Healthy Digestion and Happy Holidays
/ the evening moon / Autumn wind
As the bounty of the Harvest continues and the season of celebrations begins—Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza—it’s a good time to remember a few things about healthy digestion
How To Improve and Maintain Healthy Digestion
Here are some tips to keep in mind now—as the flow-of-food begins to pick up speed—and throughout the rest of the year.
Cultivate these three simple habits, by being mindful of what you put into your stomach, and you’ll be the beneficiary of a happy body and healthy appetite.
1. Don’t eat sweets, especially refined sweets, on an empty stomach. It’s not good for your digestion.
2. Don’t put cold or raw food into an empty stomach. For example, raw vegetable salad and ice cream are two things people typically eat on an empty stomach. Don’t do it. It’s not good for your digestion.
3. Do eat small amounts of protein throughout the day—especially if your pancreas is out of balance. Diet-wise, it doesn’t matter what kind of protein it is, although animal protein has beneficial aspects not necessarily available in plant proteins.
How To Tell When Your Pancreas is Out of Balance
It’s very simple: When your digestion is working well, you don’t feel it. That’s the beauty of the subtle feeling of health; nothing about your body is grabbing your attention, so you’re free to do whatever it is you want to do.
If you’re not currently experiencing digestive problems, cultivate the three simple habits to help ensure your Digestion stays in good shape.
On the other hand, when your Digestion is out of balance, an array of annoying distractions begin to appear. Discomforts like:
- Intestinal gas.
- Feeling sleepy after you eat.
- Feeling hungry again soon after eating.
- Not having much of an appetite.
Everybody doesn’t experience all these symptoms of poor digestion, but if your Pancreas is not in good shape—which tends to include most people in the U.S. and related dietary cultures, including vegans and vegetarians—then one or more of these symptoms will likely be familiar to you.
Oriental Medicine Can Help
Oriental Medicine has very effective ways to rebuild Digestive Energy—Five Element Eating; Chinese medicinal herbs, Acupuncture & Acupressure, and Chi Kung.
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