Indigestion, what is it? How is it produced? And why it is so important to have a good diet and a strong and healthy mind.
Did you know that it says that the gut is our second brain? Yes, it is! This is because the intestine has more neurons than the spinal cord and acts independently of the central nervous system.
The intestine is directed by the enteric nervous system, which is a "branch" of the autonomic nervous system, in charge of controlling the digestive system.
The enteric nervous system spans the tissue that lines the digestive system, stomach, and intestine. Which has its own neural circuits.
Although it functions independently of the central nervous system, it communicates with it through the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems.
So, now that we know that our intestine is our second brain ...
Did you realize that many times in situations of stress, anguish, or anger when you ate something, and feel sick? Do you feel heaviness? Or even worse, you had indigestion? BINGO! It is all related, for this reason, it is important to seek the balance of the BODY and the MIND. "Strong mind-healthy body"
Indigestion is quite common today. Partly, it was already explained above. In our times, stress has increased, which produces emotions such as anguish, fear, anger, or other negative emotion. For that reason, I consider extremely important the daily practice of meditation which is a balm for our mind. Helping us "to slow down" and to transmute negative emotions. Those "negative emotions" that we accumulate day by day, week by week, month by month and year by year.
Talking about our body, we should understand, for example, that “fast food”, which includes processed, deep-fried food with artificial colours, get you out of trouble in many situations, but is one of the worst things we can do for ourselves. Remember, you are what you eat!
As well is important consider not to abuse of spicy food, high fibre foods, alcohol, tobacco, and the use of certain drugs such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, painkillers, and aspirin.
All of this leads to a slow or fast but sure disease process. An accumulation of "seasonings" forming a bomb inside us. Indigestion could be a warning, which later could end up in serious diseases such as gallstones, gastritis, inflammation of the pancreas, ulcers (intestinal and / or gastric).
To prevent this, I invite you to be aware and take care of your "temple" accordingly.
For those who suffer indigestion, I recommend a good and healthy diet:
Food with flares and roughage in daily diet. Plenty of raw vegetables, fruit whole-wheat chapatis, etc.
Fennel, cinnamon, ginger, and curcumin infusions can help for ingestion.
Yoga practice can be immensely helpful. I will recommend different types of Asanas and pranayama.
Asanas: Uddiyana, Bhujangasana, Salabhasana (the posture), Salabhasana (the locust posture), Dhanurasana, Trikonasana, Pachimottasana(stretching the back and legs), Sarvangasana, Savasana.
Pranayama: Bhastrika(bellows), Nadi-sodhana (Alternate breathing).
By Luchi Benavides.