Rest and Digest

Have you heard of the term rest and digest?

Rest and digest is also referred to as feed and breed.

Rest and digest is the opposite of fight or flight. I think it is a reflection of our culture that most people are aware of the fight or flight response, and not the rest and digest response.

These two terms refer to the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. These two systems are two of three systems that belong to the autonomic nervous system.

The sympathetic nervous system is what gives us the fight or flight response. Very useful when we need to make an escape, or fight back.

The parasympathetic nervous system, is what gives us the rest and digest response; helping with important things like sleeping, sex, digesting foods and healing.

Knowing all of this basic high school science, do you see the importance of finding ways to relax? If our body only heals when we are using our parasympathetic system, then learning to use our rest and digest response can make a big difference. Eating the right foods to support our healing, foods that are highly nutritious – should motivate us to allow our body the space or rest that it needs to digest, thus allowing those foods to nourish us.