I like this article, taken from a Center for Natural Healing in San Jose, Ca, written by by Setareh Moafi, Ph.D., L.Ac.
"Every human emotion provides a unique message that helps us learn about ourselves and others. Emotional intelligence comes from managing our wide spectrum of emotions and harnessing their respective power.
The problem is that most of us have been taught to value certain emotions more than others. Joy is considered a "good" emotion while anger and sadness are often considered "bad" emotions. Since "good" emotions are more acceptable, I believe many of us feel shame or self-doubt around fully expressing the "bad" emotions. This leads us to suppress these feelings, which can exacerbate the emotional upheaval internally and cause damage to the corresponding organ system with which the emotion is associated.
Grief is one of the most difficult emotions to process, but when properly transformed, it can provide powerful life lessons that can propel you to grow immensely on your path of self-cultivation."
There is more and more evidence to link our 'guts' to our brains. To our maladies and dis-eases. To anxiety, depression and a whole host of auto-immune issues and general un-wellness.
In the Anxiety Support Group this week we are talking about the gut brain, how it does impact the rest of our body and what kinds of foods/nutrients can be helpful.
" The gut-brain connection is no joke; it can link anxiety to stomach problems and vice versa. Have you ever had a "gut-wrenching" experience? Do certain situations make you "feel nauseous"? Have you ever felt "butterflies" in your stomach? We use these expressions for a reason. The gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion. Anger, anxiety, sadness, elation — all of these feelings (and others) can trigger symptoms in the gut."
Here is the link to the gut brain connection: www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/the-gut-brain-connection
Another good link starts with this: " Why is gut health so important? And what are the best foods for gut health? Get answers so you can heal your gut, stay regular, and achieve good health. When someone suggests you should “go with your gut” — they’re more right than you probably realize. Thanks to a whopping 40 trillion bacteria perpetually hard at work, your gut helps power your entire body."
This article from The Food Revolution Network offers practical tip for foods to include to help with creating a healthy gut and more good gut bacteria: foodrevolution.org/blog/best-foods-for-gut-health/
So consider your own food choices: are they helping or hindering your getting 'well-er'?