Improve Your Digestion with these 3 Easy Actions

Improve Your Digestion with these 3 Easy Actions


Hi, Malerie here. In this video I’m going
to be sharing with you some actions that you can take to improve your digestive
system. These actions are really simple, they’re easy to remember, and they’re
gonna take us back to the basics and the foundations of improving your digestive
system and ensuring that it works optimally for you. I’m not gonna get
really sciency on you today or use some big terms with the exception of the two
that are coming up right now. So your digestive system is run on a
parasympathetic nervous system state. This is your rest and digest state of
being. So when we’re in a parasympathetic state, we’re calm, we’re able to digest. We
often go into this state when we’re sleeping, when we’re meditating, we’re
watching TV, or really finding ourselves in a peaceful relaxing environment like
when we take a walk outside. And the opposite to the parasympathetic state is
gonna be your sympathetic state. This is otherwise known as fight-or-flight. So
we’re ready to run, we’re ready to move, we’re in survival mode. When we’re
stressed out or eating on the go or taking a working lunch or maybe even
eating and then going right back to work, we’re still in sympathetic mode. Our body
is still receiving that nervous system response of stress. React to stress and
be in stress. So this is going to lead us into the first action item that I’m
going to give you. And that is to allow yourself to move into a parasympathetic,
rest and digest state, before you enjoy your meal.
You can do this on your way to enjoy a meal, whether you’re eating out or while
you’re preparing your meal. If you’re eating in or maybe taking a lunch
right in your lunchroom, and just invite that, “I am calm,” “I’m going to be able to
rest and digest while I have this meal.” Take three big inhales and three big
exhales. Just let the stress go before you enjoy your meal. Really allow
yourself to settle and maybe even give a little bit of gratitude and thanks to
the people who prepared this food. If it was you or a friend or family member or
a chef, and allow your body to come in that thanks and in that position to rest,
once you’ve taken those few deep breaths and you begin enjoying your food and
eating. The second action is gonna be to chew your food completely. So our body
and our stomach and our digestive system don’t have teeth, so it’s relying on us
to break down the food in our mouths and in our jaw with our teeth to ensure that
it can then in turn absorb those nutrients to the full capacity that
we’re going to need them. So when you chew your food, and you’re in a calm
state, our digestive system is getting their response that okay I can take this
in, I have the time and I can use the energy just for digestion. One pro tip
here is to avoid any sort of beverage while you’re eating. Our digestive system
is like a fire and when we consume beverages while we’re eating, it’s gonna
just put water on that fire and we want to use the entire flame for digesting
our food that’s chewed properly. The last action item is going to be
happening after you’ve enjoyed your meal. So just like we’ve moved into our meal
time a calm and grateful and kind of slowed
down state of being preparing for digestion, we want to move out of
digestion and rest the same way. So I’m gonna encourage you here when you finish
your meal, just sit for a couple minutes. You can set a timer for three to five
minutes take several deep breaths in and out. You might even want to express
gratitude again or talk to your colleagues or whoever you’re eating with
whether it’s friends family or even your dog or cat. Tell them how good it was,
tell them how much you enjoyed the meal. Bring some peace to this time and some
gratitude again. That’s it. Really the simplicity of these three actions is
gonna help to alleviate some signs and symptoms that you might be experiencing
like gas, bloating, indigestion, acid reflux, even constipation, and diarrhea.
When we can go back to the basics and the foundations, we can really look at
our body as a mechanism for processing and putting it back into that rest and
digestion state for optimal nutritional absorption. So again enjoy your meal in a
restful state. Take a few deep breaths while you’re eating to your food
completely, and then when you’re done with your meal just give yourself five
minutes to let that food settle in and digest before you run off to your next
meeting or the next item on your to-do list. If you’re looking for a little bit
more information on food check out my video, “Shift into Spring,” where I talk a
little bit about some foods that you’ll want to consume as we move into spring
and start to enjoy the spring season. As always I hope that you found this video
inspirational, and most of all motivational. Please like, share with your
friends and I’ll see you next time. Thanks again for watching

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