Digestion is one the most important processes in your body. Digestion facilitates nutrients from the food you eat to become available to all of your cells. All food is foreign to your bodies cells and can only be used when it’s reduced down to it’s individual constituents. The digestive system performs this transformation only as well as it’s operating and responding to a specific sequence of physiological steps beginning in the mouth and ending at the anus. These steps could be thought of as dominoes, where the previous one acts upon the next and so on. If one step is missed, the process is broken. The chain of events begins with food preparation and is controlled by the parasympathetic (“rest and digest”) nervous system. Chewing stimulates saliva and stomach acid production. Saliva begins breaking down carbohydrates and the stomach prepares for the bolus of food to show up. (A reason chewing gum is not good for digestion.) Stomach acid stimulates pancreatic enzymes and stomach distension triggers the colon to contract to make room for more food.
Modern society sends constant stimulus to the sympathetic (fight and flight) nervous system and signals the stomach to stop producing stomach acids. Any step (domino) of the system that is not honored will eventually result in indigestion, malabsorption, intestinal permeability and other digestive difficulties.
So slow down, relax, cook your own nutrient dense food and chew slowly. Enjoy the flavors, breath deep and chew some more. Eating on the run, rushed, stressed or not chewing your food all lead to poor digestion.
WOD: Power Clean & Jerk build to max then,
Alternating with a partner, complete for time:
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps of,
Hang Power Clean