STAY AT THE TA­BLE

Good Health Choices - - Health bites -

The sim­ple habit of stay­ing at the ta­ble for five min­utes af­ter eat­ing is worth per­fect­ing. It keeps the di­ges­tive sys­tem happy and, when that’s work­ing well, the rest of the body usu­ally is, too. In the hotspots, fam­i­lies gather around the ta­ble for meals and linger af­ter­wards to chat over a glass of home-made red wine. Re­lax­ing over a meal ac­ti­vates the parasym­pa­thetic ner­vous sys­tem, aka the ‘rest-and-digest’ state. Our di­ges­tive tracts can get on with ab­sorb­ing and as­sim­i­lat­ing nutri­ents in peace, and those nutri­ents can then get to our cells.

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