Dhanurasana, Bow Pose.
Is Gut Health Just Another Fad?
Have you had your daily serve of Kombucha yet? Or perhaps like me you’re an Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) fan? Both are said to detoxify the body and act as a probiotic, improving gut flora.
The topic of “Gut Health” may be considered as just another health craze, and perhaps if you’re fermenting your own kombucha the idea of nurturing your “scoby” will become less appealing over time.
But unlike many of the other health fads that have been and gone (what ever happened to Atkins?), there may be some scientific sense and relevance to this one. Scientists are stating that the health of the gut effects our mental and emotional states! Recent studies are suggesting that gut bacteria are not only important in healthy digestion, but are linked to our stress responses (production of cortisol) and may influence anxiety and depression.
What is interesting, is that this is not a new theory. If you were to study the yogic system and the science of Ayurveda, you’d learn that the yogis believed that all health ailments and conditions in the body could be traced back to the health of the digestive system. A healthy digestive system would prevent disease, improve clarity of thought and would purify the emotions.
However the yogis didn’t spend a fortune on probiotic concoctions. They knew how to keep the body, and in particular the digestive system healthy; they practiced yoga.
Why Women Need to Detoxify The Body?
Sadly today, over 80% of women suffer some form of hormonal imbalance. As I’ve discussed in other articles, symptoms may present in the form of PMS, period or mid-cycle pain, or other irregularities and menstrual complications. Out of sheer desperation and frustration, most women turn to pharmaceutical relief in the form of pain killers or hormone therapies such as the pill, implanon or IUD. But these therapies simply mask the underlying problem without correcting it and recent studies are finding some alarming concerns with many of these methods.
What if correcting a hormone imbalance was as simple as getting your digestive system healthy (as the yogis so claim)?
One of the easiest and most natural ways in which to start correcting a hormone imbalance is to detoxify the body and to get the elimination system working effectively. Why? Because it’s the organs involved in elimination, or waste removal that help to remove excess oestrogen (oestrogen dominance is a common cause of hormone imbalance).
The liver, the adrenal glands and digestive organs are involved in the elimination of wastes and excess hormones and these organs need to work work efficiently to detoxify the body. Whilst there are nutritional changes you can make to your diet to ensure these organs are working effectively (these are provided within my current course), yoga is also extremely effective at helping to cleanse and detoxify the body.
Specific Yoga to Detoxify the Body
An entire 1 hour yoga session will certainly get your body moving, but did you know there are certain poses that will specifically massage and cleanse the entire reproductive, digestive and circulatory system? It’s these three systems we need to have working well for healthy hormone function and improved menstrual health.
Dhanurasana– Bow Pose (featured above) for example, massages the liver, abdominal muscles, pancreas, the kidneys and the adrenal glands. It is a fantastic pose to help reduce fluid retention and excess weight around the middle.
The reproductive and digestive organs are also reconditioned helping to alleviate gastrointestinal disorders, constipation, sluggishness of the liver, diabetes, and menstrual disorders.
In addition to helping cleanse and detoxify the body, dhanurasana helps to realign the spinal column, improves circulation and respiration processes and relieves nervous tension and anxiety!
Phew! Sounds like an entire yoga practice all here in one pose. AMAZING!