Guest Blogger Milla Milunovich: Let Your Gut Be Your Guide

Our bodies are amazing. They feel. They grow. They move. They create.

But when the body is out of sync, it hurts, it bleeds, it oozes, it limps, it bloats, it aches, and so on.  When this happens, it needs to heal to get back into its harmonious rhythm and alignment.

Guest blogger and author Milla Milunovich, a practicing naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist, shares her thoughts about digestive health and what you can do to reboot your body’s natural rhythms.  Her new book Natural Remedies For Common Digestive Problems is now available.

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Let’s face it.  There’s nothing more uncomfortable than feeling sluggish, tired, and bloated from an improper diet. It limits what we can do and cramps our lifestyle, literally.

It takes the joy out of living.

There are so many digestive health problems that it is not possible to list them all. While individual symptoms can be similar, each case is unique.

A common and sometimes embarrassing issue that many suffer is constipation.  Technically, constipation is not a digestive problem; rather, it is an elimination problem. But in the context of all digestive problems, constipation is only one part of it, but it is a very important part.

Without proper elimination, the body quickly starts to exhibit “ill” symptoms: weakening digestion due to gut toxicity, improper absorption of nutrients, imbalance of gut flora, and stagnation of vital forces in the body.  The body’s natural rhythms get interrupted and do not work efficiently or effectively.  Such misalignment invites a host of other disorders and diseases.

The other day I read a mother’s story about her two-year-old child, who suffered from a severe case of constipation.  Her daughter developed this condition from the time she started solid foods and did not suffer from constipation while being breast-fed. The surgeon suggested that her daughter undergo surgery for constipation.  He said he’d remove her whole gut, feed her through tubes for six months, and then return it.  How extreme!

What this girl needs is a change in diet, not surgery.  She had developed a severe case after going on solid foods that were not natural. Food devoid of fibre and natural enzymes (enzymes break down 60 – 70% of ingested food) and loaded with sugar, salt, preservatives and additives leads to constipation and kills probiotics (good bacteria) that live in our gut. Without these we can not lead a healthy life or survive.

The body has been designed to eat, digest, and utilise nutrients in order to keep us healthy. Likewise, it has been designed to eliminate the remnants of food that we do not need.  If we eat highly processed foods instead of raw or lightly steamed vegetables and fruit, if we do not support friendly bacteria (probiotics), constipation occurs. Left untreated, it can lead to other physical, mental, and emotional disorders.  Sufferers can grow irritable, intolerant, and fatigued.  They may lack endurance and are frequently ill.  Some may start to fear evacuating what is meant to be evacuated.

To keep our natural rhythms flowing on a daily basis, it is important to:

  • Eat vegetables and fruits
  • Prepare healthy, home-cooked meals
  • Eat digestive protein and fibre
  • Eliminate preservatives, sugar, additives, and food enhancers such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) and hydrolised vegetable protein (HVP)
  • Avoid processed, pre-made foods

Living consciously means making healthy choices for our bodies. If our bodies are out of alignment, our lives will be out of alignment, and we will miss out on the joy of living.  Let your gut be your guide.

More about this and other digestive problems can be found in Milla’s book Natural Remedies For Common Digestive Problems.

Please comment, share, or leave any questions for Milla in the comment section below.

milla profile pic Milla Milunovich is a Naturopath, Herbalist, Nutritionist, and Usui Reiki Master. Her practice allows her to work one-on-one with clients.  She also employs iridology and flower essences in her consultations. She is especially interested in digestive health. “I think the old saying ‘Death sits in the gut’ is very true — if the gut has problems, it will affect the whole body.” As an alternative practitioner, Milla says she respects science while also respecting spirituality and its effect on humanity as a whole.  “I believe that alternative health has its place with spirituality and conventional medicine to ensure a holistic approach when it comes to physical and mental healing and well being.” In her spare time, Milla likes to paint.  Milla works in Sydney, Australia.  You can e-mail Milla at milla.milunovich@gmail.com.

Milla’s book is a practical guide to natural remedies for common and sometimes embarrassing digestive health issues using modern and traditional treatments. Suggested remedies rely on a holistic approach utilizing herbs, vitamins, enzymes, probiotics, and other ingredients to not only treat the observed symptoms but also resolve the underlying health problem. Order it here.

3 thoughts on “Guest Blogger Milla Milunovich: Let Your Gut Be Your Guide

  1. Dan Kreber

    This sounds like a good book to read. I’ve noticed that whenever I’m dealing with emotional issues or some kind of problem, my gut gets tied up in knots and “production” slows. It can be quite uncomfortable at times. Thank you for this information!

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    1. Milla Milunovich

      Dear Dan,
      Thanks for your comment. You’re right when you say that stress is related to digestion. It is well known that stress lowers the production of stomach acid and digestive enzymes. There are many books that discuss this issue. However, it is less known that stress also impairs the functioning of liver and gallbladder. This is important because without sufficient amounts of liver bile i) the small intestine is unable to process fat properly, which results in indigestion, ii) body retains higher levels of toxins, and iii) cholesterol is likely to increase. Chapter 3 of my book deals with atonic indigestion, which is primarily caused by stress.
      While it is important to bring your stress levels under control by making lifestyle changes, few of us can afford to alter our daily routines significantly. Thus, you may try to bring the stress under control by other means, such as herbal remedies, nutrition and exercise. Try taking liquid herbal extracts (or capsules) of passion flower and rhadiola to deal with stress. Also, you may need to regulate your level of stomach acid by taking a number of other herbs. Exactly, which herbs will depend on whether you have alleviated or reduced levels of stomach acid.
      For more details, please have a look at my book, or you may contact me on my email milla.milunovich@gmail.com.
      Best,
      Milla
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  2. Penny McDaniel Post author

    Dan,

    I think Milla’s book will answer a lot of your questions. Many, if not all of our physical symptoms/issues stem from our emotional/mental reactions to something happening or that has happened in our lives. If left unresolved, our bodies react physically.

    Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.
    Blessings.
    Penny

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