Sometimes I read things and feel like I need to immediately tell someone about it or I will spontaneously implode. This post is just that, mainly because my husband is at work and Dutch is in Ft Worth. So I’m here “talking it out”. I am imagining a virtual conversation with you on the other side of the computer screen.
I’m pretty sure you know where I stand on supplementations. If not, I really dislike them. It is hard enough to get people to eat real food. The idea that a pill or powder can replace whole food is in my opinion just an example of an apathetic “quick fix” attitude and it’s ridiculous and it makes me want to drop kick something.
I hope you enjoy. Sorry for my soap box. I just like standing on it every once in a while.
The ENS is a part of the Sympathetic Nervous System (remember your fight or flight response), which is also apart of your Autonomic Nervous System (unconscious actions: breathing, heat beats…). This article is touching on the subject of how people can exercise till the sun comes up, but still not lose wt, gain muscle, or have great performance measures. There are a lot of things that play into an imbalance in your Autonomic Nervous System. Food is huge.
“The greatest majority of the ENS neuron population resides within the small intestine as the myenteric plexus and submucosal plexus. This region of the body has intimate contact with all consumed foods, liquids and any of the toxins, chemicals or parasitic organisms that may enter during consumption. It is for this reason the ENS not only communicates to all major control centers, but may produce very powerful influences over mind, mood, circulation, energy levels, capacity for exercise and response to exercise. The enteric nervous system’s role in regulating our overall physiology, and even psychology, should make it clear to you that what you put in your mouth may be even more important than how you choose to exercise. After all, most people only exercise 3-7 hours a week (if that!), yet they generally eat three meals a day. When you consider that each meal influences your physiology for between 55-72 hours under normal conditions and you’re doing this at least three times a day, eating has a much greater capacity to alter your physical, mental and emotional capacity than exercise done only a few times per week! The days of personal trainers feeding their clients packaged and processed impersonations of food will have to come to an end if we are to help people in the new Millennium.” ~p. chek
Moral of this article: eat well and you will look good, feel good and perform good.