I’ve been sleeping remarkably well lately.

In fact, I can’t remember sleeping this soundly in a reeeeeally long time (perhaps decades).

What’s different?

Only one thing: what I’m eating (and not eating).

I have more awesomeness to share, but I’ll get to the rest in a sec.

Back it up: why I’m getting great sleep

I just finished up a 4-week class on digestive health. I had no idea that “gut health” (or lack thereof) so profoundly contributes to all forms of illness, from autoimmune disorders to anxiety and depression, and everything in between. I now have a much deeper understanding of how food can be both medicine and poison.

I was surprised to learn that my own digestive system was compromised too! Even though I was eating nutrient-dense foods, I discovered that my stomach and small intestines weren’t operating at peak performance, which meant they couldn’t break down the food into particles small enough for my body to absorb nutrients. I literally had no idea.

Mind. Blown.

So I’ve been tweaking my diet, adding some supplements, and paying close attention to how I feel. Those simple things is how I uncovered this deep sleep thing.

Deep sleep is a beautiful thing.

Treating the root cause

I’m still “digesting” (heh heh heh) all the amazing and incredible content from the class, but my key takeaway is this:

When you clean up your digestive system, you clean up the root cause of disease. When you clean up the root cause, your symptoms go away.

It really is that simple.

So that’s what I’m working on: making my gut happier and healthier. So far, I’ve been incredibly happy with the results:

  • I don’t wake up in the middle of the night (happy liver).
  • A small skin rash that I’ve had on my belly for, eh, years has almost disappeared (our bodies eliminate toxins through our skin; if you get rid of the toxins, you get rid of the skin disorders…including acne).
  • My hips aren’t suffering from chronic inflammation (inflammation is a big precursor to disease).
  • Swelling in my knuckles has decreased (joint swelling is often a symptom of a gluten intolerance).
  • I’m more, um, regular (let’s just say it’s important to keep things moving along).

To be honest, I never thought a lot about these symptoms in the first place, and I never would have linked them to my digestion. They were mere nuisances, and they hardly slowed me down. I thought the inflammation was from my exercise regime, and I normalized it in my brain. (Hint: It’s not normal.) Now I know better.

All this good juju because I’m improving my digestion. Weird and cool, huh?!

The class also reinforced what I already believed: we all have the power to take charge of our own health. You just need to know what to do.

I’m incredibly thankful. Over time, these lingering symptoms could have potentially shifted into a far more significant cause for concern than a mere nuisance. I don’t have time for that: my plan is to be active, vibrant, and in good spirits for a long, long time!

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