I wish everyone a joyful holiday season. If cancer is on your mind during these months though, your spirits may not feel much like celebrating. In this video, I want to offer you some thoughts about how understanding cancer can help you through the season.The following is an excerpt from my latest book “Surviving Cancer” but it is relevant for anyone who wants to build better eating and drinking habits.
What to drink to support your health
Eating consciously, slowly, and mindfully is the best way to get all nutrients needed at the right amounts for optimal functioning of the body. This is accomplished easier if you drink plain water during meals. Plain water cleans your taste buds after you swallow each bite of well-chewed food by removing nutrients already on the taste receptors. If you do not like to drink plain cold water, warm it up or even flavor it with tea, mint, ginger, lemon grass, or another natural herbal flavor.
The goal is to allow the nutrients in the food to register with your taste buds and smell receptors that connect with your brain’s regulatory system to monitor your food intake. Clean taste buds also allow nutrients released during the process of chewing to be recognized, which stimulates your memory of eating that food and increases your enjoyment of it.
Meanwhile, the warm air going up the back of your throat, after sipping warm water, will clean the smell receptors, allowing you to enjoy the fat-associated nutrients released during chewing.
Stay away from water sweetened with any non-energy-containing sweetener (i.e., artificial sweeteners not containing natural sugar) because the manufactured intensity of sweetness can make it difficult for your brain’s control centers to function properly to regulate your food in-take. Th e brain’s natural regulatory mechanism is based on the intensity of sweetness found in nature. When the brain recognizes a naturally sweet taste, it knows that the sensation means the intestine will absorb some energy-containing nutrients very soon.
But when you drink artificially sweetened drinks, which deliver no energy-containing nutrients to the intestines within the expected time, your brain may be forced to change the meaning of the sensation of sweet taste. If you drink artificially sweetened drinks over long periods of time, your brain may lose its ability to assess the meaning of sweetness even from naturally sweet items such as fruits.
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