How often do people sit at their work desks having a bite to eat juggling between typing and answering phone calls? Is this you?
Did you know this is not only harmful to your stress levels but also to your body?
Let me explain…
In our body we have two systems called the sympathetic and parasympathetic. The sympathetic is also known as the fight or flight response where all of our energy is focused on the brain, heart, lung and senses with the digestive system goes into sleep mode. The parasympathetic engages our digestive system and is most active during rest periods and night time, during this time our fight or flight senses are slowed.
When we rush through lunch, our bodies are in the fight or flight mode meaning our digestive system has been slowed down dramatically which causes our lunchtime rich nutrient meal to be minimally absorbed resulting in long term malabsorption.
Malabsorption can cause a range of digestive problems such as gas, bloating, diarrhoea, IBS, leaky gut syndrome, calcium deficiency, increased risk of bone fractures, muscle cramps, infections, tissue inflammation, headaches, damage to the intestines, Crohn’s disease any of which may lead to serious long-term health problems.
When people think of malabsorption, typically they think of third world countries however many Australians are not getting the adequate nutrient value in their daily meals. A rushed lunch is one factor, there are others such as chronic health problems, medication, alcoholism and coeliac disease.
Take time out for lunch even if it is only 1/2 hour to sit quietly and enjoy natures goodness. During the winter months, 15 minutes sitting in the morning sun will help provide you with vitamin D that works with calcium absorption to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. You will reap the benefits in your body and your mind will be clearer to focus on the afternoon tasks.
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