Digest « Creative Lifeflow

Digest

Almost always, digestion is thought of as food entering the mouth, being chewed by teeth, with chemical processing beginning with chemicals in the saliva from the salivary glands. Then it travels down the esophagus into the stomach, where hydrochloric acid kills most contaminating microorganisms and begins mechanical break down of some food (e.g., denaturation of protein), and chemical alteration of some. The hydrochloric acid also has a low pH, which is great for enzymes. After some time (typically an hour or two in humans, 4–6 hours in dogs, somewhat shorter duration in house cats, …), the results go through the small intestine, through the large intestine, and are excreted during defecation.

The description above explains physical digestion where each millimeter of your digestive track is designed to absorb and extract certain nutrients from food, extracting all that serves your body (assuming that your body has enough enzymes).  Now keep in mind we are either feeding our bodies foods that aid in healing and restoring the body, or foods that challenge the body causing inflammation among other chronic issues.  This is why it is important to eat a healthy diet free from processed foods, herbicides, pesticides, hormones, unfermented soy, etc.  It is also important to prepare meals with Love and to not eat on the Fast or Unconsciously!

Now, just as we digest physically, we also digest emotionally, spiritually and mentally.  We chew situations and encounters in our lives by what we see, hear, touch, and smell.  When we enter into an encounter or situation in our life we absorb and extract all that serves ourselves, just as with physical digestion, and ideally we then let go!  But it’s safe to say that some of us are carrying around a little bit of undigested sensations emotionally, spirituality and mentally, just as we physically carry around undigested food.  This could be because we are not really taught in life how to deal properly with these aspects of ourselves.  When conflict arises in our lives, and it will, we are not equipped in ways that allow us to meet adversity in healthy ways, rather we are very much equipped to dodge, close off, and cushion the reality of pain and affliction.  And, when we do this we do a dis-service to ourselves and those we love.

“Pain experienced without healthy tools to process and understand it can pull us away from our real selves, as well as from others and from life itself. Whether we withdraw passively or aggressively, the latter through hostile behaviors and attitudes, we depart from a spiritual sense of life. The further we are from our spiritual source, the more fear we experience and the more we settle for empty substitutes of who we truly are and what our lives can be.”   ~ “Grace Lost and Found” by Mary Cook, Barnes & Noble Bookstores, Amazon.com, etc.

Dr Mercola says that “85% of most disease has an emotional element.”

What is good emotional health?

People with good emotional health are aware of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. They have learned healthy ways to cope with the stress and problems that are a normal part of life. They feel good about themselves and have healthy relationships.

However, many things that happen in your life can disrupt your emotional health and lead to strong feelings of sadness, stress or anxiety.

“Good” changes can be just as stressful as “bad” changes.

How can my emotions affect my health?

Your body responds to the way you think, feel and act. This is often called the “mind/body connection.” When you are stressed, anxious or upset, your body tries to tell you that something isn’t right. For example, high blood pressure or a stomach ulcer might develop after a particularly stressful event, such as the death of a loved one.
Poor emotional health can weaken your body’s immune system, making you more likely to get colds and other infections during emotionally difficult times. Also, when you are feeling stressed, anxious or upset, you may not take care of your health as well as you should. You may not feel like exercising, eating nutritious foods.   Abuse of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs may also be a sign of poor emotional health.
Express your feelings in appropriate ways. If feelings of stress, sadness or anxiety are causing physical problems, keeping these feelings inside can make you feel worse. It’s OK to let your loved ones know when something is bothering you. However, keep in mind that your family and friends may not be able to help you deal with your feelings appropriately. At these times, ask someone outside the situation–such as your family doctor, a counselor or a religious advisor–for advice and support to help you improve your emotional health

Live a balanced life. Try not to obsess about the problems at work, school or home that lead to negative feelings. This doesn’t mean you have to pretend to be happy when you feel stressed, anxious or upset. It’s important to deal with these negative feelings, but try to focus on the positive things in your life too. You may want to use a journal to keep track of things that make you feel happy or peaceful. Some research has shown that having a positive outlook can improve your quality of life and give your health a boost. You may also need to find ways to let go of some things in your life that make you feel stressed and overwhelmed. Make time for things you enjoy.

Develop resilience. People with resilience are able to cope with stress in a healthy way. Resilience can be learned and strengthened with different strategies. These include having social support, keeping a positive view of yourself, accepting change, and keeping things in perspective.

Calm your mind and body. Relaxation methods, such as meditation, are useful ways to bring your emotions into balance. Meditation is a form of guided thought. It can take many forms. For example, you may do it by exercising, stretching or breathing deeply. Ask your family doctor for advice about relaxation methods.

Take care of yourself. To have good emotional health, it’s important to take care of your body by having a regular routine for eating healthy meals, getting enough sleep and exercising to relieve pent-up tension. Avoid overeating and don’t abuse drugs or alcohol. Using drugs or alcohol just causes other problems, such as family and health problems.