June 11, 2004
| Stress and Anxiety
Improve Digestion and Reduce Stress
Poor or inadequate nutrition can be a major cause
of anxiety, because it puts undo stress on your body. That’s why
eating right for your pH type, is so important.
To improve your digestion, I suggest relaxing for
at least five minutes before eating. Enjoy the aroma, and anticipate
the meal. The first step in digestion occurs before you eat, when
you salivate and produce digestive juices in anticipation of the
meal. When you skip this step, as many stressed-out people do, you’re
setting yourself up for poor digestion.
Digestive enzyme production diminishes with age.
Your intestines also have reduced motility, increasing the time
it takes for a meal to be digested and eliminated. Chew food thoroughly,
to break it into smaller fragments and increase its exposure to
digestive enzymes in your saliva. This also triggers the release
of other digestive juices farther down the intestinal tract.
Consider supplementing with digestive enzymes.
In particular, I recommend bromelain (an enzyme extracted from
pineapples), 500-1,000 mg per day between meals; papain (from papayas),
200-300 mg with or immediately following meals; or pancreatic enzymes
(from animal sources), 300-500 mg four times per day between meals.
If you are overly acidic, avoid acidic enzyme products containing
betaine or glutamic hydrochloride.
Detoxify Your Liver
Your liver governs your body’s ability to metabolize
important chemicals (such as dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine,
and the sex hormones that affect mood and attitude). The hard work
the liver has to do in its role as a detoxifier takes a toll, in
the same way a water filter becomes clogged and sluggish after purifying
several badly contaminated loads. The first sign of liver backlog
often appears as mood changesdepression or anxiety, sleeplessness,
food cravings, irritability, and emotional roller coastering.
Try going on a mild detox diet to lighten
the liver’s workload so it can focus more energy on cleansing and
rejuvenating. The liver literally can re-grow brand new liver tissueas
much as one third of its total mass at a timeif given the
chance. To detox, eat a predominantly vegetarian diet, with emphasis
on raw, organic salads and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.
Soft-textured fish such as salmon, and eggs, are permitted if desired.
Avoid fatty or processed foods, refined white sugar and flour, alcohol,
caffeine, and non essential drugs. Drink chamomile or peppermint
teas, and mineral water. Make your last meal of the day the lightest
so that your liver can spend the night rejuvenating instead of detoxifying
food by-products. The longer you follow this diet, the more refreshed
your liver will become.
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