It’s a shame that people are reluctant to discuss gastrointestinal problems. This is despite the fact that they are incredibly common, affecting half of the population in any given year.
While there are many conditions that fall under this umbrella and all have different causes, there are two offenders that frequently make an appearance: stress and food choices.
Think back to when you’ve been stressed: you may have had butterflies, an upset stomach, or felt like throwing up. The link between the brain and gut is so strong, the latter is part of a system known as ‘the second brain’. We now also know there is a connection between digestive health and mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.
When you’re stressed, your body shuts down your digestive system because it’s not needed during the fight-or-flight response. The adrenal glands kick into action, the thyroid slows down because we don’t need to metabolise energy when we’re charged with adrenaline, and the reproductive system is affected.
It’s not just during periods of high stress; we’ve found digestive problems are also common in those who have rigid diets or a perfectionist attitude towards food — a different type of stress on the body.
It’s a miracle how some people survive on a heavy junk food and caffeinated diet. However, there are plenty of people who eat healthily yet also suffer from gastrointestinal problems. If this is you, it would be worth looking into FODMAP foods. The Low FODMAP Diet was initially found to be helpful for Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers, but there are now many others who reap the benefits. There are many nutritious and healthy foods on the FODMAP list such as apples and legumes; it just depends what your personal triggers are.
Kinesiology can help balance the stomach and gut so the system functions as it should, but the foods you’re putting in your mouth also play a huge role. This is where a lot of people fall down — the client and practitioner have to work as a team. You have to be ready to make changes to your diet and that’s something that many of us resist.
Kinesiology is an excellent treatment for digestive issues but it does take slightly longer — between three and six months — to see results. This is because it takes a while to implement (and stick to!) dietary changes, and the walls of the gastrointestinal tract need time to heal.
A pleasant, and somewhat unexpected, side effect of these changes is that you’ll feel better about life in general. You’ll be less foggy and exhausted, and it won’t seem so hard to take on challenges. We’ve found people are also less likely to self-sabotage, which is important in implementing any new health improvements.
For 2 decades Amos has struggled with Crohn’s, a serious digestive disease. He found himself falling asleep during classes due to the fatigue associated with his condition. But Kinesiology has seen him turn his health around. He explains in his own words:
“Last year I was hospitalised twice with a serious flare-up of Crohn’s disease and significant intestinal bleeding. My blood pressure had lowered and I’d become anaemic to the extent that a blood transfusion was necessary. I made a resolve to finally take this condition I’d had for the past 20 years seriously and look to something that could heal it at a more causal level. I was grateful for the allopathic medication I’d taken to maintain periods of remission but was also frustrated by just treating symptoms when I felt there was more I could do.
“I knew that each of my flare-ups had been preceded by stress and learned that Kinesiology works back from the physical stress stored in the body to the mental and emotional levels of this stress. I have been having regular Kinesiology this year and, in that time, I’ve had no flare-ups and noticed that my energy level has improved. An autoimmune disease like Crohn’s is complicated and I believe it needs to be treated holistically in the long term. Along with allopathic medicine and dietary and lifestyle changes, Kinesiology provides a key part of my health and wellness regime.”
If you have a question about how Kinesiology can help balance your digestive system, please get in contact with our practitioners on (08) 9330 7443.