Approximately one-third of the population experiences chronic, puzzling gastrointestinal issues. It’s quite likely that a vast majority of individuals could significantly enhance their overall well-being by optimizing their digestion.
At Essentially You Healthcare, we diligently inquire about crucial aspects such as diet, bowel movements, stress levels, and quality of sleep when consulting with our clients.
Drawing a parallel to the automotive world, consider this: just as using premium fuel results in improved performance, extended running time, and reduced system clogging in cars, the human body operates in a similar fashion.
By prioritising proper nutrition and digestive health, we can pave the way for a healthier, smoother, and more efficient body, just like a well-maintained and high-performing automobile. Together, we can work towards achieving better health and well-being for everyone we serve.
Chinese Medicine and Digestion
The digestive process begins with food breaking down in the stomach, separating into pure nutrients and impure waste. The pure components travel upwards to the spleen, where they undergo a transformation into vital qi (energy), blood, and bodily fluids. Meanwhile, the impure elements are directed downwards through the small intestine for further separation. Once again, the pure substances are sent to the spleen, while the impure ones continue their path to the large intestines, eventually being excreted through the bowels.
However, when these organs are not balanced, various digestive issues may arise, such as irregular bowel movements, constipation, diarrhea, allergies, lack of energy, brain fog, abdominal pain, bloating, and acid reflux.
According to Chinese medicine, poor digestion can often be attributed to one or a combination of factors, including improper diet, chronic stress, inadequate sleep, and other lifestyle choices like alcohol consumption and exercise or lack of.
To address and improve digestion, acupuncture offers valuable assistance by balancing the internal organs and facilitating the smooth movement of qi, thus influencing the gut-brain axis and the nervous system.
To support your digestive system’s well-being, consider the following tips:
- Eat seasonally
- Opt for predominantly warm cooked foods, as cold and raw foods slow the digestive process and require more energy to break down.
- Savor your meals and avoid rushing while eating, as enjoyment and mindfulness aid in the digestion process.
- Be mindful of foods that create dampness, as they can lead to a sluggish, heavy feeling in the digestive system. Such foods include highly processed items, excessive dairy, and sugary treats.
- Reduce stress in your life, as it can impact the liver’s ability to facilitate the free flow of qi, which is essential for proper digestion.
- Engage in moderate exercise to keep your body moving and prevent stagnation in the digestive system.
By making conscious choices and incorporating these suggestions into your lifestyle, you can promote a healthier and more balanced digestive system, allowing you to enjoy life with vitality and comfort.