Kinesiology for gut health
Do you commonly suffer from digestive upset like reflux, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, belching or stomach cramps?
Do you have a tendency to gain or lose weight easily?
Do you suffer from food allergies or intolerances?
Are you looking at improving your current diet or digestion?
Do you feel your energy level always slumps after lunch?
Growing research shows that imbalance in gut bacteria is linked to number of health conditions such as food allergies, IBD, coeliac disease, diabetes and even depression.
The research also seems to agree that the restauration or maintenance of the gut health involves a holistic plan of attack. During a Kinesiology session, we will explore your gut health applying this principle by looking at your diet, the physiological and emotional aspects that could affect your digestion and ways to optimise it.
To really improve gut issues and overall wellbeing when looking at the food we eat, we need to consider “does it have the optimal amount of nutrients?”, “does my body have the ability to break down food into the factors required?”; “are nutrients assimilated and utilised properly?”
We also need to think about how we eat our food. We tend to all be in such a hurry that we do not chew our food nearly as well as we should. Are we just rushing to get lunch? working or watching TV at same time? Having animated conversation while eating?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the mind and body are not separated. Both physically and intellectually, the Spleen Qi is responsible for digestion by transforming and transporting the food and extracted nutrients as well as processing and “digesting” information and thoughts. Therefore, over-thinking, ruminating ideas, worry patterns and even excessive mental concentration (for example when studying) directly affects the Spleen Qi and its main function of transforming and transporting the food and extracted nutrients. For example, eating in front of the TV (taking in food and mental stimulation at the same time) weakens the Spleen Qi. A range of symptoms may arise from Spleen imbalance such as poor appetite, bloating, reflux, diarrhea, fatigue, foggy thinking and more… Eating in peaceful surroundings will help your body to relax and digest easier.
It is interesting to note common English idioms where digestion and thoughts are related, for example we hear commonly that an idea is “hard to digest” or that it gives them “food for thought.”
[Note: The Spleen is capitalized here to denote its Chinese medical interpretation – not just the physical organ that western medicine recognizes, but the energetic function that the Spleen represents, which operates on many levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.]
From a western point of view, we also have the concept of state of mind affecting digestion. Under stress or when in survival in other word “fight/ flight” state, the nervous system is triggered and prepares the body for action. In this state, digestion and immunity are given much lower priority, while more energy is made available to our muscles and our heart rate increases. Hormones released during the stress response also counteract the efficient absorption process of some vitamins and minerals or depletes them.
It is important to note that the state of “gut health” may mean something different from an individual to the other due to genetic variability and and also variability of genetic of the intestinal gut flora therefore not the same advices may apply to each individual.