Have you ever had food poisoning? Like a few minutes after you eat you, you just know something is not sitting well in your stomach. And shortly after that feeling comes over you –sweat, cramps and discomfort.
I’ve had this happen enough in my life to know exactly what it feels like. It’s not pretty. At all. Now I know what a healthy gut can do for you and I know food poisoning can be a sign of poor Gut GI. It’s crazy how much we know about this now! I grew up in a time that antibiotics were the go-to for healing any virus. In fact, I would beg for it so I can quickly get better. But as we know, there’s no quick fix.
The gut has millions if not trillions of bacteria that helps us to be healthy body and mind. Yup! That’s right, mind too. Research has proven most of our feel good hormone called serotonin and dopamine is determined by the health of our gut. This is true in our ability to fight bad bacteria that comes from bad food. Bacteria like Salmonella can be healed depending on the guts microbiota diversity.
I’ve had lab tested Gut Analysis and am learning more and more what to look for in a healthy, diverse gut. Bacterias that helps to fight Salmonella is lactobacillus acidophilus and lactobacillus bulgarius. Of course, I am sure there are more, but these two are the ones I learned about and we can get these in fermented foods, prebiotics, and probiotics that already live in our bodies and can be added by taking a supplement.
I am cautious on telling people to take a probiotic, because as I’ve learned (yes, I’ve been nerding out and learning a lot on the topic of Gut Healing), there are different strains of bacteria we can get from a supplement, so it’s super important to learn why you are taking a probiotic and which ones to ingest.
Here are somethings you can do post food poisoning to begin rebuilding your gut’s GI. Good news, it can take the gut only like 2-4 weeks to recover, you just need to be mindful about what you do next.
1- flush your system. Water and electrolytes
2- eat light bland foods. No dairy or greasy foods
3- drink bone broth
Do this 3-5 days post food poisoning and get on a probiotic supplement that has lactobacillus acidophilus and lactobacillus bulgarius
I like to share articles I read to support my learnings in case you want to nerd out too!
Totally counter-intuitive, but before I begin let me just be clear if you want to get the energy that is sustainable, control caffeine and sugar intake.
Now that I got that out of the way, I am going to tell you what I’ve learned. A few weeks ago I was in the midst of getting 2 boys to graduate school, one senior and another elementary school. At the same time, I was closing on my last coaching program, preparing the stuff to launch my nutrition bar and packing up to move from one coast to another. Add the fact that I quit drinking, and I basically had all the happenings to justify a nervous breakdown. Good news is, I didn’t have one. Bad news, my body paid for it.
What kept me insane?
Before I made any changes because I just couldn’t, I just needed to do what was in front of me and not stress about the fact that I ran out of chlorophyll and couldn’t replenish it because I was moving. I was barely able to keep food down and my appetite was totally depleted. I wasn’t exercising not because I didn’t want to, but because I couldn’t, I mean physically my heart was racing. I would wake up with a heart beat of 107. Just so you can understand how bad that is, a usual resting heart rate is between 52-70. My RHR is usually 68. During this crazy time it was an average of 90-110.
My gut. If you looked at it from the outside it was toned and seemingly healthy. But I can tell you that it wasn’t. I was not sleeping well. I was not focused. And I was definitely not motivated.
So how did I know that came from my gut?
I finally got a grip and got back to my core routines, it was as if I was taking ambien to sleep, zanex to wake up and aderrall to focus. I got back to my supplements. I began to do my meditations and most important I bought all the things that I know help my guts bacteria be healthy, with that I felt the difference in my state of mind.
Here’s my quick go-to when I need energy that doesn’t keep me up at night but keeps me going during the day. And yes, these things help keep a healthy gut too.
Greens: All sorts of greens. This includes: Matcha, chlorophyll, green tea, spirulina, and green veggies (which I am going, to be honest, I didn’t have much because it was awhile before I got access to a fridge and salads in restaurants just don’t interest me)
Oat and things: I absolutely live for my morning concoction of oatmeal, chia seeds, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, goji berries, coconut oil and water. That’s it. i didn’t have a stove, but for this, no stove needed, just hot water.
Bananas and walnuts: I needed quick energy and quick easy nerve supporting foods. That was bananas and walnuts. Magnesium, potassium and healthy fats.
There you go! Make it simple. Don’t over complicate your meals. Know what you want to achieve and eat for that goal.
Ever been told you should take an Epsom salt bath to heal aches, release water retention, etc? If you were my client you were definitely told to take an Epsom salt bath. But does it really do what I thought it did?
Here’s the backstory as to why I decided to go in deeper in this ritual. I recently moved from NYC to LA. During this time my anxiety was heightened. To top the anxiety I had given up drinking so there wasn’t much relief. Yes, meditation would have helped but when your home is tossed and your space is dismantled, a relaxed state of mind for someone that is as highly anxious as I am was not happening. My heart was racing so much that even running was not happening. To top that, my go-to nutrition plan to get grounded during times of heightening anxiety and stress was not working because of my body and mind reaction to extreme stress by not holding down food. I mean literally, I was not able to keep it down and eventually had absolutely no appetite for it.
I couldn’t keep food down because my mind was acting as if I was in danger
I couldn’t run because my heart was racing and my muscles were fatigued
I wasn’t able to sit in stillness mainly because there was no peaceful place
When all else fails I seek healing.
A really good friend recommended I see her healer. At this point, I was desperate and needed a solution, so I made an appointment. We spent a few hours together. She did psychic work on me, hands-on healing and she used some machine on me to stir up what she called “toxic energy” and get it moving. That’s when she ended by saying,
Take a bath using Epsom salt, apple cider vinegar and baking soda. This will help remove the negative energy you have sticking to you.
Ok? I was open to it and I did it. I believe that sometimes things work like the placebo effect. Because I truly believe that this ritual will get rid of toxic energy. But what does science say?
I am only going to get into the Epsom salt bath because that’s the one I’ve shared with my clients because I believed in its healing effects, detoxing.
Epsom Salt Baths For Detoxing
The benefits that come from heat from water—which is an opportunity to relax—and the benefits of heat on capillary dilation at skin level relieve pain. Also by adding Epsom salts, you may feel extra relaxed because the water feels silkier.
Science has shown the effects of magnesium in IV is amazing and has done such things as helping blood get healthier, relieve joint and muscle aches and help to relax the body and mind. These same results were not proven by those who just used Epsom salt in baths.
What I decided is that if something is going to make my bath experience more relaxing and it helps me to feel better, then why not. It definitely has shown more positive effects and absolutely no negative side effects so why not. And a new ritual that I starting practicing with my Epsom salt is scrubbing my body with it as I am stepping into the bath so the salt falls into my bath and my body is exfoliated
Use Epsom salt baths to detoxify by oral ingestion: 10 to 30 grams for adults according to Healthline*. I have done this before and it definitely helped with bowel movements. And that is exactly what you want when you are detoxing. Get that sh*t out!! https://www.healthline.com/health/epsom-salt-detox#benefits
Anxiety and panic attacks have become a norm for me in these past couple of months. I somethings think it’s because I stopped drinking and have nothing to numb the noise in my head, but then I mostly think it’s because I was born into chaos and grew up in chaos, so I have always been in fight or flight mode. So now that although my life is calmer and a lot more structured, if there is any disruption at all I go back to that place, the one that takes me to feel as if I am in danger again.
Sometimes I feel as if I am trying to overachieve, other times I feel as if I don’t do enough but most of the times I feel like I am letting my friends and family down by not being as successful as I think they want me to be. Is it fair to put the blame on them? Absolutely not. At no point have they ever said to me
You don’t do enough
You aren’t enough
Why are you so lazy
Why aren’t you smarter
And yet, I put this burden that I am not enough for them and I need to be more. This feeling puts me right back to that place of anxiety. That place that makes me feel worried. I don’t sleep well, I don’t eat much and I feel weak.
I have a lot of dreams and hopes for my life and getting it done as soon as possible is what I hope to do, however, that’s not how it works.
If it doesn’t open, it means it’s not your door
Here I am guiding 9 women through to session #4 DETOX. trust and surrender. I’ve coached them to this point, taking them from setting a goal, learning how to notice triggers that create habits and now into surrender, my own lesson to learn. The anxiety and panic attacks I feel is because there are so many things that are not in my control. So many things I worry about, I am unsure about and have no control over and so what do I do
I panic. My heart beats fast. My hand shakes. I feel as if I am unstable and not sure if I want to go for a run or go to bed
TRUST and SURRENDER
If I am doing or have done the work. If I made my statement loud and clear of what I want and where I want to be, then why am I so panicked. Why am I not able to eat well, sleep well, or commit to doing what I said I was going to do? The answer is in this session of Detox. I am not trusting that the universe has my back. I am not believing that it will happen how it should when it should and most important I am not trusting that I have done all I needed to do to get to where I want to be.
There is no doubt when I practice trust and surrender that I feel an immediate peaceful state of mind. I am able to receive messages that guide me to do what I need to do without feeling anxious about it. I sleep better and focus my energy on what I have rather than what I want. There is no way that we are meant to feel as if we are not enough. We were either taught that and took on to believe it was true or we put the burden on ourselves because our faith in our own intuition isn’t strong.
We all have intuition, that gut feeling you get when something doesn’t feel right. Or that thought that pops into our head telling us what we need to do. Intuition is real, that gut feeling is real, but what isn’t real is the anxiety, the worries, and the panic attacks. Those are reminders that you are not trusting the journey. You are not believing you are worth more, you deserve a good life and that as long as you are showing up and creating those rituals that help you stay grounded, you will be ok. It will be all good. And you will manifest the things you want.
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