Confucius knew what he was talking about when he said that ‘bliss begins in the bowels’.
The importance of bowel health and its effect on our physical, emotional and spiritual well being cannot be underestimated.
The bowel or colon is the first place that registers if we are stressed, and as stress leads to dehydration keeping hydrated is the first and probably most important thing we can do to support our bowel health. This means making choices about what we eat and drink that will as much as possible hydrate and not dehydrate us. Minimizing stress within our lifestyles also has an impact so we have quite a challenge on our hands – given the demanding lives that so many of us lead!
Any imbalance in the colon has the potential to back up within our bodies and create further problems elsewhere – particularly the skin, lungs and mind.
This makes sense as we all know how sluggish we can feel when ‘things’ aren’t moving! And when all is well how much more energy, motivation and clarity we have.
Remember too that no part of our body works in isolation. Whatever we do to support healthy functioning of our bowels will have a knock on effect on the rest of our health. i.e our liver, skin, lungs, mind etc…
Here are some suggestions to support bowel health:
– Drink at least 2 litres of fresh clean water daily.
– Keep regular tea/ coffee to a minimum – these are not hydrating drinks.
– Short grain brown rice is a great soothing food for the colon – and hydrating. Have daily if you can eat grains.
– Juicing vegetables is a great support to the body’s cleansing process – especially green foods i.e. celery, cucumber, lettuce, kale.
– Aim to have a diet rich in vegetables – this will give you valuable nutrients that can protect against disease, and natural fibre which helps the digestive tract to keep things moving!
– For some, pasta and bread can be a real challenge to digest – it can sit like glue in the digestive tract. Become more aware of what hinders and helps your bowels to keep eliminating regularly.
– Taking regular exercise -even walking a bit more than usual can help our body’s detoxification process.
– Taking time to meditate or just relax in the park, or in a quiet space, can help the body to relax and switch off the ‘fight or flight’ programme that we are often in even without realising, and which can impact unfavourably on our digestive health.
Have a look at the Bladder and Bowel Foundation for more information: http://www.bladderandbowelfoundation.org/bowel/healthy-bowel.asp
And this is a very informative website on Nutritional advice for a healthy colon: http://www.livestrong.com/article/272990-nutrition-for-a-healthy-colon/
Take care and look after yourself always! 🙂