Why Your Digestion Sucks... 👎

 Photo by Lemon Drops Photography

Photo by Lemon Drops Photography

I'm sorry that I've been MIA the last couple of weeks. I've been slightly hibernating from the social side of things, slash working hard on some amazing upcoming project. <<--- More information on that in the coming weeks! 

Good news! I'm back and I'm here to share the down and dirty details of what stress does to your body, your GUT more specifically. 

I was on the North Dakota Today Show last week and spoke about this topic and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Seems I hit a soft spot for many people. That's awesome... that's what I am to do. 

But, if you missed the segment (which is linked below) I wanted to recap and share all the great, extremely important information. As I find, it pertains to a TON of people. 

So, what does stress do to your gut? Oh so many nasty little things. Let me explain the whole picture for you. 

When we are stressed, we release hormones. One of those hormones being cortisol. Now, cortisol is great when we have an open wound or illness that our body needs to defend against. However, when we are stressed out because we're working 80 hours a week, our marriage is on the rocks, or we can't disconnect from the outside world for fear of missing out... that's a whole other story. 

When our stress levels are elevated because of the above things, our cortisol is on constant release. What happens then?!?! I knew you would ask that! 

Well, this steady release of cortisol then causes inflammation within our bodies. This inflammation in turn, results in the diminishing of our gut lining (we then see and experience things like leaky gut and other autoimmune diseases), our immune system then becomes compromised, and because of all this nonsense, we become more vulnerable to harmful bacteria. Thus, minimizing our ability to fight off infections and illnesses and in turn causes depression and anxiety. Noooooo good! 

Here are some tips to help avoid this and help you better manage stress...

  • meditation (however that looks for you) 
  • journaling
  • breath work
  • connecting with nature
  • yoga
  • essential oils (CHEER is my favorite blend for stress)
  • spending time with loved ones
  • setting boundaries around things that stress you out (i.e. work, certain friends, commitments, etc.)
  • quiet time ALONE in silence

Other things include: 

  • eliminating inflammatory foods and foods that you have an intolerance to. (reach out to me if you need help identifying these) 
  • eat prebiotic foods (artichokes, raw garlic, onions, leeks, green banana)
  • take a good probiotic
  • get plenty of sleep
  • prioritize movement
  • turn down antibiotics

Alright, that's a lot of information. But, I hope you find it helpful and start implementing these things into your life ASAP. If you need guidance, accountability, or clarity around these issues, reach out to me with questions and I'll be happy to help.