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Meditation for Healthful Digestion

Jul 29, 2016 10:47PM
by Bonita Woods
Nutritional counselors and holistic chefs have a unique perspective to help people resolve digestive issues. The causes of gastric distress can vary from IBS to cancer, from gluten issues to emotional trauma—or one of many other possible concerns. It is important to design a unique gut recovery program for each individual. No two are alike, except for one detail—incorporating meditation to patient’s daily agenda.

Clients who meditate recover their gastric well-being with a graciousness that is obvious to them, that is also reflected in data. Digestive distress creates inflammation and blocks the flow of movement in the digestive system. Meditation helps clients to find their personal calm place of center and stimulates energy flow through their whole being.

Of course, it is important to physically heal and sooth the system, but meditation is a significant support for this effort. When stressed, our digestive tract fills with adrenaline, which reduces both oxygen and energy flow. This creates a “fight or flight” survival response that causes inflammation, acid reflux ulcers and creates food sensitivities.

Taking even three minutes before eating to meditate can counter-effect this “bad-gut” behavior. This can also help to determine if the desire for food is based on actual hunger or distressed emotions that are stuck in the gut. Meditating on the sacral chakra with intention of emotional exploration and release can support physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Bonita Woods, NC, DM, is a nutritional counselor and chef. Read her articles on healthful diet, including Is Your Belly a Brewery? and Living Gluten Free at or visit her at Bonita Woods Wellness Institute, 140 Little Falls St., Falls Church, VA.


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