Mindful Eating & Digestion


Mindful eating means that when, where, how, and with whom we eat with is important. Our parasympathetic division of the nervous system has some control over how well we digest food. If we are stressed, or eating on the go, not enjoying the company, and not allowing our body to “rest and digest,” our digestive system becomes impaired.

Emotions. Emotions effect digestion just as stress does. It is best not to eat in times of emotional upset. This can be difficult for many of us, but when digestion is impaired due to stress, we cannot assimilate nutrients, and symptoms can begin to occur.

Chew your food well. Chewing it and breaking down food as much as possible relieves stress on the digestive tract. We have digestive juices in our mouths to aid in the breakdown process, so really take your time with this step.

Gratitude and having a reflective state of mind at each meal goes a long way with food, as does visualizing the good things that the nutrients are doing in our body. Slowing down is key.

Optimal digestion can enrich your life in ways such as weight management, improved mood, clear train of thought, consistent bowel movements, skin health, increased energy and vitality, and much more.


[  AUTHOR : Lise Marie-Johnson  ]

Esme Holistic Nutrition
The information on this site is provided for educational purposes only.
It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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