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Ep. 5 | Active Faith and Gut Healing

faith gut health podcast wellness Jan 31, 2024
ALLISON AND WELLNESS
Ep. 5 | Active Faith and Gut Healing
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Today, we're diving into a connection often overlooked, and this is how to be an active follower of Christ and how that impacts our gut health and overall wellbeing. There's a few points that I really want to make evident today.  

 

The first one is the faith has to be the foundation. This is not just about the routines that we go through, it's not just about attending church on Sundays or making sure that we spend time in the word every day. It is about so much more than that. It's really about that personal connection that you have, with God. And then not just seeing that, but allowing it to seep into every other part. of your life.  Even your health. When my gut health was all over the place, aligning my faith and wellness was the biggest game changer. It did not matter how much of  the stress that I managed or unhealthy foods that I've avoided or, you know, the supplements that I took, but really making sure that my faith was active, -was the missing puzzle piece.  

 

The second point I want to make is that moving our bodies moves our faith. Has anybody else ever noticed how active God calls us to be? Because I sure have, and the past few months, especially this has just been something that has stood out to me tremendously. Romans 12:2 tells us not to conform, but to transform our minds actively. Keeping in mind that stress wreaks havoc on our gut, but then remembering that faith can step in. And trusting God trusting in a higher power. And really surrendering our worries and funding solos in him and in prayer. All reduces stress and ultimately leads to a happier, healthy gut.  Intertwining faith practices into daily life has been so important for me: spending time in prayer, walks in nature, different breathing exercises, doing yoga... These are all moments that I have accepted to use as connection, praise, and really times to find gratitude in what God has given me. These are opportunities that are not just good for your soul. But opportunities that you can use to actively heal your gut to. I think that it is really important here to specifically say moms, you are still being productive and doing things even whenever you don't think you are. And I'm speaking to myself primarily because I am an all or nothing, go-getter type of person. And if I sit still too long, I feel like I'm not being productive. I feel like I'm not doing anything. Because there's always so much to do, right? There's laundry, there's lunches to be made there's dishes. I mean, all the things right. And this is something that I still struggle with. However, it is a good reminder to me that while I am sitting still, resting... Whether that's sleeping or spending time in God's word and just meditating on his word and in prayer, I have to remember that I'm still doing something. And there's just some kind of beauty about praying and sitting there quietly to also listen to what God has to say back. Something that my pastor recently said that I think is just so true, and I never thought of before, was: don't pray half a prayer. And prayer is an active process of us praying to God, but also listening to what he has to say back. And so much of the time, I think that we use prayer sort of like emails- to quickly send what we need and be done with it, but that is not at all what it is supposed to be about. And just sitting there, waiting for God's response is so important. I also tie this into our body- being still in resting- and, for me, it connects to the gut- to your health in general- and it makes me think about our parasympathetic nervous system. This is whenever we really calm down and prepare to restore. Whenever we do this, our bodies really do activate in different ways, even though we feel like we're not doing anything, or at least I feel that way. But this is whenever our bodies conserve energy. This is whenever certain hormones can rush in and lift your mood and help you to relax. This increases blood flow to your gut, to your lungs, to your brain. And this is also whenever your gut is actually active whenever you're resting, because it helps you digest and absorb the nutrients from your food. Sitting and praying and spending time in God's word and just being still. Not just strengthens your faith, but helps your gut also. 

 

The third point that I want to make is to treat your body like a temple. It is not just about the food. It is about the holistic choices that we choose that are aligned with our faith values. Small changes that nourish our fate can also contribute to better gut health. Are you treating your body like a temple, in all aspects? What are you doing? How are you talking to yourself? How are you looking at yourself in the mirror? Are you feeding your body foods that love you back? Are you moving your body like you should be to take care of it? You know, these are all questions that I think are appropriate to ask yourself. 

 

The fourth point that I want to make is that active faith means active living. Faith is not a spectator sport. It's an active journey. Being a Christian is not about just sitting back, but it's a journey about movement and action. Those small changes that nourish your faith and your gut health. Those are the conscious choices that really make a difference. Paul's example, highlights actively seeking the Lord. And in Philippians, he reminds us to rejoice, despite challenges and to actively trust in the Lord. Yes, life as a mom can be hectic and leaves us very little time for self care. But those tough situations, those are opportunities to lean on God. These are challenges where we're given to grow and where our faith can be strengthened. One of my biggest pet peeves is whenever I hear people say, oh, well, God would only give this to you if he knew you could handle it. Or God only puts those in situations like this, when he knows that they're strong enough to handle it. But I completely disagree because God puts all of us in difficult situations. Not because he thinks we can handle it, but because he wants us to call on him. 

 

The fifth point that I want to make is to find joy, even during the hard times. In James, he talks about finding joy in these trials because they build perseverance. It's all part of the journey and it all makes us stronger Christians. Rejoicing in the Lord is not a passive emotion, but this is active. It's actively trusting and moving in faith. Remember what we believe influences how we live. And our actions reflect our faith. So in the chaos of mom life, we really need to consider are we actively pursuing Christ? Our lives, our actions, they all speak volumes, especially to our kids. And faith is not about just sitting around passively. It is a journey of action and trust. It is so important to embrace those challenges, to grow with them and to let your faith actively guide you every step every day. If you enjoyed this episode or got anything out of it, I would absolutely love to hear that and would love to connect with you. You can find me on Instagram @allison_and_wellness and I would love to hear from you.

 


 

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