The microwave has led to a dramatic change in cooking and convenience. Although it has become a ubiquitous form of heating food, we should remain diligent regarding its possible implications in our digestion.
Digestion begins before food enters your stomach and even before it enters your mouth:
The parasympathetic state, known as the “rest and digest” mode, is also an important component of digestion:
It is true that microwaves have allowed us to prepare food more quickly. However, rushing through our meals and eating just as a means for fuel decreases cephalic phase stimulation, decreases parasympathetic response, and thus decreases our ability to digest optimally.
Why should we care about optimal digestion?
Here are some simple steps to optimize your digestion.
You can discuss microwave use and more personalized options to optimize digestion with your local naturopathic doctor. Make an appointment by calling Bastyr Center for Natural Health at (206) 834-4100.
— Tony Rutledge, ND, naturopathic physician and resident at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, the teaching clinic of Bastyr University.
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