It is said that all states of dis-ease begins and ends in the colon. The colon has been coined “the second brain”, however the function of the colon is such, that as a purely feeling organ, as opposed to a thinking organ, it has a much more important role in the experiences of our lives. The state of health of your digestion is therefore a true measure of how you “feel” even if you “think” you are well.
In the early stages of foetal development, the enteric nervous system (oesophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon) and the primary brain start as the same length of embryonic tissue. This tissue eventually divides and becomes the two aspects we are referring to here, the digestive tract and the brain. These are then separated by the vagus nerve, the longest of all the cranial nerves.
Over one half of all nerve cells are in the gut and this includes neurons and neurotransmitters exactly like those found in the brain. Other similarities between the two brains are the release of hormones such as Serotonin which is vital to feelings of well-being.
These two “brains” communicate back and forth with each other via the vagus nerve. This means, for example, that any feelings of worry or anxiety can be experienced as “butterflies”, in the stomach, and difficult to digest foods at lunch time, can have an effect on your afternoon performance at work, resulting in tiredness and difficulties in concentration etc.
The main connection between the two can be seen by looking at how we are affected both psychologically and physically by stress. States of dis-ease such as anxiety, depression, ulcers and Irritable Bowel Syndrome are the symptoms, usually caused by much the same things: stress.
So, these states of not being at ease in your body (dis-ease) can be treated in basically two ways. The most popular way is the path of conventional medicine. Treat the symptom and hope the pain goes away, usually given in prescribed medication often resulting in a host of other symptoms, many of which cause more havoc with the digestive tract.
The second way is to look primarily at the cause. Uncover the stressors in life, and though these may not always be possible to avoid, it is possible to change our experience of them and the impact they have on our health.
The first and best way to look at the stress & tension in your life is to remove it altogether: retreat. Take time and space away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind and allow yourself to rest and recuperate.
The next best step is to aid the colon in the plight against the level of accumulated stress it is usually holding, first and foremost as physical waste products and toxins. These are held within the tiny pockets of the small intestine and along the intestinal walls. Undigested debris is retained here and causes fermentation when the digestion process isn’t allowed to operate to its fullest potential due to both internal and external stressors.
Enjoying a Breathe Detox Retreat experience gives you and your body the opportunity to rest and let go. It is during the process of letting go where the magic happens. Your body craves optimum health, it’s just forgotten how to find it. Let us remind you where to look and love yourself to life!