The above mentioned article recounts a recent scientific study in which mice that were given high amounts of beneficial probiotics appeared less stressed – and actually produced less stress hormones – when put into abruptly stressful situations, such as being dropped into a pool of water. Moreover, when the connection between the gut and the brain was severed, these mice no longer showed decreased signs of stress. The author concludes that “There's nothing metaphorical about "gut feelings," for what happens in the gut really does influence what we feel.”
Summer is the season of the Heart, of Fire, and of Joy in the Traditional Chinese Medicine system of correspondences. It is a time to celebrate vitality, to nurture that which is most important to us, to connect with those people and things that are dear to us, and to do things that make us happy and joyful.
Pay attention to what you are eating. Savor the flavors in your mouth. By paying attention to the eating process, you will naturally eat slower and will be more in tune with how the food makes your body feel, and when you feel full.
In TCM, food and nutrition are an essential part of our medicine – as important as herbal medicine and acupuncture. Vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and meat have healing properties and innate qualities that determine how they act in the body.
Springtime is a time for rebirth, rejuvenation, growth, and cleansing. In the cycle of the seasons, spring represents youthfulness. We emerge from the dark, gloomy, short days of winter, ready to feel lighter and more free – and our meal choices should reflect this innate human response to the season.
In all dimensions, the Spleen allows our body to welcome and process the nourishment we deserve. When the Spleen is weak, we are undernourished, in body, mind, and spirit, no matter how much food we eat or how much we surround ourselves by nourishing places and activities. So how do we avoid damaging our Spleen?