Sunday 29th May is World Digestive Health Day and this year’s theme is ‘Your Diet and Gut Health’.
It’s a theme that raises some interesting questions about exactly who is responsible for our health, and to what extent our health is in our own hands. After all, you are what you eat, as the saying goes, and many digestive complaints, such as IBS, can be traced directly back to the effects of diet and lifestyle.
Sadly, in the era of modern medicine, we are all too quick to abdicate responsibility for our health and wellbeing, assuming there will be a pill that will make us better, however badly we treat our bodies. For many of us, it has become the NHS’s responsibility to look after our health, not our own.
While this is fine as far as it goes, it does encourage a lazy attitude towards diet and lifestyle, making us feel that it is ok to have conditions like high blood pressure and heartburn, as long as we take the right tablets. As the anti-biotic crisis clearly shows, this attitude is simply not sustainable in the long term.
Ironically, despite the widespread dependence on the ‘medical model’, most people would prefer not to take medication for their conditions if there was another way. And of course, in many cases, there is just that. By simply taking responsibility for our own health, through sensible changes in diet and lifestyle, we can ‘self care’ and live happier, healthier lives without the pills.
You can manage a wide range of digestive complaints, like IBS, yourself (although of course, diseases like IBD do require medical treatment). What’s more, there are a wide range of complementary therapists, such as ARCH registered colon hydrotherapists, who are on hand to give you all the help and support you need to make positive changes in your life.
Your local ARCH therapist can empower you to make the changes you need to take control, not only of your gut health, but also of your wellbeing as a whole. As well as a good clear out to rebalance your gut, they can offer you personally tailored diet and lifestyle advice, from what and when to eat, to managing stress in your day to day life.
ARCH therapists have far longer to listen to you than your GP has during your 7 minute appointment, so we can delve deeper and help you to identify where things are going wrong and what changes need to be made. And unlike your doctor, your therapist will be there to support you through these changes, giving you all the advice and encouragement you need, and helping you to feel great about the new you.
Sadly, many people wait until their deteriorating health gives them a sobering wake up call before they make the changes they need to their diet and lifestyle, but you don’t have to let things get that far. You can choose to start looking after yourself right now, today, taking responsibility for your health and caring for your complaints yourself in the choices you make every day.
So don’t wait until the New Year to resolve to change; make World Digestive Health Day the day you start taking care of your digestive health, with the help of your local ARCH therapist. Find your nearest therapist here and get started right now.