The gut is home to 1/3 of your nervous system. The nerves of your gut, your gut instincts, protect your sense of security and self care. Anxiety & fear can disrupt your sense of security. An 'uh-oh' feeling in your gut leaves tension and contraction in its wake. This kind of gut contraction often slips by unnoticed, until you massage your tummy and notice it is tied up in knots.
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Contraction reduces mobility of food through the GI. Anxiety and stress starve digestive organs of blood as your nervous system switches from rest and digest to fight or flight mode. The result is food stagnation and bloating - the cardinal signs of indigestion.
The gut houses several organs, including the stomach, intestines, and womb, whose main purpose is to feed and nurture life. Nurture, kindness and affection infuse your belly with warmth and pleasant satisfaction. They help these organs fulfil their purpose and relax your belly. The warmth you feel is proof of restored circulation and blood flow. Relaxation and free flowing circulation, through affection and nurture, enhance digestive strength.
That makes affection a digestive. Remember that giving affection is just as powerful a digestive as receiving it. Any time you offer charitable feelings towards your loved ones, neighbors, and community, you'll be helping your digestion.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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Since learning how to and applying love and respect for myself AND others (all others), I find this is absolutely and undoubtedly TRUE. Self-love and self-respect definitely must include taking time and attention to care for oneself (mind, body, and soul) through proper diet and dietary principles (which Ayurveda gives).