Did you know, stress is one of the main causes of poor digestion? Of course food matters, but optimal assimilation involves more than what’s on your plate. Integrate these 5 non-food related activities and you’ll see a significant change in your bloat, belly aches, indigestion and weight:
- Get outside.
Interact with plants & animal life. Be in nature. Beauty is not only pretty to look at, it quiets your mind. You need time each day to remember who you are. Nature’s rhythm brings you back to yourself. Strengthening your connection to the divine source relaxes your nervous system, preparing you for optimal digestion.
- Focus on HOW you eat
Resist eating fast. Panicked eating is stressful eating. Slow down. Savor. Stress chemistry is a major reason for poor digestion. It’s crucial to reverse that at the start of each meal and give your body a chance by eating when you’re calm.
- Hang out with healthy, happy people.
Being around strong positive energy improves your “happiness chemistry.” Improving your chemistry makes your belly happy too. When your body is chronically stressed, peristalsis slows and digestion is down-regulated, causing stomach aches & constipation. Happy friends = happy bowels.
- Chill in the tub.
Pick up extra oatmeal or Milky Oat Tops. If your skin is dry and your GI is knotted up, it’s going to love soaking in the moisturizing & smooth muscle relaxing benefits of oats. Avena Sativa is rich in B vitamins and calms the nervous system as well as the soft muscle tissue surrounding your organs. This bath is more than skin deep.
- Put a warm castor oil pack on your belly.
Castor oil is a traditional remedy for softening skin tissue, dissolving unwanted growths and keeping energy moving. Putting a castor oil pack on your belly, with added heat, for about 15-40 minutes each day (for 1-2 week intervals) helps calm GI inflammation and provides additional stress relief.
Remember, healthy digestion is not just about macronutrients. It’s about HOW you live. Try one or more suggestions for a month and let me know. It’s important to actively participate in activities that down-regulate the effects of stress.
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