When you think of meditation, you probably don’t associate it with better digestion and gut health. I know I didn’t until I learned just how much stress influences our gut health, and exactly how powerful meditation is for decreasing stress. Here I talk about the importance and how to use meditation for mindful eating. This is just one of my tips for healthy digestion. These tips for mindful eating exercises are excellent paired with the mindful eating app.
What Evolution Has to do With Healthy Digestion
Issues like leaky gut often come from living a high-stress lifestyle. Most of us are under significant stress in today’s world. When you’re feeling anxious or rushed, your body goes into fight or flight. This is a survival mechanism that’s been with us since long before our frontal lobes developed. Back when we had to struggle just to survive, fight or flight was helpful, but nowadays we don’t have to fight off predators and run for our lives (at least not often). This response to external stress kicks in whenever something triggers our stress response.
When your body is in fight or flight, it isn’t able to direct much energy towards proper digestion. The food we take in when we’re in a hurry, working, or worried just sits in our guts until we’ve calmed down enough to initiate digestion. But a person still must eat, and that’s where things get tricky. If you want healthy digestion, more energy, clear skin, and a calm nervous system, meditation is the answer. Our digestive system performs better when it is more relaxed. That is why meditation for mindful eating can be an important technique to learn.
How Meditation Helps Our Digestion
Learning and practicing meditation over time helps decrease stress and turn off the fight or flight response that many people are all too familiar with. The nervous system and the gut are inextricably linked. Humans were never designed to be stressed out all the time, and when we learn to calm our nervous systems, our health improves dramatically.
When you get used to tuning into your breath and releasing stressful negative thought patterns your digestion will improve, you’ll have more energy for fun activities and life will seem a whole lot less overwhelming.
Easy Ways to Incorporate Meditation in your Life
When we shift our dietary mindset, we can become more aware of emotional triggers that can lead to overeating or mindless munching. By learning to connect our feelings with food triggers, we can start to understand how to become more balanced in our eating. Learning to connect with your emotions can help when it comes to practicing mindful eating.
Simply taking even 5-10 minutes a day to sit down in a quiet comfortable place. The focus of the breath is enough to make a difference.
Set aside time each day to do nothing but breathe. Allow any thoughts that arise to drift away without attachment.
Here’s a great list of apps you can use to help you easily make meditation a part of your life. They include Insight Timer, Smiling Mind, MyLife, UCLA Mindful, and 10% Happier. Pair them with a mindful eating app and you will be set up for success.
If you’re seriously interested in getting healthy, restoring your digestion, and boosting your energy, then check out my new comprehensive program Restore your Gut Health. Details here: https://eatyournutrition.com/restore-your-gut-health-enrollment. In the program, you get a ton of delicious, satisfying recipes, as well as strategies that will help rebuild your intestinal flora.
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Check out my other articles on healthy digestion.
- My Favorite Teas for Healthy Digestion
- How to Avoid Gas From Raw Vegetables
- How Aloe Juice Improved My Gut Health
- Amazing Exercise and Gut Health Benefits
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