The breath is our life force. It’s the essential ingredient to our bodies existence.
If you were to sit and meditate under a tree, your breath would likely be slow and deep. If you were chased by a large predatory animal, your breath would likely be fast and shallow. Either way, the breath sends these messages to the brain and the nervous system.
The mind turns over more than 60,000 thoughts in a single day. How we think can be impacted by how we feel. And, how we feel can impact how we think.
The gut is uniquely linked to the brain by the nerve that runs up the length of the spine, the vagus nerve. Our gut also sends messages to the brain via this nerve.
If you have a happy micro-biome and your body is performing optimally, the messages will relay that. But if you are feeling discomfort in your gut, or your digestion is upset, then those messages will have a very different signal.
Because of the way we eat and our stressful lifestyles, today we have an overwhelming number of gut disorders. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Gas and/or bloating. Coeliac disease. Gluten intolerance. GERD. Crohns disease.
If left untreated or mismanaged, these gut disorders can lead to further discomfort. Brain fog. Exhaustion. Depression. Anxiety. Fatigue. Cravings.
There is now strong research showing individuals on the spectrum have enormous improvements when their gut health is managed.
It makes sense that the connection between how we breathe and how we think can have a direct impact on the health of the gut. It also makes sense that the health of your gut is directly connected to your thoughts and your breath.
These are pieces of a big puzzle that contribute to the many systems within the human body and the way it functions. We cannot address just one thing. Managing your breath is only one part of the puzzle. Managing your mind and thoughts is only one part of the puzzle. Managing your gut is only one part of the puzzle. All the pieces are essential towards creating vitality.
Consciously manage your breath. Consciously manage your mind. Consciously manage your gut. Your body will love you for it.
Choose wisely. Live vibrantly.
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