Your gut and mind are connected believe it or not. I feel many people don’t associate the two as being one really. Over the years and through extreme periods of stress. I have found that is when my colon has been at its worst.
First example being nursing school. I’m greatful for the education, but at the time it was hell. I recall getting my first ticket when I was driving in Georgia where I went to college. It was like imediately when I saw the blue lights flashing behind me my stomach didn’t have to ask if it should hurt, it just imediately did. This is an example of how stress can manifest in bowel disorders unconsciously. Even though we aren’t linking the issues or thoughts that run through our minds all day everyday to the kind of bowel patterns we have. I promise you. There is a connection.
I have been battling this disease I will call it since I was 19 years old. Today I was scrolling through the news feed on Facebook and saw someone trying to make money by sucking people into believing they have the cure for irritable bowel disorders by paying money to buy their whatever. It mentioned a bacterial overgrowth which perhaps is a factor. However, I have to track it back again to what we are putting in our colons everyday. How did the bacterial overgrowth happen???? Not by eating fresh fruits and vegetables I bet. People are failing to see that the fast food that you eat quickly because your in a hurry, it doesn’t leave you quickly. It manifests causing bloating, flatulance, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, and even nausea. Why? The foods that are being cooked in these fast food restaurants are are cooked in highly saturated fats because it is cheaper. They are full of chemicals which our bodies are not equipped to handle. When the stomach and gut can’t easily digest something such as dairy, it produces more and more mucous to try to neutralize the acid these foods are causing. As a nurse I wouldn’t be afraid to say 75 percent of people are on or have taken some form of antacid or proton pump inhibitors for their reflux by the age 40. Many people take these meds for so many years; they mask other symptoms of more serious problems such as stomach cancers, esophageal cancer, and pancreatic cancers. Doctors don’t seem to hesitate to prescribe Prevacid or protonix for someone when they mention recurrent reflux or heartburn. I just encourage people to start educating yourself about what your eating and how it is affecting your digestion. The foods we eat affect our skin and hair as well. I have noticed that when my daughter eats lunch at school she gets acne on her forehead. If I am a “good mom” ha and fix her lunch for a week or so the acne improves. I see a correlation there and I know what is being fed to the children in schools is not healthy. The poor children certainly can’t drink adequate amounts of water because god forbid they have to use the restroom! There is a plethora of information online and of course that does not mean it is all true or valid. I believe you have to find what works for you and sometimes what others are doing will resonate with you and you will find positive change in incorporating some of their daily food habits.
I feel that probiotics are absolutely essential for anyone who has bowel issues. I know that our food is deficient in necessary probiotics and nutrients today. If you think about the average fast food diet it is fiberless. Fiber is the key to a colons success. First you have to be able to clean out the mucous and debris essentially that is not needed. If you are never eating foods that contain cellulose or fiber how can you do that? When you drink a lot of milk or other forms of dairy , it is contributing to the mucous production and not in the cleansing that is necessary to have a happy colon. For a time I used probiotics on and off and my colon was on and off, but I find when I take a probiotic daily or even twice a day depending on the strength there is a distinct difference in regularity there. I talk to some people that say they take probiotics, but if they are eating processed foods, grease; high fat diets it’s like swimming upstream for the probiotic. It has to fight even harder to make any notable difference in the gut. It’s like if you clean all your drawers out you are organized! You know where all your socks are and perhaps your favorite shirt. When everything is a mess good luck finding what you need. Same thing with our body it’s always craving balance and when it’s out of balance it will manifest in our moods, bowel habits, and diseases. Some people have wiped out their immune systems which I feel originate as well in the gut by taking a lot of antibiotics over the course of their lives. Antibiotics serve a great purpose, but when your taking them all the time your murdering your colons normal flora and if you are not replenishing it with pre-biotics or probiotics you are going to find yourself in trouble. I see people like this, it is a vicious cycle. They are constantly sick and have no idea why. Markus Rothkranz talks about prebiotics in a video on You Tube. Check it out, I found it to be very informative.
The thing about probiotics is they are everywhere now. You can buy them online, at drug stores, Whole Foods, and other grocery stores. I try to buy ones that are refrigerated with the hope they still have active live cultures in them. Also some may disagree, but sauerkraut has worked amazingly for me. I don’t mean the kind you buy in the can. I mean raw sauerkraut. This is the brand I use and I love it. I eat it cold on my salad with avocado and its really good. This is just another way to introduce probiotics to the gut.
Also I may have mentioned in another blog that coconut kefir is awesome!! I feel so good when I eat it. No dairy or processed sugars like we see in yogurt. Here is a picture of the brand I have been using.
I purchase it from Whole Foods. It’s full of live cultures that will make your gut happy!! Just a few things to try.
One more thing, please check out Anthony William, the Medical Medium. His book and now second book have so much information about various health disorders and the foods that we can choose to eat to help heal our bodies. I find bananas are awesome for colitis. I eat at least two everyday in my smoothies. I’m always happy to answer any questions in regards to Ulcerative Colitis. I feel our diet has contributed greatly to the demise of our gut health and thats why when I see people pushing “magic new medicines” to “heal” these disorders. I know that no medicine alone is going to do that. Until we start putting living foods in the gut it will continue to fight for life itself.