intestines, a brain larger than the one in your skull. If your gut is not healthy your ‘gut feelings’ won’t be accurate, which is like being an explorer with a broken compass… “
Dr Junger’s quote and this illustration offers the kind of information that always gets me thinking.
Because I’ve spent much time studying with Anthony Robbins and other success guides, I find myself circling back to the point that Dr. Junger offers us with questions I’ve had about the accessibility for creating success IF we indeed suffer from poor health. That is, if our gut health is awry in ways that impede even our intuition, how can we “create state,” how can we create success with lasting and meaningful results, as Anthony Robbins teaches us, if we are biochemically off? How can, as Darren Hardy, editor of Success magazine and author of The Compound Effect, a daily commitment to small, seemingly insignificant practices produce the ginormous results he describes as possible in his book, if we are tripping physically, mentally and/or emotionally from poor gut health?
Restoring the health of our gut is pivotal, and is the foundation of my work, the foundation of my efforts as a health coach simply because I personally know how poor gut health can thwart our efforts in achieving success in other areas of life because our ‘our machine’ is ‘out of whack.’ Indeed, this IS the very reason why I say it is NOT about food (my mission as a health coach), but about living life fully. Personal experience and tireless research makes clear how poor gut health does indeed get in the way of creating our selves and our life fully. I always say to clients, we can pray all day long, we can grow ourselves professionally, financially, physically and personally… day in and day out. We can even have the most opulent home and luxurious car, shoes, watch, BUT, if we are bio-chemcially off, if our bodies are not functioning as were designed to function, if we are NOT healthy, the question then emerges, have we really achieved all that we are capable of achieving? How can we know if the life we are living is the richest, the fullest the most vital, if everything we’ve done emanates from a ‘dis-eased,’ ‘broken context?’ It’s like a house of cards, or icing on a mud-pie. If our digestion is off, if our minds are not clear, if we are constrained by illness, even seemingly unrelated illness, and the neurotransmission in our gut fails to connect our ‘inner’ circuits to our brain, all that was possible for us may very well elude us.
Optimizing or restoring the health of our gut is essential for proper digestion, proper absorption and proper elimination to occur. If one of these processes fails to function optimally, our overall health will suffer, even our intuitive gut feelings.
To restore the health of our gut we begin with “crowding out” toxic food, drink and lifestyle practices that cause inflammation and an overly acidic body. Add in healthy, healing whole foods, like 80% raw vegetables (especially green) and low-sugared fruits. Eliminate ALL processed foods. Take a probiotic and eat probiotic-rich foods like raw-fermented vegetables. Go for a walk and take in some Vitamin D. Breathe deeply. Research repeatedly shows that we create great health and vitality when we practice our health care from a holistic health-care approach. This course of action will set the stage for greater health and well-being in all areas of life. If you want additional support in healing your gut with whole, nutrient-dense foods, from a well-rounded holistic perspective, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org