Pull out your karaoke machine, because singing may improve your digestion, or at least that is what Dr. Karrazhian told Sean Croxton several years ago in one of his Digestive Sessions. I don’t know if it completely holds the answer, but it certainly got me thinking.
While, I don’t think that singing has nothing to do with improving our digestion, the gut-brain-axis is really applicable to our special needs children. Just like we have physical and occupational therapies to help create new neurons, we may also be able to use singing to trigger a motility response in our bodies, or even our children’s bodies. What kid doesn’t like to sing?
What is the Gut-to-Brain Axis?
Basically, the gut-to-brain, or brain-to-gut axis is the fact that your gut contains hormones which respond to the good and bad bacteria in your gut flora. If the flora is off, then your body functions will be off too. Your intestinal wall may not properly absorb the proper nutrients, and your brain may not function the way it should. This only puts a dent in the fact that your body may develop autoimmune issues as well, which also affects your thinking.
Kind of makes you want to clean up your diet, doesn’t it?
What Dr. Karrazhian claims is that sometimes, if our condition is chronic, we can override the motility issue in our gut, by triggering the vagus nerve. In his interview with Sean, he lays out that gargling until you tear (probably isn’t going to happen with our kids, honestly), or singing, to trigger motility in the intestines. If your child has a motility issue, like my son, this is really interesting stuff.
Or maybe I am just a geek. I am not sure…;-)
Doesn’t diet matter?
Well, I personally know it does. Yes, my son sings a lot, and loves to bounce (He is on the autism spectrum). Yet, he still has some motility issues for a variety of reasons related to his genetic syndrome.
Plus, as you may know, if you can’t eat a particular food that is causing your body to have bad reactions, and you get a nutrient from it, vital to your health, you will have to supplement. Gluten is a great example of this for many people in our modern climate. So it cow’s milk for many kids.
How can we improve our digestion?
Besides singing that is.
Drink water with lemon
Add a drop or two of lemon essential oil (or squeeze juice from a lemon) into your water.
Ingest beef gelatin
Take 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of beef gelatin powder (mix it in your smoothies or make gummies)
Take a probiotic
Add a daily probiotic capsule, or even Kombucha Dave’s probiotic concentrate (great stuff, btw) to your daily routine.
Make fermented foods
Make your own yogurt or fermented veggies. Try your hand at kombucha or other fermented drinks.
Don’t skip the fiber
I am all for the Paleo diet, but our family had to get off of it. Why? Because getting that much fiber without grains (gluten-free or wheat) was just too pricey and difficult for us. Find whole grains you and your family can eat plenty of, with lots of fresh veggies and fruit.
If you still aren’t convinced about this gut thing….
If all that sounds just too much effort, I say just start with singing! You can never have too much of that in your life.;-)