2 Unexpected Tips for a Powerful Digestion – with Emily Rosen

Are you interested in a more potent and reliable digestive experience? Have you ever considered how good you might feel if your digestion was all that it could be? In this fascinating video, Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating reveals 2 Unexpected Tips for a Powerful Digestion. The good news is, these tips are not about taking more supplements or changing your diet – they’re all about how changing YOU – the eater – can have a potent impact on metabolic efficiency. These tips are practical, straightforward, and doable. And you’ll learn the simple science that makes it all work.

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Hi, I’m Emily Rosen, Chief Operating Officer for the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.

Today’s topic: 2 Unexpected Tips for a Powerful 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.

Our digestive system works so hard.
It’s such a good friend.
It really loves us.

All you need to do is eat a bunch of food, let it go down your esophagus, and then most people can pretty much sit back and forget about it all as your digestive system magically does the rest. It’s working overtime to take that food, break it down, turn some of it into energy, turn some of it into body building blocks, and turn some of it into various substances that participate in virtually every chemical reaction in the human organism. So the point is, we want our digestive system to be functioning at a high level.

In the interest of evolving the human body and being the best digesters and metabolizers as possible, I’m going to share with you 2 unexpected tips for a powerful digestion. I’m calling these tips unexpected because oftentimes, suggestions to improve digestion center around taking digestive aids and supplements of all different kinds.

This is a useful strategy, but there’s plenty more. The strategies I’m going to suggest work, and they work extremely well. They’re like money in your digestive bank account. But don’t take my word for it; please try them out for yourself and let us know what you think!

Digestive Tip #1 – Invoke the Relaxation Response

The most foundational aspect of the digestive process, the most important condition for full healthy digestive force that must be met in order for the body to metabolize a meal to the fullest extent that it possibly can – is for the digestive system to be programmed, at the time of eating, by the central nervous system, to be in its optimum state of functioning.

What this means is something called parasympathetic nervous system dominance. When the parasympathetic nervous system is more active, we are literally in the physiologic relaxation response and the digestive system is fully empowered.

The central nervous system can essentially be divided into two parts, sympathetic and parasympathetic – these are like the yin and yang of your nervous system. It’s a very simple hard-wiring. Think of it for a moment: when the body is in a stress state, it means that we are threatened, that we are in a survival situation, and that all of our metabolic energy needs to be rerouted into survival activity – which means some form of fight or flight.

During survival situations, evolution has figured out a way to re-route all of our metabolic energy away from the midsection and direct it to arms legs and head for quick fighting, fleeing and instinctive thinking. You don’t need to be digesting your jellybeans when you’re fighting for your life. It’s a total waste of metabolic energy. Conversely, the beauty here is that when we’re nice and relaxed, the parasympathetic nervous system literally switches on full, healthy, and empowered digestive and assimilative function.

So the point is this – if you’re eating under stress, your digestive capacity is weakened. Blood flow to the gut can be four times less, enzymatic output in the gut can be 20,000 fold less, activity across the intestinal villi is decreased, and nutrient excretion is accelerated.

Rest and digest. Relax into your meal. It’s a literal metabolic enhancer. It’s your number one foundational tool for a powerful digestion.

Digestive Tip #2 – Take Time

Closely related to putting ourselves in a relaxation response when it comes to digestive empowerment is to take more time for meals. Simply put, eating too much food in a small amount of time is considered a stressor by the body. Have you ever had the experience where you ate a big meal very quickly and then felt like the food was sitting in your stomach? Well, that’s exactly what the food was doing. It was literally sitting in your stomach. That’s because your body was in a stress state, and digestive activity including the muscular contractions called peristalsis in the stomach came to a halt. Your body was waiting anywhere from approximately 2 minutes to several hours for digestion to kick back into full function.

Some things need time. In fact, lots of things need time. Digestion is one of them. This is not a nice thought. It’s a scientific fact.

Digestion requires slow. It loves spaciousness. Think of the times when you had a nice relaxed meal, you were unhurried, you might’ve been sitting and eating for 30 minutes or an hour or even more, and your belly felt nice and warm and your food felt well digested. That’s what I’m talking about. Vitamin T – Time – is a very powerful digestive aid. You owe it to yourself to include more of this nutrient in your diet.

These are the real digestive aids: Relaxation and time.
And they’re both free of charge.

Try these out and see for yourself if they change your digestive power.

I hope this was helpful.

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This is Emily Rosen, Chief Operating Officer for the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.

Thanks so much for your time and interest.

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  • Em

    LOVE THIS!!! I absolutely LOVE to sit down at a table, read my book or listen to online videos (like this one ;)) and take my good old time eating & fully enjoying a meal. It is so nourishing, in more ways than one! Thank you!!! Love, Em

    • Hi Em,

      So glad you enjoyed the video! Thanks for reaching out.


  • Mary Anne

    Wish I could do this. As a school teacher I have about 15 minutes to eat each day before my little students need me again. Sigh… I will try to do better when I am not at school to
    relax and take time to digest better.
    Thank you Emily

    • Hi Mary Anne,

      Thank you for watching! I hear you. It isn’t realistic for all of us to spend 30 minutes to an hour eating every meal, but even for meals when you only have 15 minutes, try to relax into the meal by taking 6-10 deep belly breaths before the meal with closed eyes. Then at your evening meal or on the weekends, really enjoy and savor your meals and give yourself the gift of relaxation and time around nourishment. No need to get it perfect each time, just return to the practice each day and do the best you can!


  • Andrea

    I really needed to hear this! So, that I can remember to take time and relax during meals, I’m going to think in terms of including “Vitamin T” in every meal!

    • Hi Andrea,

      Thanks for sharing! I’m happy to hear that this was a helpful reminder for you 🙂


  • Sylvia

    You are spot on! However, in this society, and with ever changing rules and regulations, cost of goods skyrocketing, seems it is extremely difficult to slow down for anything, including food. I am in sales and own my company. There is always something to do, something happening. Besides raising a family, being in sales is always being “on”. I can lose business just by not answering my phone…that includes during lunch or dinner. I never have to worry about anyone calling me at breakfast, LOL. but I have a hard time eating so early! I do try to tune out, set time aside on a daily basis to de-stress, started yoga which is awesome, but I would have to guess I can speak on behalf of all those in Sales. How to digest when you are ‘always on’?

    • Hi Sylvia,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts! We can always find a million reasons why we can’t take time for ourselves at mealtimes. Ultimately we have to make a choice to prioritize our health and well being so that we can show up more fully in our lives and careers. To answer your question, “how do you digest when you are always on?” I would say it’s a practice, no different than meditation, that takes coming back to again and again until it feels more natural. And even then, there will be days when slowing down feels impossible. Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes that can replace slowing down and relaxing.


  • Paul

    Hi, …one of the simplest ways of relaxing the Gut that I learned from a P O E Professor
    in one of last years video’s was simply to say Grace (or pray) before meals, this exercise apparently calms the Gut and aids digestion.

About The Author
Emily Rosen

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.