Digestion

Stress Management Through Self Empowerment

Stress comes in two forms. Eu-stress is the happy kind that creates energy and focus.  Dis-stress is the not-so-happy kind that comes from feeling out of control, that life has control of you. A vital key to managing distress is to change your thinking, even if you cannot change the environment that is causing your…Read the Rest »

Re-starting Your Metabolism After a Water Fast

One week post-fast, I’m back in the gym and I’m noticing how the fast affected my strength and endurance. I’m in the process of base-building again, both cardiovascular and muscular strength. A water fast of longer than 5 days has dramatic effects on metabolism.  In that time tissue and liver stores of glycogen have been…Read the Rest »

Food After Water Fasting

Water fasting is about re-calibrating all the body systems. After fasting the taste buds are re-tuned and hyper sensitive and the sense of smell is acute. The digestive system is inactive and the elimination systems as well. Metabolism is slowed . The first food I put in my mouth after a 10 day water fast…Read the Rest »

Am I Losing Muscle During a Water Fast?

I am on Day 8 of a water fast. My body weight is 105 pounds, about 11 pounds less than when I started. Weight loss during a water fast comes from water, carbohydrate, fat and lean tissue like muscle.  I want to know how much muscle loss happens and, ultimately, the best way to preserve…Read the Rest »

What happens during a water fast?

I am on something like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in the Reverse Universe for a few weeks and doing a supervised water fast. It is as much about resting from physical activity and normal daily stressors as it is about food. I learned about the science of water fasting from Dr. Rick Dina who teaches…Read the Rest »

Your Stomach – The Inner Disco of Digestion

Last week in my blog Good Digestion Trumps Good Nutrition I talked about the effects of stress on digestion and how important it is to slow down and chew food before you swallow it. When food goes into the stomach an amazing sequence of events continues the digestive process. I was fascinated when I learned…Read the Rest »

Good Digestion Trumps Good Nutrition

My Restore Your Health post on August 17th ended with the comment “Stress shuts down your digestion”. It bothers me when STRESS becomes the catch all for our physical and emotional illnesses.  Nonetheless, the way our body manages stress is primal and does affect digestion. If you cannot digest what you eat you are starving…Read the Rest »

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