What Does A Health Coach Do?
Listen To Your Gut – Not Just An Old Saying
Impact of Gut Health
Over 70 million individuals in the US suffer from some form of digestive health disorder. Out of those, over 22 million are hospitalized each year due to digestive complications.
But it’s not just a problem here in the US. Looking abroad, it is estimated that as many as 10-15% of the entire world’s population has IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). And that’s just one of many digestive ailments.
And if that wasn’t worrisome enough, over 3 billion (yes, BILLION) individuals are infected with H. Pylori worldwide. H.Pylori can lead to gastric cancer and peptic ulcerations.
Why are so Many Afflicted?
While lifestyle, genetics and diet all play a role, research is finding that more often than not, stress is the main culprit behind gut and digestive issues.
Have you ever experienced situations that make you feel nauseous or that “butterflies” in your stomach phenomena? Oddly enough, those aren’t just expressions, they are backed by science.
The gastrointestinal tract is highly sensitive to emotions such as elation, anger, sadness, depression and anxiety. All of these and more can cause physiological responses in your gut, as well as affect the flora that resides there.
In today’s society, stress and anxiety are the norm. Over 18% of the entire world’s population are clinically affected by anxiety, and over half of all adults report being under chronic stress.
Poor Gut Health can Lead to Serious Mental Health Issues
In a recent study, the Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology demonstrated that chronic stress can negatively impact the diversity of gut flora. And when it comes to your digestive health, both diversity and the number of gut flora have a major impact.
When gut flora is “out of whack”, your body’s whole ecosystem suffers, impacting everything from the way you look and feel, to how you act.
Other studies have demonstrated that a gut microbiome that has been affected or influenced by stress factors may lead to forms of inflammation correlated with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
Million hospitalized each year
BIllion Individuals are infected with H. Pylori worldwide
Are affected by chronic anxiety
World’s population has IBS
Is Stress Really the Culprit?
In many cases, yes…at least in part. Keep an eye out for any of the following symptoms and discuss them with your doctor or health coach. Together you can work towards developing strategies that will enable you to better deal with, and manage the stressors in your life.
Here is a short, but certainly not comprehensive list:
- Tense, stiff or knotted muscles, especially in the shoulders and neck
- Trouble sleeping
- Loss of sexual arousal or desire
- Weight loss or gain
- Grinding teeth
- Changes in the amount of alcohol you consume
- Smoking more than usual
- Increased desire to withdraw from others
- Difficulty relaxing or “winding down”
- Poor concentration
- Difficulty with remembering things
How a Healthy Gut Affect my Overall Health and Well-Being
A healthy gut means a healthy “you”. Good bacteria in your gut help keep you functioning and feeling your very best by:
- Providing support to your immune system
- Aiding in digestion of food
- Enhancing absorption of nutrients
- Supporting mental acuity
- Balancing hormones
- Stabilizing glucose levels
- Regulating inflammation
- Warding off disease carrying microbes and pathogens
A Health Coach Can Help
If all of that talk about digestive health sounds a bit scary, and overwhelming, don’t worry, you’re not alone, and there is help.
Dealing with digestive health and disorders can be both complex and exhausting, but it doesn’t have to be. A digestive or integrative health coach can help you feel better from the inside out.
What is a digestive health coach?
A digestive or integrative health coach is a certified professional that specializes (in part or in full) on digestive and gut wellness, and how these two impact your overall and mental health.
These health coaches offer expert guidance, coaching and teaching, helping you to expand your knowledge and understanding of gut health and improve your state of well-being for decades to come.
When it comes to gut health, there is no “one size fits all” approach. Everyone and every human body is unique. As such, a health coach will work to develop a “lifestyle” and treatment blueprint specific to your unique needs and situation.
What to Expect from a health Coach
An integrative and holistic health coach will help design, develop and coach you through digestive and gut health programs that will encompass:
- Healing and restoring gut health
- Eliminating constipation and bloat
- Eliminating or reducing abdominal discomfort
- Reducing gas and “grumbling”
- Help you to learn how to listen to your body
- Techniques to boost energy levels and feel restored
- Improve mental, brain and cognitive health
- Take back control of your life
- And more!
Health coaches will help you learn how to tap into your body’s natural detoxification systems and organs, how to utilize food as medicine and fuel, and how to restore your body to an active, healthy and energetic state.
Is a Health Coach Right for Me?
Health coaches can be a great asset for those looking to improve their gut, digestive, cognitive and overall health and energy levels.
If you’re interested in learning more about gut health and are ready to make a commitment to making positive changes in your life that can impact your quality of living for decades to come, then hiring a health coach might be the right move for you.
Are you suffering from any of the following?
- Memory / cognitive issues
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Loss of energy and motivation
- Bloating, constipation, diarrhea
- Heart burn
- Food intolerance
- Weight gain
- And more…
If you answered “yes” to any of the above, now is the time for a positive change in your life. But remember, heath coaches don’t offer up “quick fixes” and “magic buttons”. You have to be willing to learn and implement changes that will have a lasting impact on your quality of life.