Louise is a very vibrant & alert & active 88 years old!
How happy you are and how fabulous your life is based on "how well you digest life." Ahlea Khandro
What a powerful statement and measurable testament to how well your life is going. Mine is a gigantic mess right now as is evident by the state of irritability my guts put me through every couple of days. I am endlessly bloated, rumbly, and suffering from loose bowels. My body screams at me when my life gets unbalanced & out of control.
Ahlea spoke about how powerful & sensitive our body is and gave a warning about the products we put on our skin. She gave a wonderful experiment of taking a peeled clove of garlic and rubbing it between your toes. She said within a few minutes, you will taste the garlic in your mouth because your skin allows the garlic to absorb directly into your blood. She cautioned that "if you wouldn't eat the ingredients in your lotions and potions, then you shouldn't put it on your skin." Pretty easy to understand experiment to test for yourself.
The other information that I took away from the show was:
- 80% of your immunity is located in your gut.
- Gut issues directly effect your immunity.
- 95% of your bodies serotonin is located in your gut.
- Serotonin is your "happiness hormone" which regulate and supports your sleep, happiness, self esteem and mood (depression).
I will be putting this book on my must read list as they also repeatedly mentioned problems with people who have had their gallbladders removed and the side effects and dietary issues associated. will also be reading it because so many of my "health issues" are autoimmune related, which the authors suggest is directly related to my gut health.
There are a ton of good articles on the web that go into depth about the second brain. Here are two that I found helpful:
Scientific America http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-second-brain/ February 12, 2010 |By Adam Hadhazy
Psychology Today http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201404/the-gut-brain-connection-mental-illness-and-disease Published on April 6, 2014 by Emily Deans, M.D. in Evolutionary Psychiatry
"There is nothing better in life than feeling good and having a good poop." Louise Hay
While that sounds hilarious, it is brilliantly accurate. There is a great deal of science behind what makes a good poop. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/02/14/normal-stool.aspx I won't post it here, but they have several charts to show what healthy and non-healthy poop look like and a chart that explains what your poop color, shape and how it falls into toilet means. It is well worth a quick look at the charts and a daily check in the toilet to determine the state of your health.
The body is always trying to alert you to what is going on inside you. However most of us, myself included, are too busy to really pay attention. My body has to really scream at me in the form of hives, ezcema, irritable bowel, ulcerative colitus, loosing a gallbladder, putting on 30 pounds, and migraines. If you are like me, even when your body takes you down to your knees, once you are on the mend, you go back to your wicked ways.
The only symptom on the list that is really getting my attention and pissing me off is the weight.
I have been thinking a lot of not nice things about my body lately. I really feel like my body is letting me down, big time. Listening to this radio show this morning, brought into focus that I am letting my body down. It has done it's very best to tell me to slow down, breathe, sleep, manage my stress, eat slower so I can taste my food and know when I am really full, sleep some more, breathe a few more times and move. It is bloating me out, making me itch, making my head hurt and keeping on the toilet. Last summer it doubled me over in extreme gut pain and yet with medicine I am now able to ignore and keep that pain at bay. I am the one not honoring my body. Even moving feels labored right now, and this sucks after having been a runner and been light and kinda fast. Having watched my body lose muscle and gain fat has been awful, but it has been so easy to focus on anything other than what is happening to my body. It has been way easy to pretend I am ok.
When Jason and I tell stories of running the obstacle races, I get super sad when I see the listener do a double take at how someone in my shape could compete. Two years ago, I looked the part. This August, I even backed out of my annual 14'er climb for fear that I would slow my friends down or not be able to reach the peak.
Back in July when I decided I wanted to blog, I started a list of topics I wanted to write about. This list included: trust, forgiveness, love, relationships, friends, parenting, divorce, personal power, abuse in all of its splendid forms, rituals and self-care. I need to move self-care to the top of the list for right now, as it is the most pressing issue I need to focus on. I need to move me higher up on my priority list.
So here is my list of self-care items:
Sleep rituals & routine
One on one time with each of my children
In my head time either walking or running
Making the list is easy, making the items on the list actually happen with regularity is the challenge.