From fatigue, diabetes to auto-immune conditions and everything in between; they all share a common link – THE GUT!
Our GUT isn't just for stuffing food into, we are a finely tuned system right from the brain to your backside, and every organ within relies on the food we put in to be able to deliver to the rest of our bodies the precious nutrients to function.
If we aren't digesting, we are stagnating (smelly anyone?), undigested foods wreak havoc on our intestinal system and will eventually lead to inflammation, depression auto-immune conditions – the list goes on.
Stress, medications, alcohol, soda, caffeinated drinks, wrong food choices all play a huge part in how well our digestive system will work, each and every day.
We make choices minute by minute: what to wear, what makeup, new car, who to hang with, but why do we pay so little attention to what we are feeding ourselves?
When did eating go from being a special time to sit, relax and connect, to a speed race because the clock says so or to self-soothe our isolation and disconnect?
When life feels like it is all too much, do you find yourself reaching for another coffee and chocolate bar to get through the day? It's really easy to eat crap and ignore how lousy you feel rather than take responsibility for your own health, but it's a slippery slope with devastating consequences.
It's time to turn your relationship with yourself on its head and re-evaluate from an educated point of view.
It's there just for the taking, you only need to ask.
The most important thing you can ask yourself is why – why do I feel this way, why do I crave these foods, why do I have this disease?
NOT SURE WHERE TO START?
Do you know what the word Doctor means?
It's a Latin word- Docco – it means to teach.
Ask to be taught about your health the next time you are scolded for googling your health.
BUT be empowered – research your health so you know what questions to ask and WHAT the answers really mean to you.
Simple steps to take now are; sit and relax, pay thought to what you are putting into your mouth... CHEW!.
Share a meal, put down the technology and reconnect with other people.
Play a little music and make your food, don't just reach for a packet... EAT REAL FOOD.
Cooking doesn't need to be an arduous task, simple meals are often the best.
When you are dining out, make conscious choices. It's okay to ask about ingredients and it's okay to stand up for your health.
There is no 'one size fits all solution'; no 'magic pill'.
But there is education and there is a way.
Emma Reeves is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. Emma believes in nutrition education through action.