There's nothing better than the feeling of a strong stomach, after a meal that served your soul (and your health).
Increasingly individuals are turning away from processed food and into food that's easy for your body to process; away from fast food and towards healthy fasting. We're quickly learning that good digestion leads to a long and healthy life, and that our food and lifestyle choices are key to digestive health. So what's the best way to eat for your optimal digestive health?
The one-sentence answer: Improve your FLOW.
In order to make the most of your food, and to minimize stress, flow must be there. Your flow of breath, your flow of life, and your FLOW foods- Fresh, Local, Organic, and Whole.
Flow of Breath:
Take 5 minutes each day and focus upon deepening and lengthening your flow of breath. Really massaging your abdomen as you pull your stomach in deeply as you exhale. With deep belly breaths you'll increase your oxygen flow and improve your circulation to your digestive tract- this will make it easier for your body to break down and digest your nutrient-rich food. More oxygen, more nutrients, more energy, more health. In short, increase your flow of breath for more energy for more joy.
Flow of Life:
Take the time to eat mindfully. Yes, food on the run with your Iphone in hand is easy, but are you supporting your best digestive health? Probably not. Iin the long-run that sluggish feeling after eating will slow down your productivity anyhow, so why not slow down your breath, your body, your flow of life, and allow your rest and digest nervous state to take over for your meal- your body will thank you with more energy and a lighter feeling in the gut as your body was able to divert its energy to breaking down food for health.
(If, however, you have the new Yoga for Internal Health App on your phone- coming soon!, feel free to breathe along as you eat.)
Next time you go shopping remember this acronym:
Yes, one little acronym will do it all. By eating FLOW foods you will increase your body's intake of enzymes, vitamins, nutrients, and minimize new toxins being added to your body, enabling breath and movement to do its work in empowering yourself back to optimal health. In this state, stressful events simply roll off your shoulders because you have the resources to handle them effectively. If you suspect food sensitivities, visit your Naturopathc Doctor, or get in touch for a referral to a great ND in your area- it's worth finding out for yourself.
By improving your FLOW in Breath, Life, and Food choices you improve your digestion, strengthening your relaxation response which will help you combat stress and improving health in every moment. In-between yoga classes, treat yourself to better health and embrace the FLOW of your joyful life.
From my inner truth to your inner health,
Inner Truth Yoga-
Inner truth yoga is a growing yoga and wellness company that was inspired by the journey into discovering joy within, and bringing it into life, one moment and one decision at a time. Thank you to the amazing Yogis who came before and found the connections between energy, breath, movement and life. With an attitude to learning, we endeavor to pass on these teachings with as much consideration and integrity as the state in which they were created. Thank you.