30 December, 2008

Health Tip of the Day - digestion

Maintaining a healthy gastrointestinal system is crucial for optimum health. A stressful lifestyle may affect digestive enzyme production, reduce gastrointestinal motility, and interfere with overall function of the gastrointestinal system.

Your body will be unable to properly absorb nutrients if you eat in a hurry or are in an angry or stressed out state. A moment of silence before meals will prepare your body to accept the nutrition from the foods you eat. To center and calm yourself before eating, take several slow deep breaths and express gratitude for your food and for your health, in whatever state it is. Be sure to chew your food slowly and thoroughly.

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