2 More Unexpected Tips for a Powerful Digestion – with Emily Rosen

The digestive system is ground zero when it comes to health and nutrition. It’s where the action is, and where all good things begin when it comes to our most empowered metabolism. Our earlier video – 2 Unexpected Tips for a Powerful Digestion – was so well received that we’re sharing a great follow up – 2 MORE Unexpected Tips for a Powerful Digestion. In this video from IPEtv, Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating reveals some tips on how to improve digestion that will likely surprise you, and leave you with some great new tools. Tune in to find out this great information. We think you’ll make some excellent connections and discoveries!

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Here is a transcript of this week’s video:

Hi, I’m Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.

Today’s topic: 2 More Unexpected Tips for How to Improve Digestion

The first video I did on 2 Unexpected Tips for a Powerful Digestion was so well received, that how could I not talk about two MORE tips to improve digestion.

Good digestion is at a premium these days.

If you haven’t heard this all-important nutritional fact, then it’s time to get with the program – health begins in the digestive tract.

We could be eating the healthiest food in the universe, but if the digestive system isn’t fully able to digest, pulverize, assimilate, and excrete that meal – then we won’t even come close to reaching our metabolic potential. So many of our health issues are related to challenges in the gut. We can be experiencing fatigue, mood issues, brain fog, low immunity, joint pain, autoimmune diseases, cravings, and so much more – all of which can be related to poor gut function.

Last time, we talked about improving digestion in 2 ways – invoking the relaxation response, and taking more time for meals.

Here are 2 more unexpected tips for a powerful digestion. I’m calling these tips unexpected because often times, suggestions to improve digestion focus on taking digestive aids and supplements of all different kinds. The ones I’ll be sharing with you are a little different.

Digestive Tip #3 – Breathe

Oxygen can be considered the number one metabolic substance known to human kind. You could exist for up to four weeks without food, four days without water, but you only have a few minutes to live if you don’t have any oxygen. I think you get the picture. Think back to what you learned in junior high school biology: food plus oxygen equals calorie burn.

This is a simple metabolic equation that describes in the most fundamental way, how at the cellular level, food is burned in the body like wood in a fireplace. Whenever we have a combustion process, whether it’s food in your digestive tract or gasoline in your car, we need an agent that catalyzes combustion. The gas in your car is mixed with oxygen, and the food in your body is also mixed with oxygen.

Simply put, more oxygen equals more metabolism. Less oxygen equals less metabolism. This is what most of exercise science is essentially based upon.

A lot of us forget to breathe deeply, we breathe very shallow, and this can actually impact alertness, mood, energy level, and in this case – digestive capacity.

Try this experiment – take 5 to 10 long slow deep breaths before each meal or snack for the next several weeks, and notice if there are any changes in your digestion. Not only will you likely notice a difference in your digestive force, you might also notice a difference in natural appetite regulation and in your satisfaction with the meal. Plus when it comes to digestive aids, even though oxygen is the most powerful of all substances in this regards – it happens to be free of charge.

Here’s our last tip, #4, when it comes to a more powerful digestion:

Wake Up.

We have to wake up and pay attention when we eat. A lot of us are half asleep during a meal. When we eat on automatic pilot, when we don’t notice the food, when we don’t taste our food or eat with any kind of awareness – it’s a lot easier to eat past the point of fullness, to eat foods that we don’t even realize are causing us digestive upset, and we might not even notice foods that are downright toxic or debilitating to our system.

Waking up means being present to your meal, being aware, noticing, experiencing, tasting, sensing, feeling into your gut, listening to your body wisdom, experiencing pleasure, and being alert enough to receive feedback from your body about the meal.

You wouldn’t want to drive while sleeping. Same thing with eating. If you’re the kind of person who eats on automatic pilot, multitasks, or does everything but pay attention to the food when you eat, then consider experimenting for several weeks just paying more attention. Notice what happens, and notice what you learn. Waking up is the name of the game when it comes to food, and when it comes to life. I think you know what I mean.

I hope this was helpful.

Warmly,
Emily Rosen

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  • Lindsay

    I found that I tend to drink way too much water with food. It’s almost an anxiety response. If I don’t eat until I’m full I try to fill my body with water, this adds more stress to a puffy stomach. I’m still trying to stop over hydrating, as I constantly feel extreme thirst and then battle salt cravings. I hope it’s just as easy as breathing deeply and retraining my mind to eat until full and no need to over drink water. Fingers crossed…

    • Em Crone

      I have this same issue with water. I do not often hear anyone else say this. Most people don’t drink enough; I drink too much. This is rare, I guess, but I struggle with some issues around it when traveling with others & always having to stop to go to the bathroom (much more than others).

  • Great awareness, Lindsay! It may take some time to get into the new habit, but you are on your way. Warmly, Emily

  • Thanks for sharing your own perspectives, Em! You have a great awareness! — Warmly, Emily

  • Mike Harper

    Probiotics help me with this. They ease my digestive tract and strengthen my digestive system. Often I take probiotic supplements. Sometimes, I also go for the natural fermented foods like yogurt and kimchi.

    • I’m so glad you found a way to reinforce your digestive system through supplements and food, Mike. Thanks for sharing!
      Warmly,
      Emily

About The Author
Emily Rosen
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Emily Rosen is the Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and public relations in addition to her role as Senior Teacher. With an extensive and varied background in nutritional science, counseling, natural foods, the culinary arts, conscious sex education, mind body practices, business management and marketing, Emily brings a unique skill-set to her role at the Institute. She has also been a long-term director and administrator for Weight Loss Camps and Programs serving teens and adults and has held the position of Executive Chef at various retreat centers. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to teach, counsel, manage, and be at the forefront of the new wave of professionals who are changing the way we understand the science and psychology of eating and sexuality. Emily is also co -founder of the Institute for Conscious Sexuality and Relationship.