Monday, March 24, 2014

Let Your Gut Be Your Guide: Guest Blogger Milla Milunovich

Our bodies are amazing. They feel. They grow. They move. They create.

But when the body is out of sync, it hurts, it bleeds, it oozes, it limps, it bloats, it aches, and so on. When this happens, it needs to heal to get back into its harmonious rhythm and alignment.

Guest blogger and author Milla Milunovich, a practicing naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist, shares her thoughts about digestive health and what you can do to reboot your body’s natural rhythms. Her new book Natural Remedies For Common Digestive Problems is now available.

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Let’s face it. There’s nothing more uncomfortable than feeling sluggish, tired, and bloated from an improper diet. It limits what we can do and cramps our lifestyle, literally.

It takes the joy out of living.

There are so many digestive health problems that it is not possible to list them all. While individual symptoms can be similar, each case is unique.

A common and sometimes embarrassing issue that many suffer is constipation. Technically, constipation is not a digestive problem; rather, it is an elimination problem. But in the context of all digestive problems, constipation is only one part of it, but it is a very important part.

Without proper elimination, the body quickly starts to exhibit “ill” symptoms: weakening digestion due to gut toxicity, improper absorption of nutrients, imbalance of gut flora, and stagnation of vital forces in the body. The body’s natural rhythms get interrupted and do not work efficiently or effectively. Such misalignment invites a host of other disorders and diseases.

The other day I read a mother’s story about her two-year-old child, who suffered from a severe case of constipation. Her daughter developed this condition from the time she started solid foods and did not suffer from constipation while being breast-fed. The surgeon suggested that her daughter undergo surgery for constipation. He said he’d remove her whole gut, feed her through tubes for six months, and then return it. How extreme!

What this girl needs is a change in diet, not surgery. She had developed a severe case after going on solid foods that were not natural. Food devoid of fibre and natural enzymes (enzymes break down 60 - 70% of ingested food) and loaded with sugar, salt, preservatives and additives leads to constipation and kills probiotics (good bacteria) that live in our gut. Without these we can not lead a healthy life or survive.
The body has been designed to eat, digest, and utilise nutrients in order to keep us healthy. Likewise, it has been designed to eliminate the remnants of food that we do not need. If we eat highly processed foods instead of raw or lightly steamed vegetables and fruit, if we do not support friendly bacteria (probiotics), constipation occurs. Left untreated, it can lead to other physical, mental, and emotional disorders. Sufferers can grow irritable, intolerant, and fatigued. They may lack endurance and are frequently ill. Some may start to fear evacuating what is meant to be evacuated.

To keep our natural rhythms flowing on a daily basis, it is important to:

  • Eat vegetables and fruits
  • Prepare healthy, home-cooked meals
  • Eat digestive protein and fibre
  • Eliminate preservatives, sugar, additives, and food enhancers such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) and hydrolised vegetable protein (HVP)
  • Avoid processed, pre-made foods

Living consciously means making healthy choices for our bodies. If our bodies are out of alignment, our lives will be out of alignment, and we will miss out on the joy of living. Let your gut be your guide.

More about this and other digestive problems can be found in Milla’s book Natural Remedies For Common Digestive Problems.

Please comment, share, or leave any questions for Milla in the comment section below.

Milla Milunovich is a Naturopath, Herbalist, Nutritionist, and Usui Reiki Master. Her practice allows her to work one-on-one with clients. She also employs iridology and flower essences in her consultations. She is especially interested in digestive health. "I think the old saying 'Death sits in the gut' is very true -- if the gut has problems, it will affect the whole body." As an alternative practitioner, Milla says she respects science while also respecting spirituality and its effect on humanity as a whole. "I believe that alternative health has its place with spirituality and conventional medicine to ensure a holistic approach when it comes to physical and mental healing and well being. In her spare time, Milla likes to paint. Milla works in Sydney, Australia.  You can e-mail Milla at milla.milunovich@gmail.com.
Milla's book is a practical guide to natural remedies for common and sometimes embarrassing digestive health issues using modern and traditional treatments. Suggested remedies rely on a holistic approach utilizing herbs, vitamins, enzymes, probiotics, and other ingredients to not only treat the observed symptoms but also resolve the underlying health problem. Order it here.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Milla, being extremely interested in gut health myself through my own digestive issues I really enjoyed your post. It is refreshing to hear a professional reiterate what I feel in my gut - that healing is a whole body and mind approach, not just isolating one symptom or one part of the body and ignoring emotional issues and covering it up with a pill. We have a doctor for the heart, a doctor for the nose, a doctor for the leg etc instead of viewing the body in union, if this organ doesn't work, let's just remove it! There is so much money to be made from surgery and pharmaceutical drugs that of course the conventional doctors won't prescribe food, sunshine and meditation because it doesn't make them any money. Alternative medicine has stood the test of time, conventional medicine has only been around for maybe 100 years? Thank you for sharing some of your insights, I look forward to reading your book.

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    1. Great point, Kristy, about alternative medicine standing the test of time while conventional medicine has only been around for 100 years or so.

      It looks like Milla responded below to your comment.
      Blessings to you, and thank you for sharing your thoughts here. Much appreciated.
      Penny

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