A Healthy Gut – Understanding Gastrointestinal Disorders

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The number of people with digestive disorders (Acidity, Acid Reflux, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, celiac disease, IBS, constipation, diarrhea, GERD, candida and food allergies) is on the rise. Just ten years ago, only 1 in 10,000 people were diagnosed with these diseases, today the number is 1 in every 500! Astounding isn’t it.

Acidity seems to be one of the common ailments these days just like cold and cough 🙂 mostly common around the age group of 30 and above people usually deal by taking over the counter antacids to get relief. By taking up an antacid you are just temporarily working on shutting down the symptom ignoring the ’cause’ . Most of us at some point in life have suffered from poor digestive health.  In this blog we will understand our GUT (Gastrointestinal Tract) and how we can ensure its well being both emotionally and physically.

Hippocrates — the ancient Greek father of medicine — once said that “all diseases begin in the gut.” In many ways, he was right.

Let us first understand What is your gut?

It is your intestinal tract, and what goes on there has a huge impact on your overall health and well being.Did you know that what goes on in your gut can directly affect your emotional well being? That poor digestion can actually cause neurological and psychological disorders? Wonder How is this possible??? Let us see what comprises our GUT the following figure depicts the various parts of the Gastrointestinal System.

Gastro Intestinal System

The Siamese Twin of Brain – The Gut 🙂

“Have you ever wondered why people get butterflies in the stomach before an exam ? Or why an impending job interview can cause an attack of intestinal cramps? And why do antidepressants targeted for the brain cause nausea or abdominal upset in millions of people who take such drugs? The reason for these common experiences is because each of us literally has two brains — the familiar one that we know as BRAIN in our skulls and a lesser-known but vitally important one found in the human Gut. Like Siamese twins, the two brains are interconnected; when one gets upset, the other does, too.” So writes science journalist Sandra Blakeslee for the New York Times.

sargam _gut feeling

Indeed, the human digestive tract contains over one million nerve cells, about the same number found in the spinal cord. There are actually more nerve cells in the overall digestive system than in the peripheral nervous system. Furthermore, major neurotransmitters found in the brain — including serotonin, dopamine, glutamate, norepinephrine and nitric oxide — occur plentifully in the gut as well. Enkephalins — described as the body’s natural opiates — also occur in the intestinal tract, as do benzodiazepines, psychoactive chemicals similar to mood-controlling drugs like Valium and Xanax. (source)

In other words, poor digestive health can lead to mood disorders and other neurological disorders. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride has made the connection quite thoroughly in her book, The Gut and Psychology Syndrome.

 So now we understand that having acidity or other severe ailments related to the gut is not only a physical concern. As a pranic healer all this information is interesting many of you will already be aware that there is a connection between your mind and body, and you may wonder exactly how what you perceive actually impacts your physiology. Your perceptions play a pivotal role in your well-being. When you perceive an event to be supportive to your highest values you will tend to open up to it; when you perceive an event to be challenging to your highest values you will tend to close down to it. This has an impact on your metabolism and your physiology which is then turned on or off accordingly depending on these initial interpretations of support or challenge.That doesn’t mean every functional gastrointestinal (GI) illness is “all in your head.” But psychology can combine with physical factors to cause symptoms. Stress or depression can affect the movement and contractions of the GI tract, cause inflammation or make you more susceptible to infection.

Given these connections, it’s no surprise that a review of 13 separate studies showed that people with functional gastrointestinal illness who tried psychologically-based approaches found greater relief from their symptoms than those who received conventional treatment alone.

Understanding The Physical and Energy Body Connection
Gastrointestinal System is energized and controlled by one of the major energy center the Solar Plexus Chakra and Navel Chakras (Manipura)
Manipura is located just above the naval and below the rib cage. It is our energy center and it radiates vital life energy (prana) through-out our entire body. It is where our Will Power comes from;  our ability to achieve, self-esteem, raw emotions, and self-discipline are all governed by the Manipura. It is where we can have a mental understanding of our emotional self. The Manipura not only governs the emotional and mental aspect of your psyche but also your psychic experiences. Often a feeling of intuition or “gut feeling” in a certain situation will benefit you greatly if you listen to it.

The chakras are energy whirlpools feeding the emotional and physical body. So the emotional imbalances are the root cause for issues of the gut lets see what are the emotions related with a balanced, over activated and under activated Solar Plexus:

When this Chakra is in balance you will be in complete control over your emotions and thoughts. Your ego mind, or small mind will have no unwanted influence over your actions.You will know without a doubt, and accept your place in the Universe, have self-love and, in turn, have a great appreciation for all the people in your life and the uniqueness that they bring to world. When in tune, your Solar-plexus will radiate warmth and joy through-out your entire being, and to others who come into contact with you.

Over-active Solar-plexus Chakra

If your chakra is over-active you may be  judgemental or critical – and you will easily find fault in others. You may be demanding and have extreme emotional problems, being very rigid or stubborn (it’s either your way or no way). Often anger, or aggressiveness result from an over-active chakra. You may always be planning to do things, but never doing, and your work or interests become a priority over things you have to do (a workaholic). You may also be a perfectionist and can’t settle on something that is already good enough, it always has to be better.

Under-active Solar-plexus Chakra

If this chakra is under active it can cause severe emotional problems. You may have a lot of doubt and mistrust towards the people in your life, and worry too much about what other people might think about you. You may also run on “auto pilot” avoiding your feelings of depression or anxiety; you may feel afraid or alone when you start to look at what you have been avoiding. You also may feel that you are not good enough and be seeking a constant approval of others, this can lead to a need, or dependency on the people in your life.

If you can relate with these emotions you will know that problems with gastrointestinal tract is not something that is because of external stimulants only ,your emotional imbalance or repetitive thought patterns manifest as a physical disease. Most of us easily can restrict our diet , be regular with exercise and food habits but still continue to live with years of emotional baggage and thought patterns.

Apart from the prescribed medication from your doc you can also look at these tips and integrate for rapid and proper healing.

Tips to HEAL your GUT

1. Salt water bath to ensure etheric hygiene

This is a beautiful article on aura cleansing using salt water bath every day we generate around 60,000 thoughts so till now you have generated 60,000 x 365 x your age most of these thoughts are garbage (anxiety, fear, stress) imagine till date we have done nothing about it and are dragging them with us everyday. Salt water helps to break down these thought patterns.

https://www.facebook.com/HealingMindBodyandSoul.by.SargamMisra?ref=hl

http://www.gateways-to-inner-peace.com/salt-water-bath.html

2. Meditation 

Meditation is a great way to take a break from emotional and energetic constipation in our mind. Once we start meditation we can focus on what we want to think vs what is projected onto us  and we can easily introduce new positive thought patterns and help heal our emotional and mental self. I find Meditation on Twin Hearts a wonderful press and play solution.

If you like this meditation you can purchase a copy online or donate to the MCKS Trust fund.

http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Meditation+On+Twin+Hearts+With+Self+Pranic+Healing/4359852

3. Affirmations for Healthy Gut:

These are positive thought patterns that you can introduce gradually to replace negative or repetitive unwanted thoughts. Here is a list of common ailments and the affirmations that can help.

HEARTBURN (reflux): Clutching onto fear. Not trusting in the process of life.Affirmation: I breathe freely and fully. I am safe. I trust the process of life.

INDIGESTION:Dread or anxiety about a recent or coming event Affirmation: I digest and assimilate all new experiences peacefully and joyously

KIDNEY PROBLEMS: Criticism, disappointment, failure. Shame. Reacting like a little kid.
Affirmation: [Divine] Right is always taking place in my life. Only good comes from each experience. It is safe to grow up.

LIVER PROBLEMS: (Fatty Liver) Resistance to change. Fear, anger, hatred. Liver is the seat of anger and rage.
Affirmation: My mind is cleansed & free. I leave the past & move into the new. All is well.

STOMACH & INTESTINAL PROBLEMS: Dread, fear of the new, or not feeling nourished.Affirmation: I digest life with ease

Our body is super intelligent if we pay attention to our feelings and stay connected within, it is easier to heal our self and medicines also work faster.
4. Nutrition for the Solar-Plexus
Bananas, granola, and grains such as bread, pasta, rice, flax, sunflower seeds. Dairy such as cheese and yogurt, and spices that include ginger, melissa, chamomile, turmeric, cummin and fennel and mint.
 
5. Pranic Healing and Pranic Psychotherpy*
You can connect with a Pranic Healing Practitioner who can help scan your Solar Plexus Chakra and can help heal your psychological thought patterns and energy blockages.
*Pranic Healing does not intend to replace any medical treatment but can compliment them
—-Lots of Love Sargam
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