Ispectrum Magazine Ispectrum Magazine #06 - Page 13

Diet and the ANS The same diet is not for everyone. What determines why one person may get miraculous results with a particular diet and another person’s health would deteriorate following exactly the same diet? The answer is in the state of the ANS. That is what determines what foods are best digested, and what foods best balance the autonomic state of the person. For example, a sympathetic dominant type is the person who tends to have slow digestion and is on the acidic side. They do better with more p l a n t foods that are easy to digest, and should go easy on meats, particularly fatty red meats. Rich foods should also be avoided. Conversely, the parasympathetic person would do well with more meat in the diet. Their digestive systems are also more efficient. They tend to be more 12 on the alkaline side. Working to balance the ANS individualizes the treatment protocol. Eating with conscious awareness to balance the ANS is the goal. Eating deficient processed foods cannot bring about balance because of the stress they bring to the digestive system and particularly the pancreas. Processed foods also do not contain the nutrients the body needs to thrive. Consuming refined sugar products and commercial wheat foods that spike one’s insulin levels can only produce imbalance in the ANS. High fructose corn syrup is the main source of calories to the average American. Besides being produced from GMO corn, this “food” is a shocker to the ANS. Along with the physical ramifications of consuming these items, there are proven connections to diet and behavior and the state of the ANS and behavior.