Welcome to Week 4 of the Digestive Reset Plan!
This week, we’re taking a break from food, diet and nutrition.
We’ll resume next week with some great content on how to make sure you stay well-hydrated.
Most people don’t realise just how important sleep and rest are in the context of digestion, energy, mood and immune function.
An unhealthy GI tract can interfere with sleep, and poor sleep habits/quality can interfere with digestion (big time).
Optimising your day/night, or wake/sleep cycles is a very powerful tool to help you climb the Vitality Scale and beat symptoms in the Seven Areas of Health.
Let’s look at why this is so, and what you can do to improve your sleep this week.
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If you have digestive inflammation from bad food, bad bugs and bad toxins, you will likely have activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (which we’ll just call the HPA axis).
Activation of the HPA axis leads to elevation of stress hormones, which are designed to wake you and make you more alert.
When stress hormones are elevated at night, a good night’s sleep can be hard to come by, which is why it’s so important to get rid of all the things that cause inflammation in your digestive system.
On the flip side, if you don’t sleep between the optimum times (around 10 or 10:30pm to 6 or 6:30am), your circadian rhythm will potentially contribute to immune and digestive problems.
It works both ways: Sleep affects digestion, and digestion impacts sleep.
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