The most important aspect of nutrition is the one that most of the people do not pay attention to – chewing! Just because it is so logical to chew food, like breathing, people seem to neglect it.
Digestion initially begins in the mouth – As you start to chew your food, digestive enzymes found in saliva begin to break down, preparing for nutrient absorption. It’s importantly to chew your food thoroughly to achieve maximum absorption of all your vitamins and minerals.
So lets do the count down for the top 10 reasons for chewing your food
Reason 10 – Helps the lining of your throat and Esophagus
When you eat fast and you swallow large mouthfuls you can get reflux which can damage the lining of the throat and esophagus. Did you know that around 44% of Americans experience reflux or heartburn at least once a month, 20% have it every week and 7% suffer from it daily? Now you know why.
9. Connect with others and Receive Primary Foods
When you sit down with someone and eat your meal in peace, chewing every bit of your food, you actually have time to enjoy your friend’s company. You have time to enjoy a conversation, look at them in the eye, connect with them and enrich your relationship. This is Primary Food and most of the time is far more important than nutrition.
8. Helps you Stay Active
Most of the people binge on coffee, energy drinks, and sweet things because they feel powerless throughout the day. I hear people all the time complaining of having no energy. How can you change all this? By chewing your food properly! When digestion takes place how it was meant to be, your won’t lose all of your energy to digestion and have plenty of it left for your activities.
Have you ever felt really heavy and sleepy after a big meal? You might think this is ‘normal‘, but it is not. After each meal, you should feel energetic and not sleepy. If you feel tired you either ate too much or did not chew your food. How do you want to feel after each meal?
7. Important Factor in Preventing Cancer
Cancer is one of the most frightening diseases out there and I am sure you want to do all in your power to stay away from it. Looks like by chewing the enzyme called peroxidase, which is in the saliva, is suppressing carcinogens in food, preventing cancer.
6. It Helps You Have Healthy Teeth
When we chew, we produce saliva and saliva is washing away food debris and the bacteria that was left in our mouths. Because of this we don’t get cavities or gingivitis. If you are scared of the dentist just like I am, you will take your chewing seriously!
5. You Can Get Smarter By Chewing Your Food
You have not thought of this, haven’t you? (I will be honest, I did not know about this myself) Indeed, by chewing we increase the blood flowing to the brain, stimulating it. This leads to a better development of intelligence in children and memory loss in adults. Pretty cool I must say.
4. Chewing Helps You lose Weight
By chewing your food properly, you will actually eat less. Why? You are eating so much food because your brain never gets the signal of being full in time, due to inhaling the food. When you are chewing it, your brain knows when to tell your stomach ‘I am done, no more eating for now‘.
3. Chewing Helps You Express Your Self Better
We have muscles everywhere, even in our mouth! By not exercising them, we lose the ability to speak the words clearer and to express emotions with our face expression. If you want people to understand you, you know what to do – chew your food better! (not a joke)
2. Improve Digestion
Digestion starts in the mouth. By chewing properly, you are helping all the organs that take part in the digestive process, especially the stomach and the intestines. Just think about it: if you swallow your food, your stomach does not get the signal regarding ‘how much acid and enzymes do you need?‘ and most of the time secrets just a bit.
This would not be such a big problem, but instead of having to break down very small particles of food, now it has 1×1 inch of meat to digest in an environment that is not prepared for it. So, it passes it over to the intestines, where the food gets stuck in the walls and it starts to putrefy, potentially leading to gas and bloating, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, cramping and other digestive problems.
Not to mention, that in time, you might get autoimmune diseases, because your gut gets compromised and you will get small holes in your intestines where food will invade your blood stream and contaminate it. This is a really serious thing, next time you get bloated or have a stomach ache, think about chewing.
And the Number 1 reason to chew your food…… You Will Absorb More Nutrients
As I said above, when your digestive system works perfectly, all your food is broken into ‘good things‘ for the body and ‘waste‘. When you don’t have time for chewing, your stomach/intestines won’t have time for digesting and then your ‘waste‘ bag will be much bigger than the ‘good things‘ bag. This means that your body will push you to crave more food in order to satisfy its needs.
How to Chew Properly
To get into the habit of chewing foods thoroughly, try putting your utensils down between bites to help you better concentrate on chewing. Some people say 50 times, others 30 times, but I say ‘chew it until its liquid‘. For some foods, it might take 10 times for others 80 times, so there is no ‘right number‘. And seriously now, who has the time to count the chewing? I prefer enjoying my meal than thinking ‘I am chewing enough?‘. So, chew your food until it’s liquid and you are on the right track.
- Chew every mouthful of food until food becomes liquid.
- Chewing breaks down food and makes it easier on the stomach and small intestine
- Saliva assists in the digestion of carbohydrates.
Saliva also makes the food more alkaline, which creates less gas. If under pressure at meals, take deep breaths, chew, and let the simple act of chewing relax you. Taking the time to chew will help you to enjoy the whole spectrum of tastes and aromas that make up the meal.
Good Chewing Suggestions
- Cut your food in small pieces
- Schedule time to eat. Don’t hurry to finish in 10 minutes, allow at least 30 minutes for each big meal
- When you eat, you eat. No driving, no emailing, no phone calling, no working.
- Drink your meal. And I am not talking about a caramel latte with extra cream, but about a protein shake made out of a banana, nuts, avocado, leafy greens, almond milk, cocoa, etc. (whatever veggies you enjoy + some healthy fats)
- Turn off television, radio and telephone
- Light a candle or play soft music
- Align your posture and breathe
During your meal
- Place a bite of food in your mouth
- Put your utensil down
- Place your hands together while chewing
- Begin chewing and deep breathing
- Concentrate on what you are doing
- Look at your food or something attractive, or close your eyes partially of fully
- Say thank you
- Sit and talk after your meal
- Take a light stroll
Can Over Chewing be Bad for You?
Yes, it can! But only when you are chewing with no intent of eating, like chewing gum. Your body does not know you are chewing gum, it will think you are chewing food, so it will secret digestive acids in your stomach. If you fail to send food down your throat, that acid will stay in your stomach causing problems, like bloating.
Also, because we have such a smart body, if you chew gum repetitively, your body will learn not to secrete so many acids when you are chewing (wants to protect itself) BUT this means that also when you are actually eating, your body won’t secrete acids, which will lead to poor digestion.
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