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Heartwings Love Notes 839 - Don't shoot the Messenger or Ignore the Message

Heartwings says, "Our bodies do their best to alert us to problems, it behooves us to pay attention!"

So many of the ads I see on TV are for medicine, both prescription and over the counter. It makes me wonder if we are all really that
ill or in need of fixing? Perhaps we are, yet I wonder too whether if instead of trying to alleviate symptoms with medicine, we might
do better were we to pay more attention to how and why they have arisen. I am speaking about digestive issues in particular, though
others are equally as important.

Of course there are serious illnesses that require intervention and the use of various prescribed medicines. However there are other
conditions that will respond well to changes in lifestyle and most especially to changes in dietary habits. I well remember how when
I was only in my forties, someone a decade older told me how important it had been for her to reduce food intake as she aged. She
told me she got by on two meals a day. Different people will do better with different plans, however reducing intake is key is key to
helping us be healthier.

The symptoms of the acid reflux so many experience are often a result of overeating, eating foods we do not digest well, or eating
poor food combinations. As we age, the production of our digestive enzymes diminishes. Many comfort foods we once enjoyed
become at best indigestible or at worst dangerous to our health. Yet many of us continue to eat as though we were in our twenties
and still growing. While trends in eating come and go, for instance (carbohydrates good, fats bad now reversed), one truth remains:
what and how we eat are irrevocably connected to our physical, mental and emotional health and well-being, not to mention our
weight.

What can we do? Chewing is vital. Busy with our lives and impatient of meals perceived as mere interruptions, many of us swallow
food half chewed, washing it down with liquid. This does not allow for the incorporation of digestive enzymes, not to mention roiling
the stomach with acid from feelings of haste. Instead we could slow down and taste the food as we chew. TV ads counsel taking
this or that medicine. By so doing we are effectively killing the messenger: the symptoms that tell us we are doing something
harmful to ourselves. When we pay attention to the message we can learn how to better treat our bodies and prolong our good
health.

May you find good ways to nourish your body and stay healthy.

PS I am always happy when readers share their thoughts with me. Do please email me with comments or questions.

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Blessings and Best Regards,
Tasha Halpert
 

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