Do you know the importance of your mental health for your gut health + how to deal with overwhelming emotions?

Are you in a rut on your gut healing journey yet constantly dealing with overwhelming and negative emotions?

On this week’s podcast episode, you may just find what you’ve been missing.

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“Physical, emotional, and mental pain are all sign posts to a greater storyline within you.”

Kimberly Lucas

How to Deal with Overwhelming Emotions {in order to heal your gut} {Episode 58 with Kimberly Lucas}

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  1. Teal Swan: The Completion Process
  2. Joe Dispenza
  3. What is the Vagus Nerve?
  4. Emotional Healing (Episode 3 of the podcast)
  5. The Emotion Code: How to Release Your Trapped Emotions for Abundant Health, Love, and Happiness (Updated and Expanded Edition)
  6. The Secret Language of Your Body: The Essential Guide to Health and Wellness
  7. Kimberly’s website HERE
  8. Kimberly on Instagram HERE
  9. Work with Kimberly HERE

We need to be in our body to heal our gut.

Kimberly Lucas

Don’t Miss These Thoughts

  • Who is Kimberly Lucas?
  • What did Kimberly go through in order to start truly healing?
  • What are chakras, why are they so important for the physical body, and what are the 3 most relevant chakras for gut healing?
  • Ways we can begin to address internal healing? Kimberly gives the practical steps.
  • What are some resources for learning more about the connection between mind and body?
  • How important are diets and supplements in a gut healing journey?
  • How does our self-talk influence our gut?
  • How do we separate our identity and our illness?

“Through every trauma lies an innocent child ready to break free. In order to free the child one must be willing to face their trauma and take back their power.”

Kimmy Althauser-Lucas

A Little Anecdote

Kimberly Lucas grew up with chronic stomach conditions that started when she was around 14.

In addition to crippling stomach issues she also dealt with candida, acne, and thyroid issues.

Despite turning towards the naturalistic route and eating clean, taking supplements, and working with practitioners, nothing was working for her.

Sound familiar?

She hit a rut.

Finally in her 30’s she discovered the power of healing her own emotional trauma through her inner child.

She now deals with NONE of her past symptoms and continues to practice what she preaches everyday.

All because she healed her mind. And then her physical health followed.

What we feel internally always manifests externally.

Kimberly Lucas

Physical Symptoms and Emotion

We already know the connection between the nervous system and the gut, but what about emotional health?

How does the quality of our mental health relate the the health of our gut?

In the podcast Kimberly mentions chakras, which are basically energy centers within your body.

These chakras are meant to flow through our body system, similar to a waterfall.

But when emotions aren’t properly dealt with these energy bodies can become stuck and create physical issues.

Each chakra has their own location as well as core emotions that attach themselves there.

Here are the 7 chakras, simplified:

  1. Root chakra– this chakra is located in the tailbone region and is important for foundational bodily functions like eating and sleeping. It also is our physical and spiritual connection to the Earth itself. This chakra is focused on the emotion of peace.
  2. Sacral chakra– this chakra is in your deeper pelvic area and centers around who you are. It includes enjoyable parts of living like sexual freedom and creativity. This chakra is focused on creativity and discovery.
  3. Solar plexus chakra– this chakra is located around the intestinal region. This focuses on your self “warrior” or response to stressful situations.
  4. Heart chakra– this is obviously, in your heart area. This focuses on love and its byproducts.
  5. Throat chakra– this is in your throat (another shocking one I know). It is your means of how you express yourself both physically and internally. It helps you tell your own truth.
  6. Third eye chakra– this is between your eyebrows. This is an area of energy that helps you go past regular human thinking and explore the spiritual world.
  7. Crown chakra– top of your head. This is simply your consciousness. When it is balanced though, you reach the full discovery of yourself and your place in the world.

Of course we want these chakras to be freely flowing through our body and perfectly in balance with one another.

Unfortunately, they are very easy to get blocked.

7 Chakras for how to deal with overwhelming emotions

Red flags that can signal a blocked chakra

  • chronic sickness
  • mentally stuck in a rut
  • physical soreness and stiffness
  • loss of a sense of control

As Kimberly says, any physical pain is simply a messenger.

It is our body’s way of telling us that something is out of line and some reflection needs to be done.

Sources: HERE

Gut chakras

Kimberly goes into depth in three of the chakras in particular that connect with our Gutsy issues.

1. Root chakra (lowest, tailbone area): safety and security

-do you feel safe and secure in your body?

-crucial for this to be in balance, without we can not fully heal our gut

2. Sacral chakra (middle, pelvis)- marriage, relationships, joy, sexuality, happiness

3. Solar plexus (highest, stomach)- trust, authentic self, power, confidence

All three of these chakras are essential to get rebalanced, especially the root chakra.

It is here that the root question of- do YOU believe you can heal comes in to play.

If you don’t truly believe it, you won’t heal.

Steps To Addressing Internal Emotions

“Physical, emotional, and mental pain are all sign posts to a greater storyline within you”

It is so easy to get trapped in our heads, and our inner trauma.

Kimberly notes that in order to truly heal we must face the issues we tend to shy away from.

Here are the 3 steps:

  1. Acknowledge that your pain is more than just physical (physical symptoms indicate deeper issues). Btw – this first step is an absolute GAME CHANGER.
  2. Stay curious- open yourself up to areas of depth.
  3. Allow yourself to FEEL your pain.
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The last one is scary, I know, but necessary to heal.

Kimberly mentions in the podcast that allowing yourself to feel will bring forward an emotion that you can reflect on.

You must face these in order to continue making progress.

A lot of the time these can also bring forward memories, which can be hard to work through.

Allow yourself the time and space to deal with these potentially difficult emotions.

Remember that this is a great way to make strides towards your future health.

Healing the Inner Self

Now that we have dug up all this emotion, what do we do with it? Kimberly describes the importance of facing and working through your trauma head on in the podcast.

If they aren’t addressed, these problems will continue to root themselves in the physical body.

“What we feel internally will always manifest externally.”

Kimberly Lucas

If we don’t heal our mind we will never heal our gut.

The good news is this is entirely feasible. There are a number of ways to make these internal shifts.

1. Change the way you talk to yourself

One quick way Kimberly suggests to start is to change the way we talk to ourselves. Instead of feeding ourself constant negative feelings, change the way you talk to yourself.

Try telling yourself mantras everyday that reflect a headspace of healing and positivity. Eventually this can become a regular practice that can encourage positive emotions.

Even small things like this can make a huge change in your healing journey.

2. Disconnect your identity from your mental/ physical issues

Also remind yourself that you are NOT your illness or mental trauma.

This is the best way to build a foundation for working through your inner-self in a healthy way.

3. Take ownership over your healing journey

While having professional help can be extremely beneficial in improving mental health, it all comes down to YOU.

Therapists can provide helpful coping strategies and lead you on your journey, but it truly is in your hands.

It takes hard work and dedication, but removing this negative energy from your body is critical.

Further Learning

Kimberly recommends a couple resources to dive more into each section of the inner-healing process.

  1. The Completion Process (how to heal your inner child)
  2. The Emotion Code: How to Release Your Trapped Emotions for Abundant Health, Love, and Happiness (Updated and Expanded Edition) how to release trapped emotion from your body)
  3. The Secret Language of Your Body: The Essential Guide to Health and Wellness (emotional component to your symptoms)

These books help further dive into the connection between traumatic events and physical manifestations.

To wrap it all up, Kimberly mentions three things she believes to be absolutely crucial to gut healing: Self confidence, self trust, and self forgiveness.

Notice how all 3 start with the “self.”

Healing is in your hands if you are willing to take it.

More from A Gutsy Girl

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Wrap Up

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Bio: Kimberly Lucas

My name is Kimberly Althauser-Lucas, but most refer to me as Kimmy. I’ve always had a strong intuition, but never knew the extent of it until I started my spiritual journey. It wasn’t until December 2013, when reality hit me in the face.

I was 24 years old and my best friend was found dead. When I received that phone call I hit rock bottom and started to experience a heavy amount depression and started second guessing life and if I am meant to be here.

From that day on I knew I needed help.

My childhood wounds began to haunt me even more. Memories of the past of being sexually abused and my parents drunk and fighting began to surface and take over me.

I started to seek external help and began to put my mental and physical health as a priority.

I started incorporating daily prayer, Wim Hof breathing, reiki, acupuncture, weekly therapy sessions with a psychiatrist, and seeing a Native Hawaiian Healer to heal my trauma.

In July 2018, the Voilà Method found me and I found it. It was a perfect modality I started to use daily to heal my own inner wounds. The Voilà method helped me heal my inner child and I started to become pain free physically and mentally.

In April 2021, I began to expand my knowledge in self healing and took the Completion Process by Teal Swan.

Today, I now guide others out of pain by healing not just the body, but the mind and soul.

If you liked this episode, you might also enjoy:

  1. Self Healing {through healing letters}
  2. Anxiety Self Care Checklist {Episode 46 with Kerri Axelrod}
  3. What Role Does the Gut Play in Mood and Brain Health {Episode 37 with Tina Anderson}


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