Without a strong digestive system, no matter what you eat, you won’t get the maximum benefit from your food. What does this mean? You may have trouble extracting and processing even the physical nutrients needed for healing and supporting your body. So if you want to maximize the healing potential of food, and be truly healthy, your digestive organs must be in a state of balance and function together harmoniously.

Many organs themselves also depend on good digestion to run properly – if they don’t get enough Qi from the food you digest, due to your weak digestive system, then one or more organs can also become weak or out of balance and impair the functioning of your entire digestive system.

How do we fall out of balance and harmony to begin with? You may be surprised to learn that it’s not just about the food! While it is true that years and years of bad eating habits like eating pints of ice cream or bags of potato chips every night will affect your digestive system functioning, what can be even more damaging to your digestion is years and years of negative “thinking” habits!

Many people have heard the expression, “You are what you eat.” This statement about food is true, yet there is another level operating that many people are unaware of: “You are what you think.” Sometimes we feed ourselves a steady diet of negative thoughts and emotions which we then associate with our body, our mind or spirit. It’s important to know that our thoughts feed our spirit; our emotions impact our body and health.

So to support your digestive systems and allow your body its maximum chance to process food normally, absorbing what it needs and letting go of what it doesn’t (including excess emotions and weight!), try”feeding” yourself consistently with positive thoughts and emotions and let go of the negative ones! Cultivating a lifelong habit of letting go of emotional stress and negative visualization can go a long way towards creating digestive health.

To read more about creating balance in your body and your emotions and your digestive health, visit our website at www.tcmworld.org/dragonsway

Food, Mind, Body, Spirit
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