To diet or not to diet. There is so much information out now about various and contradictory approaches. High carbs, low fat. High protein, low carbs. Three meals a day or five smaller meals a day.
What do you believe? Who do you trust?
What can you do to best ensure healthy digestion?
We’re so busy choosing a different diet and counting calories that perhaps we’ve lost sight of the goal — feeling good, maintaining our health, and improving the quality of our lives. Nutrition plays a big part in the overall goal and therefore should not be overlooked
when considering which diet is right for you. Nutrition, however, is considerably more than simply what you eat. Perhaps there is too much emphasis placed on what you eat and not enough care and sense upon how and when you eat.
In this process it is important to consider our Digestive System. So far it has probably taken a lot of abuse, but it is important to realize that while able to accommodate a wide variety of input, it is a delicate and complex system which requires much fine-tuning to optimally function.
Blood flow, muscle action, proper enzyme secretion, effective absorption and complete elimination of waste, all controlled and coordinated by the Nervous System, require a specific order of sequence and definite timing for digestion to successfully occur.
The Autonomic Nervous System controls those functions usually associated with involuntary control, such as heart rate, breathing and digestion. If you eat when feeling rushed or upset, it throws the system into an inappropriate mode. It alters the delicate balance between acid and mucus production. It diverts blood away from the digestive organs. You tend to chew more quickly, swallowing larger pieces and making digestion more difficult. The timing of the system is affected and food passes through too quickly or sits too long and putrifies.
Even if you eat the healthiest food grown on the planet (and I certainly recommend that you do), if you are eating in a hurry, when you are angry or distracted, you probably will not absorb it properly.
When was the last time you ate on the run or brought problems to the table with you? Why not treat eating as a sacred experience and a time to fully enjoy. A little common sense goes a long way.
Dr. Jeffre Rosenfeld, a second-generation chiropractor, has been a practicing Doctor of Chiropractic for the past 29 years. Dr. Rosenfeld has studied various forms of healing modalities, and utilizes them with his intuitive gifts to provide the best care for each case. He says that his purpose is to “be a healing presence on the planet.”
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