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.

Published by Renée Martel

I am a yoga teacher, and an electrician. I write a yoga blog, and I teach yoga classes online. My other blog is called End Lockdowns. In a democracy we accept that people have different opinions, and we allow those opinions to be voiced. My opinion which is that lockdowns are not scientific, and do not create healthy communities. The medical community at one point knew that informed consent was an important value. Currently the medical community has been split and there is a vocal part of it that thinks there are no issues with coercion and force in medicine. The part of the medical community that believes in mandating medical procedures and segregation is currently promoted through social media and other big tech. We are seeing a huge shift in wealth as a result. Poverty does not make people healthier. I do not think using force and coercion in medicine is a health promoting way to function. In the future, this will fail. It is only a matter of when. "Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other." Yogacarya Sri T Krishnamacharya 

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