5 Easy Ways To Eat Your Way To Better Intuition
Intuition. We all have it, and many of us ignore it, most of the time. Our ancestors were much more respectful of and reliant on their intuition. But with the growth and development of the ‘modern’ outer cortex of the brain humans moved away from intuition and emotion, and towards logic and fact.
To quote Dr. Tara Swart in her book The Source, “We lost our relationship with fate: we needed to control fate and have more than everyone else…We stopped being and started doing a lot of things, existing on a kind of autopilot that we could not turn off.” And, that’s pretty much where we stayed! There is a movement now towards returning to a simpler kind of life, to being more in touch with ourselves and using our ancient brain, and to once again trusting our intuition. Everything in modern Western life tends to work against this though, so I wanted to bring you some of my top tips to enable you to improve your intuition!
1) Gut feeling
You know the phrase ‘gut feeling’, which is often used instead of ‘intuition’ – have you ever then considered that a lot of your intuitive ability comes from a healthy digestive system? Yes, that’s right! Of course, we want to use food that also improve the functioning of the brain, but we really need to start with the gut first.
One of the keys to good digestive health is to ensure that you have adequate quantities of helpful gut bacteria, as well as minimizing the presence of any harmful bacteria or parasites. The best way to do this is to ensure that you eat a variety of colorful vegetables, and some fruit, every day. This will provide a wide range of phytonutrients as well as both soluble and insoluble fiber, which are required to support healthy intestinal flora. Including fermented foods in your diet is also very beneficial to increasing the quantity and variety of good bacteria – things such as yogurt, sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, and kefir.
As well as increasing your vegetable intake, it is a good idea, at least initially, to reduce the amounts of red meat, processed foods and sugars that you are consuming as these things all tax the digestive system and are likely to increase any inflammation already lurking here. If you’re just starting down the road of a more ‘healthy’ approach to eating, it is probably a good idea to supplement with a quality probiotic capsule. You need to take these on a daily basis as they don’t produce new bacteria that will stay in your digestive system but they will do the work of any missing bacteria.
2) Eat more
Foods that are particularly good for improving brain health and intuition include:
- blue-purple foods: including blueberries, blackberries, figs, plums, grapes, purple cabbage, purple kale, purple potatoes
- herbs and spices of all varieties
- omega-3 fats (the brain is 60% fat!): such as flaxseed, fatty fish, leafy greens, nuts and seeds
- chocolate (yay!)
3) Eat less
Things to avoid consuming in excessive quantities in order to improve your intuition (and your overall well-being):
4) Time to eat?
If you’ve never tried Intermittent Fasting you may want to give it a go in order to improve your intuitive abilities. Intermittent fasting has been found to improve brain health, including clarity of thought.
Rather than sticking to a regimented eating schedule, try eating when you are hungry. As well as timing your meals intuitively, tune in to your body, listening also to what it wants you to feed it. This is probably not the best approach when you’re first starting down the road of improving intuition because you might tune in to the bad bacteria controlling your brain – asking for chips and chocolate bars! – rather than your true intuitive knowledge
5) Eat to sleep, perchance to dream
Getting enough good quality sleep is imperative for brain function and the flow of intuition. Not eating too close to bedtime – ideally finish meals 2 to 3 hours before sleep -will improve sleep because food generally stimulates the brain, therefore disrupting deep sleep Of course, your intuition has a symbiotic relationship with your dreams too, so you might want to start keeping a dream journal to see what messages your intuition is giving you whilst you are asleep!
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