Health & Happiness
IS WITHIN YOUR REACH
'It's not what is on the outside that matters, it's what's on the inside that counts.' How many times have you heard that? Or maybe said it to someone else? Usually when we say it we are referring to how someone looks on the outside versus what their personality or character is like on the inside. But this phrase can be applied in another way.
I remember walking/running my first half-marathon, the Biggest Loser in Killington, VT about 5 years ago. I trained for that event by speed walking the hilly back roads around my house, gradually increasing distance, stamina and speed. Going into the race I felt pretty good. The event was designed for walkers and runners and you could signup in either category.
At registration a saw a lot of people older than me and a lot of people that were bigger than me. I thought they must be walkers and I could surely beat them in this event. Well, don't judge a book by it's cover! For the entire event, I was neck and neck with a man who was almost twice my age! I would pass him on the uphill, and he would pass me on the downhill. At the start line there were two women that I thought must be walking, but they took off running and I never saw them again!
So, just as the outside appearance of a person does not necessarily reflect one's physical capability, the outside appearance of a person does not necessarily reflect one's physical (and mental) well being. The most physically fit looking person could be suffering from health issues originating from the inside. It's not what is on the outside that matters, it's what's on the inside that counts.'
Yes. . .it's what's on the inside that matters. What we feed our bodies matter. Let's look at gut health. Trillions of microscopic organisms—or microbes—call our body home. This is the microbiome. Some of these microbes are beneficial to our health, but others are detrimental. The balance between the two is key when it comes to maintaining our “gut health.” Everything we do—what we eat, the air we breathe, substances we put on our body, the antibiotics and supplements we take—affects our microbiome in a unique way. If this microbiome is not healthy we may feel depressed, lack energy, have food sensitivities, alergies, headaches, and weight gain.
Researchers are just now learning just how important the human microbiome is. The microscopic organisms that exist on and throughout our bodies literally number in the trillions and can affect our health and well-being. Because 70% of our immune cells originate in our gut, one could say our gut microbiome plays an especially important role in overall wellness. Even our mood can be influenced by our gut microbiome. 90% of our neurotransmitters including GABA, Dopamine, and serotonin are produced in the gut.
What does your book look like? Are you paying attention to the contents of your book? I love this graphic from Plexus that illustrates the importance of gut heath and some of the things that you can do to improve it.