Something I often hear from clients is that they have tried many avenues to overcome their gut problems such as detoxes, cleanses, supplements and different diets, and that these things helped while they were on them, but then their symptoms come back.
So why does this happen?
The main issue here is that these avenues don’t address the root cause of the problem. It’s like taking laxatives for constipation – it will help move your bowels when you use them, but unless you correct the issue at its source, you will need to rely on the laxatives long-term.
The other problem with these approaches is that they are temporary in nature. They are attractive, because they offer a quick fix (wouldn’t that be great!), but the reality is that we need to do the inner and outer work required to make lifestyle changes that are going to support our gut, and our overall health, for the long-term.
We can all create new, healthy habits, but if we don’t address what caused us to form bad habits in the first place, we will easily end up back there as soon as things get busy or we are triggered emotionally.
Let’s use weight loss as an example, as the principals are very similar to gut health.
Let’s say you want to lose 5kg, and you’re currently in a pattern of unhealthy eating and not exercising. So, you’ll need to integrate new habits to eat better and exercise. This requires an emotional and energetic shift because there are reasons that you’re in this pattern in the first place.
Life is busy, but we all have the power to choose what we prioritise.
If we always prioritise work over exercise, for example, we would need to look at the reasons and emotions behind this. If we know that we are an emotional eater, we would need to address why we seek comfort in food, because without doing this, we’ll end up back there as soon as we are triggered.
I use this example because if you have gut problems, emotional eating and a lack of exercise will definitely aggravate your symptoms.
When it comes to the gut, the three core pillars to address are:
1. Body – making sure that the diet is right, your nutritional status is solid, and your biochemistry is balanced.
2. Brain – the gut and brain are connected via the gut-brain-axis. I’ve written about this a lot in previous posts, so check these out if you’d like to learn more. We know that emotions affect gut symptoms and vice versa.
3. Biome – the balance of the gut microbiome is critical. We need to have the right balance of healthy bacteria so that we can digest our food properly, have proper gut motility and protect the lining of the intestines, just to name a few
So you can see how doing a 30 day cleanse isn’t getting to the source of the problem, and that this is really only a short-term solution.
I’ve spoken about my healing journey before – it was a physical and emotional journey that lasted a few years. Through this, I put several things in place to maintain my gut health. However, when I started my business, I went through a huge emotional upheaval that challenged me and I stopped doing a number of things, resulting in me ending up right back where I was a couple of years ago!
While things can never be ‘perfect’ when you live with a gut condition, you can absolutely develop the intuition to recognize where you need attention and tend to it. This is what will help you to maintain your best health into the future.