So you want to improve your gut health, and you’ve started down that path. Fantastic!
Let say, for example, you’re trying out some dietary changes which have been recommended to you. You implement most of them, and things are going really well! You’ve got more energy, your symptoms have settled down and you’re feeling good. But then one day you wake up and feel awful, have an upset stomach, maybe you feel nauseous and exhausted.
How frustrating to have started to see improvements and then have a huge setback like this. It can feel like things will never get better, so why bother trying?
Let’s explore this a bit further.
The gut is very sensitive to food, emotions and environment, and the reality is that things will be up and down. It’s important not to view these setbacks as failures or disasters, because that is not what they are.
They mean that either something you are doing is not working, or you might be under stress and your body has reacted to it.
Or, perhaps it was out of your control and it might have been something that you ate which was prepared by someone else. It might have even been something in the water. There’s so many reasons that we can have flare ups.
The point is, we need to keep these things in perspective.
Just like there are ups and downs in life, so too there will be ups and downs in gut healing.
There will be some trial and error to find what works for you. So this is where it’s really important for you to feel empowered to intuitively sense what feels right.
A professional will help you uncover what is most likely causing your symptoms and guide you through the healing process.
You can use this guidance to apply what you are learning, but at the end of the day it’s YOUR body, and you will need to take care of it going forwards. So it’s your inner connection with yourself that matters the most.
If you can honour the process, regularly tune in and get curious about flare ups, rather than frustrated, you’ll gain much greater insight into what your body is really trying to tell you.
You’ll also be much more gentle on yourself which accelerates the healing process.
The next time you have a flare up or set back, I encourage you to actually ask your body what happened. Meditate or do whatever you need to do to deepen inwards, ask the question and then listen deeply for the answer. The answer might come with words, feelings or just a sense of knowing. Keep an open mind and you might just be surprised.
Regularly tune in and sense what feels true for you. This will allow you to continue on into the future with the knowledge of how to best look after your own individual body and listen to it.
This is how you get long-term improvements, and it’s what gut healing is really all about.