If you don’t know by now, I am a college student and my major is nutrition and dietetics. I have recently been studying A LOT about the body and its functions. Why I am no doctor or specialist (yet) I wanted to share with you all some of I have learned and how it may be pertaining to an uneasiness you may feel.
For instance, having tummy troubles after you eat? Of course this could be numerous things but have you stopped to think about rest?
Let me break it down like this:
Our nervous system contains a visceral motor division composed of: a sympathetic and parasympathetic division.
The sympathetic division arouses the body and accelerates the heart rate/resting rate. While doing this, it also inhibits (slows down) the digestive tract. Exercise and even stress or anxiety kick starts up the sympathetic division.
On the other hand, parasympathetic is just the opposite. It calms the body, slows heart rate, but STIMULATES digestion. This is what happens when we sleep or are sedentary.
Many people struggling with an eating disorder or over exercise in general have trouble giving themselves rest, especially after a “challenging” meal. This may lead to behaviors that are meant to burn off whatever made that person feel anxious.
I cannot emphasize enough how very important it is to take some time every day and RELAX. If I didn’t have classes after lunch, you bet I would be taking a nap.
Napping after a meal allows your body to digest food properly without feeling like you have a big ole knot in your stomach. That’s no fun at all.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t move after you eat but what I have studied and have experienced myself is that you do not digest food as well while you are running or doing high intense workouts. 3/4 of your blood is being pumped into your muscles for endurance and circulation, leaving only 1/4 for your other organs such as the digestive tract.
Ever notice you feel hungrier on days you don’t workout? As I’ve said before, rest is a GOOD thing and should not be avoided. So don’t be afraid to be a little chill some days and take a nap!
Be like this guy….
Anyone experience tummy troubles when they are stressed or after working out?
Do you like taking naps?