You may be wondering what writing words on paper have to do with healing your gut? The answers might surprise you. Keeping a journal can help your digestive health in a few ways.

Journaling can be a great stress reliever. It can also be used to keep a record of the foods you eat and how you feel after eating them. Keeping a food journal can make it easier for you to identify and avoid the foods that you have negative reactions to.

Reduce Stress and Digest

Writing in a journal is a powerful exercise in stress reduction. There are few opportunities in life to spill out your deepest emotions without fear of judgement. Keeping a personal journal is one such opportunity.

Stress is terrible for your gut health. It inhibits healthy digestion and chronic stress, and can even lead to more severe conditions like leaky gut.

Using a journal as an outlet to vent negative emotions gets them out of your system and has a cathartic effect. It might seem weird if you’ve never journaled before, but you’ll probably grow to view writing as a form of therapy. It’s simply a space to write down how you truly feel and process the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Keeping Track of Your Reactions

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Another benefit of journaling for gut health is keeping track of what goes into your body. You can also keep a record of your reactions to the foods you consume.  Try writing down what you eat and how you feel for one week. Afterward, you’ll be so much more aware of your reactions to certain foods.

After consistently keeping a food journal for a week, take a look at the foods that you are reacting negatively to. Try eliminating these foods from your diet, one at a time for a few days each, to see if your digestion improves.

Don’t worry, you won’t have to do this forever. But if you want to get on the fast track to healthy digestion, it’s a good idea to keep track of what you are eating and your reactions to those foods.

And it doesn’t have to end at how you feel physically. You could also make a note of how you feel emotionally after eating certain foods. Perhaps eating soup makes you feel comforted and cozy. Meanwhile, eating a french fries might make you feel bad about yourself.

Write it all down, and over time you’ll be more conscious of only consuming foods that are deeply nourishing and right for your unique body. Remember, no two people are exactly alike. Therefore, you have to find what foods are the best fuel your body.

Make it Special

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Journaling is an act of self-love. You do it for yourself and no one else. So treat yourself, and get a beautiful journal that inspires you to take action, because having a gorgeous journal will inspire you to use it.