By Dr. James Truong, ND
Are you getting enough nutrients in your system?
Have you ever noticed any cramping or soreness in your muscles when you are working or performing activities you used to be able to do, but now you just need more energy to accomplish? Malnourishment may be one of the reasons for that.
Today’s society is an over stressed one; people are always on the go and little time is dedicated to taking care of our health. How many of you have skipped meals or had a meal on the go or in the car to get to your next destination? By running around all day your body is in a sympathetic mode, aka your “flight or fight” mode. In this mode, your parasympathetic also known as your “resting” mode will be shut off.
The parasympathetic system is a part of the involuntary nervous system that serves to slow your heart rate and digestion for absorption of nutrients to occur. So, now consider, if we require nutrients to repair and operate our body and the nutrients are not absorbing because we are in constantly in “fight or flight” mode your body is pulling from whatever stores that are available from your muscles, fat, organs, etc., to help you survive. However those organs, muscles, fat, etc. will end up degenerating and thus cause the cramping, soreness, fatigue and any other discomforts or health problems you may be feeling.
How can you prevent this? Easy. Don’t skip meals.
Skipping meals means no nutrients are getting into your body, so at least feed yourself. Another simple thing that can be done is sit down and have your meals.
When you are relaxed your body will automatically go into parasympathetic mode and your digestion can operate properly. This also means giving your body time to digest, so do not rush out the door once you complete your meal. Enjoy a full meal. Your body is quite complex and requires a variety of different types of foods, so have a balanced meal of vegetables, starches and protein.
These are only a few things that can be done, but if you have questions, please talk to your health care practitioner about it.
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