Transforming Gut Health & Your Whole Self
March 1st, 2018 by admin
Last weekend I had the privilege of speaking at the New Mexico Wellness Symposium. I spoke on healing Hashimoto’s (autoimmune hypothyroidism–the #1 cause of all hypothyroidism) with a root cause Functional Medicine approach. I also sat on the Gut Health Panel. My topic for the Gut Health Panel was, “Reframing Stress to Rebalnace the Gut-Brain Axis.” I want to talk about this today, because this is an area of gut healing that is given A LOT of nods, but not a lot of TRUE application.
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UPDATE: I am SO excited about “Transforming Gut Health & Your Whole Self”, a LIVE 2-hour workshop that I’m teaching in Albuquerque, NM, on March 31st, at the University of New Mexico’s Center for Life. Info and registration can be found HERE.
Here’s the secret to healing your gut (and your whole self) that only YOU can make a reality.
In the world of Functional Medicine and Functional Nutrition, we all know that addressing gut health is THE key to taming inflammation, no matter where it’s focused in the body. That’s partly because 70 to 80% of immune tissue is housed in the gut. This means that if there’s inflammation in the gut, the immune system becomes activated. Genetics largely determines which organ or organ systems will be targeted by the inflammation. For this reason, our efforts at rebalancing the immune system and healing and preventing autoimmune conditions is focused on healing the gut.
The gut is the root of all health, it’s true. But what causes gut health to go awry in the first place??
We can trace gut inflammation back to an imbalance of the microbes living in the gut. Our microbes,*when in proper balance*, educate our immune system to be tolerant of our own tissues and to foods, and to be generally calm and non-reactive. However, when an insult occurs that immediately creates a shift in microbial balance to favor the overgrowth of potentially pathogenic microbes (these are normal inhabitants of the gut and are kept in check by our commensal/beneficial microbes), these microbes send messages to the immune system that put it into a state of defense/attack. Suddenly the foods we eat, along with our own tissues, are now all suspect. The entire system begins to self-destruct over time, although sometimes quite rapidly. Inflammatory chemical messengers are pumped out that cause inflammation in the gut, leading to a “leaky gut” and from there, the fires spread and become system-wide, as well as target specific organs. Simultaneously, neurotransmitter balance is disrupted and tolerance to normal life stressors is diminished.
So what kind of insult can cause said shift in the gut microbes that leads to all of this inflammatory chaos?
Now, it can be physical stress, as with a physical trauma like an accident, surgery, infection, or antibiotic administration (yes, I view that as a trauma to the gut), as well from over-exercising (you might want to seriously re-think that next marathon or half-marathon, especially if you have an inflammatory or autoimmune condition).
The other form of stress that is highly pervasive and impacts all of us, regardless of whether or not we’ve ever been in a serious accident, had a major surgery, had antibiotics (who hasn’t?) or are a high-level athlete or over-exerciser, is….
Emotional stress isn’t always just the result of something that is happening now or even recently. It is often sourced from our memories of past trauma and emotional insults that we continually and habitually replay and subject ourselves to. In fact, we tend to see everything and everyone–even the future– through the lens of the past.
The moment you feel acute emotional stress, your gut microbes make that inflammatory shift.
Now, you might be wondering, does this mean I’m supposed to just lock myself away from the world and my family? I’m glad you asked. 😉
NO. I am not suggesting your lock yourself away or quit your job and move to Bali, although if you can do the latter, I totally support you for many reasons!.
That said, no matter where you go in the world, your thoughts will always be with you.
SO…what I AM suggesting is that if you want to finally heal your gut after years of trying without fully resolving your gut-related issues (for example, autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and psoriasis, or skin conditions like eczema) you must start getting conscious of how your experience is being created from moment to moment.
Anytime we are attributing our feelings to something that is happening or that happened outside of us, like what someone said or didn’t say, did or didn’t do, we are not understanding how life actually works. This is an “outside-in misunderstanding” of how our moment to moment experience is created.
How experience (and stress) is actually created
How it ACTUALLY works is that we are only ever feeling our “right now” thinking. It’s not what your parents did or didn’t do, or what your spouse said or didn’t say. It’s what you thinkABOUT all of it that you are feeling in the moment. Anytime you are feeling upset, lonely, rejected, sad, jealous, angry, and heck, even happy, for that matter, you’re feeling YOUR thinking. No person, place, or thing can make you feel any certain way. Only the thoughts and judgments that you are believing to be true (and therefore, experiencing as your reality) in the moment can do that, and YOU have the power to choose the thoughts that will make you feel good, rather than stressed.
This is a moment to moment practice.
I call it meditation 2.0–a living, breathing, walking, off-the-cushion 24/7 meditation, in which the process is to:
1.) Recognize that anytime your peace is disturbed, you are believing your current fear-based thoughts to be more than what they are–just thoughts.
2.) Once you recognize that your “right now” feeling is SOLELY coming from your “right now” thinking, you can step back and witness your thoughts (look AT them vs. THROUGH them). If you don’t realize this, you’ll stay stuck in your story of stress. You won’t feel relief.
3.) From here, provided that you understand that your current feelings are a reflection of the thoughts you are holding in mind, you get to evaluate whether or not these thoughts are serving you (how do I react when I believe this thought? How do others react when I believe this thought?). If it ain’t good, you get to choose to forgive/release the thought with loving kindness (because it’s all innocent misperception) and choose again.
In my experience, both AS a Transformative Coach who helps my clients to wake up to the power of thought in these moments of stress, and as someone who HAS a Transformative Coach to wake me up to the power of thought when I’m caught up in my own thought-generated stress story of lack, limitation, rejection, illness, past trauma, victimhood, separation, etc., I will say this:
Having an objective person to regularly, lovingly, and skillfully hold transformative space for you is a vital aspect of the healing process, both emotional and physical–including gut healing, because the inflammatory cascade begins the moment the fear-based thought is believed. It is interrupted the moment we decide to surrender our limited perceptions to one that is far greater and much more imaginative than our own.
Here’s a short video from my mentor and coach, Joshua Benavides, founder of the Transformative Coach Institute (TCI). Here, he eloquently explains what Transformative Coaching is, in the way that it is understood and conveyed via TCI.
I hold transformative space for my clients, who are mostly women struggling with chronic inflammatory and autoimmune conditions AND who realize that, not only do they NEED a root cause approach to healing themselves physically (which I help them with via Functional Medicine Nutrition and in tandem with other integrative practitioners and therapists), but also that their emotions and stress levels are hindering the progress they could be seeing from all of the great changes they have been making or ever will make.
If you are serious about doing the work of taking a WHOLE SELF, personalized root cause approach to healing your body, which MUST include healing and forgiving (more on this another time) your limiting beliefs and thought patterns, in order to access your full healing potential,see my website, read it thoroughly, and fill out a client application.
Why a client application? Because not everyone is ready or a good fit for this type of work. If you are, I’m excited to talk with you. If you’re not, I trust that you what you need WILL find you, and when it does, you’ll know it.
I hope this serves you or someone you love. Scroll down a little further to see how you can become a Transformative Coach. The world needs more people who can lovingly and skillfully hold space for others to raise their consciousness.
Here’s to wellness beyond the status quo.
Blessings and Be Well,
Angie King-Nosseir MS, RDN, LD
Functional Medicine Nutritionist & Transformative Coach
Gourmet Healer, LLC
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Two things you should know…
#1 – In celebration of the launch of TCI: Transformative Coach Institute, they are offering a $1000 discount off the cost of tuition to everyone that enrolls in March! (yay!)
#2 – And to make this even more awesome for you – Joshua has added one more bonus that I’m personally thrilled about, because he is an AMAZING Transformative Coach…
All students that enroll in March will also receive TWO private coaching/mentoring sessions with Joshua to support your over-all growth, transformation, development and unfoldment as a powerful coach (and that’s on top of your monthly private coaching sessions with your TCI coach that’s included with your tuition!)
This special discount and bonus expire on March 31st.
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