We know more about a myriad of topics that we do about how our own bodies work. Sure, we know some basics, but there is so much we just take for granted and don’t really KNOW, you know?
It’s absolutely amazing to think about how our bodies function because the parts seem to run in the background without us even noticing. Heart beating, lungs expanding, blood flowing, nerves connecting etc.
One of the coolest body systems, to me, is the digestion of food. I think it’s the most interesting system. It nourishes us and gives us energy.
Have you ever seen up-close footage of food digesting? Well, it’s super cool.
Check out this video (5 min.) that shows actual food being digested inside the body. Warning for the squeamish: some ooey, gooey moments in this video, but worth watching to really see what is happening.
I think most people are severely disconnected from what they eat and from what happens to the food in their bodies. We almost forget about what we do to ourselves when we eat. Let’s think about this for a minute.
Imagine, you’re eating a salad with spinach, tomato, onions, black beans and a light dressing, preferably with no oil. You know your body is designed to eat that. You know your body knows what to do with it and that it will pull out all the nutrients, help the body function well and discard the parts it doesn’t need.
You feel good right? You feel light and energized after.
Let’s imagine a different meal. This one is deep fried mozzarella sticks with French fries.
Whoa! I think your body has its work cut out for it.
Even if you don’t think that kind of food is really bad for the body, you instinctively know the first meal is designed for our bodies and the second meal isn’t.
The cheese and fries meal does eventually get digested, but our poor bodies have to work very hard to do so. The high fat content, along with the lack of nutrients, makes it less likely we’ll be nourished or that our bodies will function optimally. Never mind the fact that there are all kinds of negative effects from eating that food (bloating, gas, etc.).
And the reward, after? We feel sluggish, tired and have little energy.
So, if we instinctively know certain foods aren’t good for us, why do we keep assaulting our bodies with them?
Taste, texture, pleasure, addiction, and a food high for some of us. It’s these things, I believe, that create a struggle for me and for many other people. We want to do the right thing, but…
Lately, I’ve really been trying to think of my gorgeous, made-by-nature insides, and how much they will appreciate a good whole foods meal, preferably consisting of mostly plants.
I picture that food going down my esophagus, into my stomach and then, later, moving through my intestines and colon. I think what the colon leaves us is also highly important, in terms of our health, but that’s for another post. 🙂
I want to treat my body with respect and nourish it, so the days I have on this earth are healthy ones. I continue to work towards this goal each day.
Wishing you health and success on your journey,