Feb 6, 2018
Time to digest ......
Digestion in all forms begins with how we ingest something and ends with how much we absorb and how much we let go. Physically our digestive tract is the outside world - a long tube that carries our sustenance to where it ultimately needs to go to nurture our bodies. It is important to recognise how, when and why we eat. How we consume and filter information, emotions and thoughts is also important.
Unresolved emotional states play havoc with our digestion. If we are stressed, under pressure or deadline driven and we cannot switch off, then our nervous system is locked in the active, survival adrenalin-fueled state. Instead of the rest, digest and relax state. Anxiety and unease can cause our bellies to feel nauseous. This is a heightened awareness that inhibits the rest and digest part of the nervous system.
Eating and drinking mindfully is a great way to ensure we set the process up well from the beginning. Simply eating uninterrupted by other goings on. That means properly chewing, tasting and paying attention to what is going into your mouth.
Not drinking water 30 minutes before a meal. This dilutes the stomach acid and makes digesting food more challenging.
Drinking a cup of hot water with 1 or 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey upon waking. Alternatively simply drink a glass of hot water upon waking - this will flush out the toxins that your body accumulated overnight.
Breathing deeply before eating a meal may be all you need to reset yourself and to prepare to eat.
The more time you rest, digest and relax will ultimately improve the quality of your well being.