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Meditation and Gut Health: Are they related?

30th April 2022
Meditation and Gut Health: Are they related?

Have you ever wished there were more hours in the day? We are living in an era of continuous change. Our home and work life is changing at an alarming pace, and in ways we cannot predict. We live in a world that offers us more choice and more freedom than ever before. This can be exciting, but at the same time it’s important not to feel overwhelmed by all that modern life demands of us.  

Those of us who are feeling overwhelmed haven’t totally lost the ability to deal with the stress effectively. It’s just that sometimes things build up so much that your gut is overwhelmed. The problem comes when your system is overwhelmed by everything it’s processing and this exposes weaknesses. 

The impact of meditation on gut health 

Meditation activates the parasympathetic or ‘rest and digest’ response. This can alleviate digestive issues by easing the symptoms of IBS, reducing inflammation and maintaining a health gut barrier. This can lead to improving nutrient absorption and metabolism. When your body is relaxed, it can direct much energy towards proper digestion. 

What can you do to decrease stress and improve your ability to digest? 

There’s nothing better at protecting your body than the natural processes that are hard-wired into your system. But sometimes those processes need a little help to work as well as they possibly can.  

There are many ways to balance the stress response, reduce chronic stress and improve gut health. For your mind, meditation is key. There are various methods of meditation (see below). It’s important to pick and choose the technique that best works for you. And if you want to increase the effectiveness of your digestive health alongside meditation, it’s been proven time and again how effective regular colonic treatments are at flushing out the build-up of toxins and bad bacteria to optimise gut function.  

  • Deep breathing: triggers the parasympathetic nervous system, which activates processes involved in rest, repair and digestion. We recommend a process called Box Breath: Four counts of breathing in, four counts of holding your breath, four counts of exhaling and four more counts of holding after your exhale. 
  • Mantra mediation: involves chanting a word, phrase, or sound. Chanting provides a point of focus that steadies the body and the mind and also helps regulate your breathing. 
  • Guided meditation: a type of meditation led by a teacher, in person or via audio or video. You listen to your guide while they lead you through a series of relaxing visualisations. As you gradually relax and become more and more still, stress fades away, and your mind becomes clearer. 

Sometimes we just need to take a breath, go inward and relax. Do it often. Your gut and digestive system will thank you for it.  

Incorporate Meditation Into Your Life 

In this fast-paced world, we need a way to regulate the stress in our lives, and meditation practice is a simple way to start. As your stress levels lower and your nervous system regulates, your digestion can improve, and you’ll have more energy for doing the things in life that bring you joy. 

Show your gut some love and support today, get in touch to discuss regular colonic treatment to give it the support it needs to do the job it was designed to do. Contact us via ww.claritywellbeing.co.uk or email us at info@claritywellbeing.co.uk. 

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