(This is the second part out of two posts about chewing and mindful eating. Read the first part here about chewing)
The digestion needs peace
Your digestive system works at its best when the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) is activated. PSNS is the part of the autonomic nervous system that is responsible for activities that occurs when your body is resting. It can be things like urinating, digestion, sexual arousal, slowing the heart beats etc. So you can call it a "rest and digest" mode.
The opposite is the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) that is responsible for the “fight and flight” state, makes sure that heartbeat accelerates, secrets stress hormones from the adrenals etc. When the SNS is activated it also inhibits the activities that PSNS is responsible for. So that means if you´re in a "fight and flight" mode your digestion is inhibited.
So slowing down when you have your meal is also very important. You can easily activate this “rest and digest” state. Here are some suggestions with Mindful Eating and the importance of chewing your food enough.
How are you having your meals? Do you have any special ways of making them more peaceful, beautiful and mindful? Please share your ideas with us!
This is the second part of Chewing & Mindful eating. Read the first part here.
Take care & chew well!
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Helen Kåselöv is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and the founder of Healing from within with yoga & food (former Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic pain). Helen has a history of severe endometriosis and is today helping women with endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids and other pelvic pain online, with yoga, nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Using yoga both as a tool in different kinds of healing programs, pain management, yoga has become the foundation in her work. “Yoga can help you in so many ways: Physically, mentally, spiritually and as a personal development tool.”