An article written in Harvard Health Publications states, "The brain has a direct effect on the stomach. For example, the very thought of eating can release the stomach’s juices before food gets there. This connection goes both ways. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person’s stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression. That’s because the brain and the gastrointestinal (GI) system are intimately connected — so intimately that they should be viewed as one system."
With the above in mind, be aware of your tendencies to eat in a rush, on the go, while multitasking, angry, anxious or depressed?
These are all distractions and blocks to optimal digestive health. Your conscious and unconscious emotional habitual patterns can block the breakdown and assimilation of food for energy and nourishment. This is known as malabsorption. Malabsorption can then create a reciprocal negative effect to the emotional well being of your mind and can be another cause of your current health problem.
Imagine eating very well all this time yet not knowing there are underlying emotional stressors that are in the way of your complete nourishment and health?
Here are some signs and symptoms to look for as noted by Harvard Medical School:
Stiff or tense muscles, especially in the neck and shoulders
Shakiness or tremors
Recent loss of interest in sex
Weight loss or gain
Difficulty completing work assignments
Changes in the amount of alcohol or food you consume
Taking up smoking, or smoking more than usual
Increased desire to be with or withdraw from others
Rumination (frequent talking or brooding about stressful situations)
Overwhelming sense of tension or pressure
Trouble remembering things
Loss of sense of humor
Knowing what you know now, here are strategies to break this pattern of emotional stress and malabsorption:
1. Sit while you eat.
2. Bless your food with love and gratitude.
3. Take a moment to take deep cleansing breaths before, during and at the end of your meal. A cleansing breath can be a sigh or a deep inhalation followed by a deep exhalation.
4. Take the time to see, smell and taste your food. This activates and prepares your body for optimal digestion.
5. Chew your food well to assist with digestion.
6. Enjoy and savor your meal.
7. Be present and take your time. Use this time as an eating meditation when appropriate.
8. Listen to your body to know when enough is enough and save the rest of your meal for later.
9. Get a Human Biofield Scan with an NES Health Practitioner to know the state of your nutritional health, emotional stress, malabsorption state, and common food sensitivities. Visit www.neshealth.com.
10. Support with Infoceuticals such as ESR (Emotional Stress Relief) and Chill to break the energetic patterns of emotional stress being held in your human biofield and organ systems.
Thanks for taking the time to help yourself.
To read the full article on the Gut-Brain Connection by Harvard Medical School. Click on this link: http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/the-gut-brain-connection