As a practitioner, I believe that the connection between mental health and the body (more specifically the gut) is something that we need to be talking more about! We are going to examine the connection between gut health, the body, and your brain.
The importance of your gut
There is a direct communication between your gut microbiome and your nervous system. This is known as the gut-brain connection. Different parts of our body are in constant communication with other parts of the body in order to regulate effectively keeping “everyone” on the same page.
- Inflammation of the gut has been linked to impacting mental and emotional health
- Probiotics and healthy eating have the ability to restore microbiome balance
- Caring for your gut health also supports your mental health
- Health and healing of the gut-brain connection takes time and consistency
This may all be new information to you and if it is, that is okay. I am going to break down some common misconceptions when it comes to body and brain health and some ways in which I can support you.
Here are 3 body + brain misconceptions
1. What you eat and the way you care for your body are independent of your mental health status
Hormones, neurotransmitters, and other biological factors that are released from the gut send signals to the brain. This means that what you eat and how you care for your body all impact your brain which influences your mental health.
2. It is okay to be inconsistent with your diet and exercise
When all is said and done, consistency and being persistent with your diet, exercise, and self care routines provide the most support for your nervous system and make the biggest impact on your mental and emotional health compared to only caring for yourself some of the time.
3. Your body is limited in the way in which it communicates with you
Our bodies are amazing in the ways in which they communicate with us. Oftentimes stress, anxiety, acne, inflammation, sickness, or other forms of di-sease and illness are signals from the body that we need to pause, rest, slow down, or reevaluate how we are caring for ourselves. There is no limit on what our body can do and communicate to us.
All three of these misconceptions can help you re-examine your own knowledge on the brain and body connection.
If you are wanting support around how to heal your gut in order to achieve your full potential in healing, book a clarity call with me to find out how I can support you further in your journey.
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