How good is your digestive system?

Did you know that 85% of overall health is determined on how good our digestive system is working for us? Symptoms such as Migraines, back pain, shoulder pain, skin problems and fatigue mostly lead back to your digestion.

siobhan-toilet-back-againPossible causes of constipation include…

  • Not drinking enough
  • Food sensitivities
  • Holding onto the past including emotional pain
  • A malfunctioning digestive valve

Possible causes of loose stools include…

  • Food sensitivities
  • Not absorbing enough nutrients
  • A malfunctioning digestive valve
  • alkaline environment

A lot of my clients present digestive imbalances and most are not aware they have a digestive problem until we discuss what a healthy digestive system looks like. We need to be going to the toilet at least twice a day in order for toxins to exit our body and avoid congestion.

During our consultation and treatments we often identify that a sluggish digestive system may also be effected by emotional issues that may need to be approached. Once we start to approach the layers of lifes challenges and deal with our emotions in a safe supported environment we begin to see improvements in our digestive health.

We can learn to ‘hold on’ and ‘let go’ when we need to.I just love it when I get client updates on their bowel movements, it’s a great way to monitor progress, hence I discuss ‘poo’ with everybody.

There are two key valves involved in healthy digestion and both are closely linked to our emotions.

Ileocecal Valve – situated between the small and large intestine and is responsible for preventing waste returning to the body and moving it slowly through the digestive system to ensure the right balance of nutrients are absorbed.


Houston Valve – located lower down in your colon and is responsible for ensuring that you don’t have a constant urge to go to the toilet by supporting the weight of your feces. When this valve isn’t working correctly you will often find that you are needing to go to the toilet more frequently as there is nothing to slow down the passing of waste from your intestines into your anal passage.

Malfunction of either of these valves may lead to whole range of symptoms but just leave you feeling generally unwell.

So what can cause your valves to malfunction?

Emotions – you mind is incredibly powerful and that is why we often talk about ‘gut reactions’ any number of stresses, phobias or anxieties can have an affect.

Diet – an excess of a certain food type, too much alcohol or caffeine, food sensitivities and lack of certain nutrients can upset the delicate balance of your digestive system.

Body – overtiredness can lead to muscle fatigue and a lack of exercise can result in your body not functioning as it should.

Energy – the electro-energy around can have a huge affect on the brain and therefore affect our emotions (take a look at my blog – ‘How to protect your energy’ to find out more about this).

How can we keep our valves working correctly?

  • Regular exercise to strengthen your body
  • A balanced diet without excesses of any form – including raw foods
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Eliminating food sensitivities and allergies
  • Rest and meditate
  • Kinesiology to help to bring about physical and emotional balance in the body
  • Address emotional issues as they occur

If you think you may have an imbalance in your digestive system then please do get in touch so that we can talk about how a visit to the Balanced Health Hut may benefit you.