I have been doing a lot of research over the past few years regarding the gut brain axis- from the standpoint of the microbiome, meaning the bacteria living in our gut. It is interesting how the microbiome, through the gut-brain-axis, can influence hormones in our brain which in turn can affect our mood. The saying “I feel it in my gut” may have some more weight than we think. As I thought of the microbiome, I began thinking about digestion. I began questioning the idea of maldigestion- this inability to break down our food fully and to absorb all needed nutrients. I began to ponder disease vs dis-ease; Maldigestion vs inability to digest or accept with ease.
As I pondered away, I went past the digestive tract, past the esophagus, the lower esophageal sphincter, past the stomach and the duodenum past the jejunum and the ileum- beyond the ileocecal valve, past the large intestine and beyond the physical system into questioning what are the things that we can’t digest?? What if dis-ease and maldigestion are far more linked to emotions in our lives, in our past, thoughts in our minds than we think? What if heartburn= a burnt heart. Could psychogenic causes be this literal? I found the Mayo Clinic’s 2011 IBS study so interesting. It was found that traumas both emotional and psychological including physical/ mental abuse may contribute to adult irritable bowel syndrome. Dis-ease was actually causing disease.
What if we looked beyond diet when it comes to digestive issues and we begin looking at situations/events of our past and present which we find hard to accept or that we actually need to release or to forgive. Could this emotional work along with physical/ dietary changes bring greater outcomes in terms of digestive function…. food for thought (and digestion).
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Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren
“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” – Matthew 7:11
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” – Proverbs 4:23
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” – James 1:2-3
“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:6
“Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.”- Proverbs 16:3
“Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” Luke 12:24 – Luke 12:24
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