For centuries, ancient healing traditions have taught us that mind, body, and spirit are one and the same—there’s no disconnect between any of them. Now, modern medicine is beginning to agree, as we move from a Newtonian view of the human body to a quantum one. The exciting thing that’s happening now, is that so much research is being done that is actually proving the truths of these ancient healing traditions, which also claimed that all disease begins in the digestive system, as do the markers of longevity and radiant health.
Belly Button Healing, a self-healing method developed by New York Times bestselling author Ilchi Lee, combines the principles of the ancients, steeped in thousands of years of time-tested knowledge of Eastern medicine, with modern techniques that are simple to use in daily life.
The connection of digestion and gut health to the mind, emotions, and spirit is profound. Belly Button Healing is one of the best modalities you can use to heal your digestive issues, which in turn, makes you happier. The health of the microbes in your gut determine how well you age as well as the state of your emotional well-being and happiness. There’s a heck of a lot going on just behind your belly button that you might not even be aware of!
Millions of microbes line your intestinal villi, and they are sensitive to everything. If you yell and scream, the microbes in your gut feel that. If you send them warmth, love, and compassion, they feel that too. The point is, your gut microbes are incredibly sensitive. Anything you do to put these microbes in a relaxed and healthy state of being has tremendous effects on your digestion, as well as your mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
Belly Button Healing is a profound act of self-love toward these internal microbes that reside on your intestinal villi, because it makes use of simple techniques that you can do daily to promote intestinal well-being. By stimulating the gut microbes and massaging them through Belly Button Healing techniques, they’re able to function in the way they were meant to, which has a profound impact on your emotions, your mood, and your mental state.
The Feel Good Hormones in Your Gut
We now know that the majority of serotonin (the feel good hormone) is produced in your gut, and half of the body’s dopamine (the pleasure hormone) is produced there too. With mindful stimulation of the belly button, you wind up supporting the creation of both serotonin and dopamine,which leave us feeling healthy, happy, and relaxed.
In Ilchi Lee’s book, Belly Button Healing: Unlocking Your Second Brain for a Healthy Life, he explains the process further: “Depression and anxiety, which develop when we don’t have enough serotonin, may be strongly influenced by the health of the intestines. Consequently, improving the health of the intestines can increase serotonin secretion, enabling us to maintain a positive mood and causing us to feel satisfaction and motivation.”
When serotonin and dopamine are stimulated within the belly, they move to the brain and other parts of the body, leaving us feeling revitalized all over. Referred to as the “second brain,” the state of the gut has such an impact on our emotional and mental state that it makes perfect sense to do everything we can to promote its natural healing mechanisms. One of the techniques used to do this within the Belly Button Healing method is by pressing repetitively on the belly button for about 3 minutes.
Not only do Belly Button Healing techniques improve your mood, they also relax the mind, clear the head, improve mental focus, and promote feelings of being grounded and centered.
Your Lymphatic System Drains Gut Toxicity
If you’re wondering more about the science behind the gut-brain connection, here’s some recent evidence that further explains just how your digestive system is connected to your brain, as is shown through recent discoveries surrounding the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is the largest circulatory system in the body. It’s a part of the body that, until now, has remained a bit of a mystery to us. Your lymphatic system is the carrier of your immune system, and works to drain the body of toxins.
What’s interesting is that the lymphatic system is mostly concentrated around the intestinal tract, and acts as the drainage system for your intestinal skin. If the lymphatic drainage system is clogged, toxicity builds up. The techniques presented in Belly Button Healing support the drainage of this gut toxicity by getting energy flowing within, to help prevent blockages.
The fascinating thing is that within the past year, science has found that there are also lymphatic vessels in the brain, which help drain and detox the brain. This groundbreaking research is connecting the dots as to why the brain and emotional well-being are directly connected to digestive health. It explains to us even further why the gut really is the body’s second brain, and why we need to take care of it if we want to have good mental and emotional health.
The Gut-Brain Super Highway
Within the human body, we have pathways that deliver information from the intestinal gut to the brain, and from the brain back to the gut. They’re bi-directional pathways, and they’re constantly sending information back and forth to each other. These are the pathways that make us human—the beings on the planet with the highest states of awareness and cognitive function.
The health and integrity of these pathways is greatly enhanced when we practice Belly Button Healing on a daily basis because your belly button is like a doorway to these information pathways. By giving this important doorway the attention and compassion it deserves, you’re stimulating the energy to begin flowing throughout the entire system, opening up those pathways between the gut and the brain so that all those toxins can properly drain out of the lymphatic system.
Now more than ever, if we want to evolve as a species, we must listen to our intuition and support the health and integrity of the gut-brain connection through the simple techniques taught in Belly Button Healing.
To find out more about how you can increase happiness levels and improve your gut health in a simple yet profound way, check out Belly Button Healing: Unlocking Your Second Brain for a Healthy Life. Both of your brains will love you for it!