Digestion: A Mind-Body-Energy Approach  [Functional Forum]

Digestion: A Mind-Body-Energy Approach [Functional Forum]

January 8, 2020 1 By Ewald Bahringer

Hello. Can you all hear me? Can you see me?
I’m standing up. Good. Thanks for being here. Thank you to the Functional
Forum team. Thanks for James Maskell. This is a great gathering. How many people here are Colorado residents?
Show your hands. How many people came from out of states? Alright,
the brave ones. How many people love good quality Japanese
food? Few. Got to know your allies. Here�s what I want to do. I want to talk
about Digestion from a Mind-Body-Energy Approach. I’m going to be a little bit more soft. We�re
going to try to combine science, psychology, a little bit of practical information when
it comes to digestion. You know, I’m thinking back for a moment to
the Ancient Greek. Apollo was the God of Medicine and Poetry, and I find that kind of interesting
because I’ve always had a hard time separating out science from sort of the metaphoric mind.
And, my mind tends to work that way so when I see digestion, I get excited because there�s
a science to it and we�re going to talk as well about, I guess, it would be called
the psychobiome. How is the content of my mind and emotions
and thoughts and feelings and beliefs and everything that lives inside of me, how is
that impacting how I digest assimilating calorie burn a meal? What I’m going to try to do a little bit of
the impossible, in 50 minutes or less, which is expand how we view digestion. I would love
to advance, as best I can, how we treat digestive concerns and maybe even share a few tips about
what you can do to empower your own digestive experience. So that’s kind of where I’m coming
from. So for me, digestion is sort of beautifully
complex and it has a simple elegance to it. There’s an old Arabian saying that goes, “We
eat ourselves sick and we digest ourselves back to health.” That’s kind of ancient. When
I first heard that I thought, “Ha, kind of makes sense. Kind of ties in to the whole
sense of that so much of immunity lives in the gut.” So the gut is not just about digestion
per se. So yes, it’s taking our food, it’s breaking it down. We take those breakdown
products it creates us. It gives us energy, it becomes our building blocks, but at the
same time digestion in a lot of ways, I like to say, is nutrition. You know, back in the early days of NASA when
we were figuring out how to send guys up into space, one of the first challenges was, “What
are you going to feed these people? What are you going to give them to eat? Because you
can’t cook up in a little space capsule.” So, we had our best nutritional minds in the
1950s; late ’50s, early ’60s come together to figure out “What are we going to feed these
guys?�”And somebody came up with the idea, “Let’s just take all the known nutrients;
macronutrients, micronutrients put it in a powder and mix it with water and feed these
guys.” So wisely, they tested it on the ground first.
And, what happened to the test pilot astronauts where they had rectal bleeding, they had diarrhea,
they had…it didn’t work. And to me, what I took from that, and also we notice this
when you’re getting fed through a feeding tube, there’s a problem when we don’t digest. Digestion literally strengthens us. It’s kind
of like food is the weight. If we’re weight lifters we’re weightlifting food, and as you
digest you become stronger. So there�s this place where we’re taking something that’s
completely foreign in digestion, it’s not you. You’re taking in food and somehow you
have to turn it into you and you have to excrete what isn’t you. And, I just think that’s a
really interesting process that kind of runs a little deep. Looking at digestion from an evolutionary
standpoint, when our dissonant ape-like ancestors are running around the environment, what eventually
happened was we realized that we needed to survive. And we realized that you could be
chased by a lion. And, if you’re getting chased by a lion and you’re going to be somebody’s
meal, what happens is we develop this mechanism – stress response – such that your heart rate
goes up, your blood pressure goes up, blood is shunted away from the mid-section, two
arms and legs for quick fighting or fleeing, blood rushes to your head for quick thinking
in a full-blown stress response, digestion completely shuts down. That to me is interesting. Now, like many things that go on in the body,
the stress response is a graded response. So you could have extreme stress which would
be complete digestive shutdown. And, why is there complete digestive shutdown when you’re
running from the lion or fighting it for your life? Nature knows you have about two to four
minutes to survive. So any good fight out in nature either the lion is going to eat
you, you’re going to run away, you’re going to defeat it, by the way, you’re about 500,000
calorie meal. You are fattening. We have a few minutes to survive and in that time you
don’t need to waste your metabolic energy digesting your Dunkin Donuts. All that metabolic
energy wants to go into survival. Make sense? What’s fascinating is we could be eating the
healthiest food in the known universe and if you’re not digesting it under that optimal
state of digestion and assimilation which happens to be the physiologic relaxation response
then you’re not going to fully metabolize that meal. In fact, you will be excreting
nutrition. A lot of times, we talk about indigestion,
malabsorption but literally what’s often happening is if we’re in any degree of stress response,
we are in some degree of digestive shutdown. Which means micronutrients will be excreted,
even some macronutrients will be excreted through the feces; so urine, sweat. Point being, you could be eating the healthiest
food on the planet, whatever that is whatever you believe that is, but if you’re not under
the optimum state of digestion and assimilation, parasympathetic nervous system dominance,
relaxation response, we’re not getting the full value of that meal. To me that’s kind
of profound because all of a sudden it points back to me. What am I doing? What state am
I in? What’s happening in mind? What’s happening in emotions? Early on in my career, I had a client who
kind of turned my head around. This was, gosh probably about 30 years ago, a man came to
see me. He flew in from Toronto in Canada to Massachusetts, where I was living at the
time. A Chinese medical doctor living in Canada, originally born and raised in China, educated
there in Chinese medicine and he’s coming to see me because he has over 20 years of
just digestive complaints. Every time he eats a meal, he’s in distress and he has at his
disposal, everything in the universe to help him – Chinese medicine, Western healing, nothing
works. So I’m kind of his last resort and like any decent practitioner, one of the first
questions I ask him is “So, what do you eat?” Here’s what he tells me. “Breakfast on my
way to the office, I stop by McDonald’s, I have two egg McMuffins and I eat them in the
car on the way to work.” Great. How about lunch? “Lunch, I get back in the
car, I go back to the same McDonald’s, two Big Macs, eat them in the car on the way back
to the office.” Got it. Dinner. “Dinner, on the way home, stop by
pick up pizza, pick up a Subway kind of sandwich, eat it in front of the TV.” I’m thinking in the back of my mind, “I think
I found your problem.” As I’m thinking that on cue, he says to me, “Oh by the way, I’m
not changing anything I eat, I love my lifestyle, I love what I do, it all works for me.” So, I take a deep breath and I said to him,
“I can help you.” My thought to him was “Listen, what I would love for you to do is when you
drive to McDonald’s in the morning, get your egg McMuffins, I want you to slow down, stop
the car, take five to ten long slow deep breaths, take about 15 – 20 minutes and eat your egg
McMuffins.” “For lunch, I want you to do the same thing, have your Big Macs, slow down,
put your body in to a relaxation response, take about 30 minutes and sit in the car.” He negotiates me down, 10 minutes for breakfast,
15 minutes for lunch and goes back to Canada. And, two or three weeks later, I get a phone
call and he says, “Marc, you’re not going to believe this. After 20 years, my digestive
distress is completely gone,” and he says, “You’re going to believe this, I hate Big
Macs.” And, I say to him, “What do you mean?” He says, “Have you ever tried to savor a Big
Mac and eat it slow?” He said, “You have to drown it in ketchup.” He said, “I can’t stand
it.” So he changes his diet on his own. Not because I told him, “You fool, you’re eating
junk,” I asked him to slow down really. I asked him to get in contact with his body.
I asked him to put his body in the optimum state of digestion and assimilation which
is the relaxation response, which also happens to be the ideal state of natural appetite
regulation and day in, day out calorie burning. When you’re in a stress state, your brain
is not actively able to scan the nutrient profile of a meal. Figure out what you need.
Determine, Am I hungry? Am I full? Did I get the right nutrition? In the stress state,
your brain thinks it’s running from a lion. I think in contemporary nutrition and digestion,
what’s often happening is the world that we live in these days is kind of a high pressure
world. We move fast, we’re focused on nutrition and nutrition for a lot of us means, “I eat
the right foods,” and this is a great thing. This is wonderful. We, to my mind, must turn
our attention to “Who are we when we eat? What is the optimum state under which I am
eating?” To me that’s kind of where the rubber meets the road. 1822, Alexis St. Martin was a Canadian Trapper
and he had wandered into the Great Lakes region in United States. He accidentally, his musket
went off, it blew a hole in his stomach. It just so happen there was a doctor; a medical
doctor with the U.S. Army named William Beaumont for those unintelligible [00:12:15] to study
the history of digestion, you know this guy. If you know, I’m going to tell you briefly
about him. William Beaumont treats Alexis St. Martin
and he has a gastric fistula. So, it’s this wound where literally the contents of his
stomach is completely open, and Dr. Beaumont sews it up, but it never quite healed. Now,
Alexis St. Martin lived to be 83 but the hole in the stomach didn’t close, so what happened
is you could look right in and being a good doctor he thought, “Man, I’m going to experiment.”
So what he would do is he would take these little silk pouches and he would fill them
with food. He put meat, he put in porridge, he put in vegetables, inserted them into this
guy’s stomach and watched what happens. So he was observing. He could literally see the
stomach lining change color as the blood flow is coming in and out. He can watch gastric
juices. He could see different meals breakdown at different rates. He also even noticed that
when Alexis St. Martin was irritated that the food wouldn’t digest as fast. In 1822,
the observation was made that mind was impacting digestion. I find that fascinating. By the way, if you Google, “Beaumont’s stomach”,
it’s not even Alexis St. Martin’s stomach, we give it to the doctor, it’s “Beaumont’s
stomach.” I love doctors but…. So, compare that as well to China and you
look at the origins of Chinese Medicine and the story goes that Chinese Medicine was born
from the Yellow Emperor and it said that the Yellow Emperor had a see-through stomach,
very helpful. And, in his see-through stomach, he would eat food and he would watch what
happened. In the world view of Chinese Medicine, he wasn’t looking at enzymatic content, he
wasn’t looking at acid, he wasn’t looking at proteins, fats and carbs and how they’re
digested. The Yellow Emperor was looking at the forces of Yin and Yang. He was looking
at fire and water, and earth, and metal, and wood and how these things interacted. In so
many ways, it was for the Yellow Emperor, it was an energetic stomach. So, I’m interested for these two stomachs
to sort of have a baby, and for us to start to recognize some of the subtleties of digestion. I read about this many moons ago in Guyton’s
Physiology Textbook when I was 18 years old, The Cephalic Phase Digestive Response. Cephalic means of the head. Cephalic Phase
Digestive Response is a fancy term for taste, pleasure, aroma, satisfaction, visuals of
a meal. Textbook physiology, we’ll be told that when you do a math analysis and you sum
total up all the research, approximately 40% to 60% of our digestive power at any meal
comes from this head phase of digestion; our awareness on the meal; taste, pleasure, aroma,
satisfaction. Do the math. If you don’t have that, you’re breaking that meal down and you’re
metabolizing and assimilating it at 40% to 60% less efficiently. Again to me, that is mind-blowing because
it points to how once again you could be eating the healthiest food in the universe. If we
are not there for the meal, if we are not present to the meal, if we are not receiving
taste and pleasure which seems so frivolous, even when we’re discussing good nutrition,
“What’s right for the body? What’s wrong for the body?” The mind comes into play, emotions
come in to play and oftentimes in a pretty profound way and to me, the Cephalic Phase
Digestive Response points back to us. I think we can no longer put aside who we are and
what we bring to the table. You know, the whole field of mind-body science really moves
us in that direction that what’s going on in our inner world, in our psyche can have
a profound effect on how we digest and assimilate calorie burn a meal. So from that perspective, Digestive Aids begin
to look different. Pleasure. For me, pleasure then becomes a
digestive aid and I mean that quite literally. All organisms on the planet at the most primitive
level of brain function are programmed to seek pleasure and avoid pain. This goes true
for a single cell organism, it’s true for a lizard, a lion, a human, we are programmed
to seek pleasure and avoid pain. What’s interesting is we talk about how parasympathetic
nervous system dominance, same thing as saying relaxation response, it’s how we are hardwired
that’s where we are in full, healthy, digestive, assimilative and day in, day out calorie burning
capacity pleasure catalyzes a relaxation response. Have a rough day at work? Come home, get a
shoulder massage, relax. In that moment that you relax, you are sending signals. Direct
nervous system signals to the spinal nerves, hormonal signals, chemical signals, electrochemical
signals, you’re sending out into the body to relax. You are creating the optimal state
of digestion simply because pleasure catalyze that. The pleasure might be from music, the
pleasure might be wherever you get it. All of a sudden to me, Vitamin P becomes a crucial
part of the meal. Think how many times you put somebody on a
diet. And, it’s a miserable diet and there’s no taste, there’s no fun, it’s hard to stick
to and we miss the human component. A human is going to be in stress if they’re following
a diet that they’re not bought into and yes, sometimes we have to dig a little deeper in
our healing strategies and we have to move beyond our resistance, our anxiety, our fear
but at the same time, there’s places where we have to be able to relax into what we’re
eating. So, not only will pleasure stimulate digestive response but also sensation does
that as well, our awareness once again of “How does the food taste?” If you’re in a stress state right now, there’s
a couple of tricks to move the body into a relaxation state within less than a minute,
one of them is deep breathing because every emotional state has a corresponding brain
wave pattern, breath pattern. The breathing pattern of relaxation tends to be regular
rhythm, it can be deep. The breathing pattern of stress tends to be shallow, a rhythm that
can frequent when you adapt the breathing pattern of relaxation, body relaxes. Digestion
comes in to play, it comes into full force. Sensation Another way to relax the body is simply to
focus on sensation. So if you’re really stressed out right now, and I ask you to just focus
on the color of that window over there and you focus on a sensation the body relaxes.
If you focus on the sounds of the birds outside, your brain will start to relax, the body starts
to relax. So when we focus on sensation, i.e. don’t multi-task, don’t watch TV, be on the
computer, have a conversation and eat at the same time. It’s kind of what I’m saying. Slow It just so happens that the act of eating
fast is a stressor for the body. Dietitians told us what like 30 years ago that it takes
the body approximately 20 minutes to realize it’s full. That’s about time the body needs
time, digestion is so complex that the body want some spaciousness. It wants time for
meal because in that time it can scan the meal, determine the nutritional profile, see
if you need to eat more, “Am I full? Do I need more? What’s happening?” So when you’re eating a meal quickly, the
body will go into a stress response. Appetite will be deregulated, and then it is easier
to overeat which can lead to digestive distress and we think we have a willpower issue. “Oh
my God, I can’t control my appetite.” How many times have people ever said that, “I
have a willpower issue, I can’t control my appetite.” Anybody in here? Just me. Okay.
Got it. Two people. What’s happening is that you don’t have a
willpower issue. And, a lot of people who are struggling with weight loss oftentimes
you’re going to have digestive patients who at the same time have a complex of issues.
It could be weight, whatever it is, and they don’t have a willpower issue. They have an
issue around being present. They have an issue around dropping in and being with what they’re
doing, in this case the act of eating. Vitamin T – Time As well, a digestive aid becomes Vitamin T
(Time). People who know me think when I say Vitamin T, I mean Tequila. I don’t know why
they say that, but it’s Time. Time is really a great equalizer when it comes to allowing
body, brain being to kind of synergize and figure out what’s going on with the meal. You know a lot of times, imagine a patient
client comes to you and they have a digestive problem. It’s interesting how we frame digestion
as it has a problem and oftentimes there are problems. Another way to look at it, what I hear inside
my head, when I hear somebody talking about what’s going on in their digestion, digestion
is giving us feedback. A lot of times, for people there’s actually nothing wrong with
digestion. So if you’re eating foods that you’re allergic to, in a way there’s nothing
wrong necessarily with your digestion. Your digestion is giving you feedback about what’s
happening. We don’t always look at digestion in that way as this brilliant feedback mechanism.
The average person immediately goes to “What’s wrong with me?” Really when digestion is screaming, oftentimes
it’s what’s right. It’s giving us information. It could be about the foods we eat, it could
be about the state under which we’re eating it, it could be about other organic causes
that are going on in the body, but it’s digestion giving us feedback. Enteric Nervous System, brain in the belly,
second brain, you’ve heard of it. There are as many neurons in the digestive system, nervous
system as there are nerves in your spinal cord, approximately a hundred million. So
that’s a lot of brain power, right and that’s why we say oftentimes you’ll say, “Wow, you
know I had a gut feeling about that guy.” We don’t say, “I had an elbow feeling or kidney
feeling, it’s a gut feeling” because indeed there’s a tremendous amount of intelligence
that’s happening in the gut. You know there’s a lot of controversy around
this. I remember hearing as a young man it’s like “Oh, you only use like a few percent
of your brain or 10% of your brain and now that’s being disproved. Oh, no, you use all
your…” Come on, we don’t use all the brain. I think the same thing with the gut brain.
I don’t think we use all of it for feedback and it’s interesting because just as you can
improve brain. Power, memory, cognition, etcetera, with more blood flow, which is really more
oxygenation. The same way we can improve digestive capacity with breathing, with oxygen. Junior high school biology: food + oxygen
=calorie burn. You must have oxygen to metabolize a meal. A lot of people are shallow breathers,
a lot of people are in stress, they’re in fear, they’re in anxiety and in those states
we are shallow breathers. We are taking in less oxygen so it is predictable, oftentimes,
that there will be some form of digestive distress or upset. You know, one of the great successes that
I see practitioners have when it comes to working with digestion, working with the stress
response, gastroesophageal reflux, what’s fascinating is that it’s so connected to stress,
fear and anxiety. And, oftentimes when you take a person whose complaining of GERD, I’m
going to guesstimate that 95% of the time if you ask them, “Are you a fast eater? A
moderate eater? Or, a slow eater?” They’ll tell you, “fast.” Active eating fast is a
stressor for the body, will put you in sympathetic nervous system dominance, not the ideal state
of digestion and assimilation. Help that person relax. Help that person slow down. Help them
learn a few breathing techniques or a meditative technique or an autogenic technique and you
can change their GERD in a couple of meals. To me it’s fantastic. So, I’m just saying to everything that was
shared on this stage and, and there’s this other place that we have to look at where
mind is impacting body. You know Dr. Jill said, “Wow, I could spend
two hours on the mind-gut connection.” I think it’s true we can probably spend a couple of
weeks on that one. I want to say this – mind and gut really track one another. They tend
to track one another. A constipated person, how would you describe
their personality, right? Automatically you know. A person who has constant digestive upset,
they’re going to have trouble focusing, they’re going to have trouble thinking. If you put me in a room and you started describing
somebody’s digestion to me, I can probably describe their personality and vice versa.
The two tend to track one another in a very profound way. And, where my mind goes with
that, and look at how in language, we use similar words for digestion as we do for mentation.
Let me chew on that. Let me ruminate over that. Digestion and how we think, in a strange way,
are very similar processes. Can you stomach your own life? I can’t stomach that person. We’re often describing our world in terms
of how the digestive system works, and what I would like to suggest is there may very
well be a metaphoric connection in there. And, what I mean by that is what I’ve noticed
is that on one level, we’re all learning to metabolize our journey, to metabolize your
life. There’s a lot that goes on in a human life that you have to digest, assimilate,
excrete what doesn’t work and absorb what does. That kind of describes human life. From that place, we can start to look at something
like post-traumatic stress. Post-traumatic stress, a real simple way to
describe post-traumatic stress is that it’s an intense stress or that we experience that
never metabolize. The stress still is in the system. We didn’t drop into relaxation response.
You watch an animal and nature, and I’ve seen this in Africa, where you get a bunch of springbok
and they’re being chased by a hyena. And, the hyena grabs one of them and all of a sudden
all the other ones relax. Your springbok, which is like a deer, it’s
gets eaten by a hyena and all his family and friends, they’re just now sitting around munching
on grass because they know, “I ain’t going to be eaten.” So they go from stress response
to relaxation response really quickly. They don’t carry any trauma around that, they’re
not going to need psychotherapy because, “My brother got eaten by that guy.” They’re pretty
good. Humans are a little different, we tend to
hang on to the stuff and we call it post-traumatic stress in its extreme. And, we know from the
research, this is so common, that people who have suffered from physical abuse, emotional
abuse, sexual abuse what will often show up is digestive complaints. This especially occurs
for women who have been sexually abused from a young age. I see this a lot in military
clients and patients. I had one military guy, he was the equivalent
in England of like a Navy Seal, like a Green Beret, he was like a Special Ops guy, and
he came to see me because he was chronically nauseous. He would never vomit, but he was
chronically nauseous. Before he ate, during he ate, during when he ate, anytime he’s nauseous
and especially when he had a meal. He’s had unbelievable medical intervention. Nothing’s
working, so now they’re sending him to the shrink guy and the first thing I want to know
is okay, “Talk to me, like what happened, you’re special ops, tell me some story.” I
can’t. Not allowed to and I can’t tell you the story even if I was allowed to. I wouldn’t
tell you. In that moment, I just took a deep breath and I thought, Wow, he was serious.
I really asked him, I said, “Listen, let me just be straight up with you. In my experience,
what you’re experiencing chronic nausea, to me this is post-traumatic stress. You’re probably
seeing some nasty stuff, you might have done some nasty stuff, it’s okay with me, you’re
welcome to share it but I think this is connected to your nausea.” He didn’t like my statement,
wasn’t interested, kind of thought it was airy-fairy, that was our only session. Now
he was recommended to me by his closest friend, who was client of mine. Couple of months later,
I’m seeing his close friend, a client of mine and the close friend says to me, “Thank you
so much for the great work you do with my friend.” I said, “He walked out at the end
of the session. It was”t such great work.” He said, “No, well, my buddy like never talks
to me and he started talking. And, I just sort of been coaching him and he’s been sharing
with me his experience of you know what happened and some of what he couldn’t handle. He needed
to talk to someone, literally needed to get it out. His nausea is gone.” So for me, that’s
a wow. So, yes, there’s the level where we have to
look at all the organic conditions when it comes to digestion and there’s this other
interesting place where mind impacts body. Give me a few minutes. I want to talk about
this thing that I call Toxic Nutritional Beliefs. Normally, when we’re thinking about stress,
it’s easy to think of “My kids, my parents, work, money,” whatever it is that stresses
us. We don’t always think as well that stress can be generated by the thoughts that I am
thinking, by the beliefs that I am holding. Many humans, when it comes to food and body
and health, have these interesting beliefs. I’ll share with you a common toxic nutritional
belief, such beliefs to my mind, can be as toxic to the human body as a toxic food. So an example of a toxic nutritional belief
is “Food is enemy.” Does anybody ever have that one before? Just
show your hands. Food is the enemy. Why would food be the enemy? Well, food makes me fat
and if I eat this food and it makes me fat then I’m not loveable, no one’s going to like
me, I’m going to be shamed and that would be the worst thing in the world. So there’s
a lot of people walking around; your clients, your patients, your friends, your loved ones,
who literally believe food is the enemy. Young people absorb this one. Of course, they like
food on some level but it’s the enemy. And, if you’re telling your brain that there is
an enemy, as it goes, the brain does not distinguish between a real or imagined threat. Scientific definition of stress – any real
or imagined threat and the body’s response to that threat, real or imagined. You could
be thinking about the guy that did you wrong 20 years ago and literally go in to the same
stress response as if that guy was sitting in front of you doing the same wrong. So in our brain, we are generating a physiology
based on a belief. That can now impact how we metabolize a meal. So, I notice over the
years with so many clients especially when it comes to people who are dealing with weight
issues where there’s this whole emotional realm that we have to wrap around, and oftentimes,
their secondary complaint is poor digestion. You can clean up their diet, you can get them
on the healthiest food and they’re still in digestive distress. And, for so many people
until we begin to do the inventory of what’s going on up here, what’s happening in my inner
world that is driving my metabolism, what remains undigested in my life? What remains undigested is often past experiences
that were too difficult to metabolize. It might have been divorce, relationship breakup,
moving to a new country, changing careers, financial loss, you name it. When those stressful
experiences live in the body we’ve known, Hans Selye talked about this in the 1930s,
he said that “The digestive system is exquisitely sensitive to stress.” We know this. It really
is. So part and parcel of the healing process
when it comes to digestion is the mind. Part and parcel of the healing process when it
comes to digestion is heart and soul and emotions and what’s going on. To me, headline news that every medical student
should learn and that should be on every blog, is that all healing happens in a relaxation
response. All healing, maintenance and repair of body tissue happens in a relaxation response
i.e. when you’re sleeping, when you’re in meditative repose, when you’re relaxed. You
come home, you had a bad day at work, you feel like you’re about to get sick, you don’t
say, Gee, I’m about to get sick, I’m going to go run around like a crazy maniac. You
go, No, I’m going to lie down on the couch. We instinctively know that healing happens
in a relaxation response. So to my mind, you can be doing the best strategies in the universe
when it comes to healing a faulty digestion. When it comes to repleting a gut microbiome
that’s been depleted and if we have not put ourselves in that optimum state of digestion
assimilation and in the optimum state of healing, the, we cannot fully get where we are trying
to go. And, we won’t receive the full benefits of all the brilliant supplemental and medical
strategies that we’re doing if we’re running around like crazy. If we aren’t looking at
our lives and saying, Where are the places that I need to lean into more and to relax
into more? What are the difficulties that I need to metabolize? So, mind, heart and soul that help set the
table for how we metabolize a meal, I hope some of this was helpful for you. Thank you so much. Thanks so much for watching and for more great
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