Digestion starts in the.....


Brain. Huh? Usually we hear digestion starts in the mouth with the stimulation of enzymes in the mouth and it preps the rest of the digestive system to get ready for something delicious. 

But what is in charge of this whole process? The autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system has two branches: the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. 

Sympathetic is often referred to as your fight or flight system. And the Parasympathetic as your feed and breed system. Guess which one you want activated when you eat?

If your parasympathetic is activated 

saliva production is increased

gastric juices are secreted and motility increased

digestion is increased 

If the sympathetic nervous system is stimulated

saliva production is decreased 

peristalsis reduced (that's what moves your "contents" along through the digestive system 

the kidneys produce norepinephrine & epinephrine 

heart rate & blood pressure increases


What system gets your vote? My is for the parasympathetic system.  What does this mean for you & I?

Choose to eat your meals in a relaxed state. I'm sure we all are guilty of eating on the go, sitting in front of the TV. #guilty

  1. Before eating take 3 deep breathes 5 seconds on the way in and 5 seconds on the way out. 
  2.  sit down with loved ones for a meal
  3. Clear out toxic emotions that may be keeping your Body in an Sympathetic dominant state. Schedule an emotional release session and see the change that can bring about for your mental & physical health.
  4. Use Lavender on your temples before dinner or lunch if you are in a stressed out state. Lavender stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system
  5. Get checked for a Nervine herbal at your next session. Nervines are a type of herbal combination that nourish the nervous system and enable you to handle stress in a more balanced way. 

What helps you get in the right frame of mind before a meal? What changes are you going to implement?