Are digestive issues a concern of yours? Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine has been shown to help people with a variety of digestive issues.
Digestive issues can take on a variety of symptoms.
Acupuncture can help with the functions of absorption of nutrients and elimination of waste. Absorption issues may manifest as anemia, watery or loose bowel movements, and elimination of waste problems may result in constipation, bloating and gas, poor appetite and excessive weight. Other related health complications can be arthritis, chronic inflammation, kidney stones, gallstones, irritable bowel syndrome, and autoimmune disorders.
With the holidays approaching many people who are already prone to digestive issues may find themselves being even more affected.
Some simple things a person can do which may help them get through the coming holiday meals and parties can include:
- Deliberately pay attention to what is happening both within yourself and in your environment during mealtime. When you eat mindfully, you are in tune with the aroma, taste, and texture of food and you become much more aware of your appetite and get in touch with just how hungry you really are. Additionally you become more sensitive to the feeling of fullness, so you’ll be less likely to overeat. Mindful eating can help bring more enjoyment to mealtime.
- Before you pick up your fork, take a moment to connect with your appetite. How hungry do you feel? What are you truly hungry for? What flavors will nourish you and replenish your energy? Try not to choose foods out of habit. Fill your plate first with the foods that your body is saying it most needs. Then, embellish your plate with smaller amounts of traditional holiday favorites that may be more caloric.
- Take bites, not gulps. Instead of shoveling food into your mouth, take smaller bites and focus on chewing and tasting it. Digestion begins with the act of chewing. Salivary enzymes break down food the moment it enters your mouth. Your taste buds awaken to flavors as you chew. Pause between bites to set your utensils down and breathe.
- Engage all of your senses. The taste of food is just one way to appreciate it. Throughout your meal, notice how food smells and how it looks on the plate. Notice the colors and the textures. Consider the nutrients that the food will provide for you. Appreciate every aspect of eating (and celebrating) the holiday meal.
- If you feel yourself on the verge of overindulgence, make it a conscious choice. Choose your favorite holiday treat and bring a focused awareness to eating it. Almost certainly, you’ll so enjoy and be satisfied by that first piece of pie, you won’t feel the urge for seconds.
If you find you are experiencing digestive issues, consider Acupuncture as a resource to help you get back on the track to feeling better and good health.