Understanding your digestion type in Human Design can be helpful in supporting your gut health in a number of ways.
In Human Design, there are different digestion types based on the definition and openness of certain centers in your chart.
DIGESTION TYPE – DEFINED OR OPEN
For example, if you have a defined Spleen Center in your chart, you may have a more instinctual and reactive approach to eating and digestion. You may benefit from eating a diet that is more intuitive and based on what your body is craving in the moment, rather than following strict dietary guidelines.
On the other hand, if you have an open or undefined Spleen Center, you may be more susceptible to absorbing and taking on the emotions and energy of others through the foods you eat. You may benefit from practicing mindful eating techniques and developing a stronger sense of your own bodily cues to determine what foods feel nourishing and supportive for you.
Additionally, other centers in the Human Design chart can influence digestion and gut health, such as the Sacral Center, which is associated with vitality and life force energy. By understanding the strengths and potential challenges of these centers in your chart, you can develop a more holistic and personalized approach to supporting your gut health.
12 DIGESTION TYPES – PROCESSING
In Human Design, there are also 12 different digestion types that are based on the way the body processes food and nutrients.
Here’s the breakdown of each type:
- Consecutive: This type of digestion involves eating three meals a day, with a focus on each meal being balanced and providing a variety of nutrients.
- Alternating: This type of digestion involves alternating between periods of eating and fasting, with a focus on consuming foods that are easily digestible.
- Open: This type of digestion involves being very intuitive with food choices and eating when the body feels hungry, without adhering to a strict meal schedule.
- Closed: This type of digestion involves being very disciplined with food choices and following a strict meal schedule.
- Hot: This type of digestion involves a fast metabolism and a tendency to crave spicy or warm foods.
- Cold: This type of digestion involves a slower metabolism and a tendency to crave cold or cool foods.
- Calm: This type of digestion involves a relaxed and easy-going approach to food, with a focus on consuming foods that are easy to digest.
- Nervous: This type of digestion involves a more sensitive digestive system that may be easily triggered by stress or anxiety.
- High: This type of digestion involves a faster metabolism and a tendency to burn through calories quickly.
- Low: This type of digestion involves a slower metabolism and a tendency to hold onto weight more easily.
- Direct: This type of digestion involves a more direct and straightforward approach to food choices and digestion.
- Indirect: This type of digestion involves a more circuitous and meandering approach to food choices and digestion, with a focus on consuming a variety of different foods.
Understanding your digestion type with Human Design and Functional Medicine can help support your gut health in a few ways. By knowing your digestion type, you can tailor your diet and lifestyle to optimize your digestion, reducing the likelihood of gut issues and supporting overall health.
For example, if you have a Consecutive digestion type, you may benefit from eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day, while someone with an Alternating digestion type may do better with intermittent fasting. Knowing your digestion type can also help you identify which foods and supplements are most beneficial for you and which ones to avoid.
By combining Human Design and functional medicine, you can also address any underlying imbalances or conditions that may be affecting your gut health. For example, a functional medicine practitioner can also help identify and treat any nutrient deficiencies, food sensitivities, or gut dysbiosis that may be contributing to gut issues.
Overall, understanding your digestion type in Human Design and working with a functional medicine practitioner can help you gain insights into your unique digestion type. You’ll learn how it influences your relationship with food and your body and receive a personalized approach to gut health to help you optimize digestion and improve overall health and wellbeing.
If you’re ready to dive in and learn more, schedule a Human Design Health Analysis.