The food on the track goes, down down down...

 

"If there has been one direction in the healthcare field that has been detrimental to our health, it is the treatment of the body in isolation or treating a body part or system as a single entity with no connection to the rest of the body."
Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

 
Who has two eyes, a nose and a mouth?
You do!

What do all three body parts help process with their senses?
Digestion!
 
Digestion, some of us do it well others not so much. Whether you are nailing your digestion like Simone Biles's Olympic gold medal floor routine (I give you permission to pause and click the link to watch, promise you'll be wowed!) or you're still in training this self-help will ensure things run smoothly.

The digestion process starts the moment we lay eyes on something tasty. Our eyes see the food and begin sending messages to our brain, this is called the "cephalic phase". Then, the scents that enter our nose kickstart the salivary glands, prepping our mouth to produce enzymes that will break down the food as we chew.

Most of us inhale our food whenever we sit down to eat; myself being included. Lucky for us there is always room for improvement. 

* Note: Take your time to properly chew your food. Between the enzymes in your saliva and the ability to chew, this is where your digestion truly takes place. Chewing has a huge impact on how well we process the food we eat. The stomach is secondary, so try not to over burden it with un-chewed food. 


Ok, enough with the serious talk...let's have some fun digesting!

 

Here is a combo self-help deal for you; use it separately or together. 
 

Option #1 - Holding the inside of your knees. This is where SEL#1 lives which is known as the PRIME MOVER. SEL #1 is an expert at facilitating movement! It allows the energy to move down (descend) away from your head, keeping your circulation in rhythm. Here are a few things it helps:

  • Constipation (hold LEFT knee), Diarrhea (hold RIGHT knee) - remember the saying...righty tighty, lefty loosey
  • Nausea 
  • Headaches
  • Bloating 

Option #2 - Clockwise Belly Rub. Rubbing your belly after a meal not only helps to gently massage your organs, it connects to SEL #14 which represents EQUILIBRIUM & SUSTENANCE. #14 (located at the center base of the ribs) helps us to digest the physical food, it is also an area where we process and digest our emotions and thoughts. If you're feeling congested in your waistline take a moment to notice how you feel, acknowledging the sensations that arise. 

Instructions // Option #1:    -Find a comfortable place to sit, stand or lay down  -Place RIGHT hand on inside of LEFT knee  -Then, place LEFT hand on inside of RIGHT knee  -Hold for at least 10 even breaths or as long as needed

Instructions // Option #1:

-Find a comfortable place to sit, stand or lay down

-Place RIGHT hand on inside of LEFT knee

-Then, place LEFT hand on inside of RIGHT knee

-Hold for at least 10 even breaths or as long as needed

 
Instructions // Option #2:    -Find a comfortable place to sit, stand or lay down  -Place RIGHT hand on bellybutton.   -Start to move hand in circular clockwise motions, starting from the bellybutton and spiraling out to the perimeter of your belly.  -Do this 21 times (one rotation is from bellybutton to perimeter)

Instructions // Option #2:

-Find a comfortable place to sit, stand or lay down

-Place RIGHT hand on bellybutton. 

-Start to move hand in circular clockwise motions, starting from the bellybutton and spiraling out to the perimeter of your belly.

-Do this 21 times (one rotation is from bellybutton to perimeter)

Whether you use these in conjunction with one another or on their own, your digestion is in good hands. It will be peacefully flowing in no time!

Remember, nothing gets achieved without some conscious action behind it. That being said, I hope you continue to use and share these self-help methonds; realizing the power of your own touch. 

Have a lovely weekend!

 
Cobi KonaduComment