We all know that suffering from digestive problems such as gas, reflux, stomach cramps, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease can seriously hinder our daily functioning and make us miserable.
Your gastrointestinal tract (GI) tract acts as your body’s food processor and if it’s blocked, overloaded, polluted with toxins such as food additives, pesticides and preservatives, or otherwise irritated, it is going to let you know how it feels by having of the above listed reactions.
Your GI tract first breaks down your food by the mechanical process of chewing and then by a multitude of complex chemical processes within the body that extract nutrients to feed your system and expel toxins.
The best way to ensure that we are partnering well with our bodies and letting it be easy for our bodies to digest our food is to chew A LOT so that our food mixes with our digestive juices so it can be easily digested and better absorbed for our optimal nutrition.
So, what is my best kept secret to better digestion?
Believe it or not, chewing is one of the most important aids to our digestion and it’s also one we often overlook, so much so that we sometimes just swallow our food whole, forgetting to grind our teeth together!
Learning how to chew your food properly (up to 30 times per bite) will help you extract the maximum nutrients from your food and get your digestive juices flowing right. Digestive juices that also helps the body signal satiation and fullness (but let’s save that for another conversation).
When you eat healthy food packed with nutrients that you chew properly with each bite, you will be able to recognize once you feel full faster and you will therefore naturally eat less keeping that excess weight at bay!
My clients find that learning how-to chew more thoughtfully builds a stronger internal brain-to-body connection that helps to:
How to chew better for optimal digestion:
To get in the habit of chewing, try chewing each bite of food at the beginning of your next meal 30 times. (Note, not pre-loading your fork and breathing between bites helps a lot.)
Even if you only have 5 minutes for a meal, be fully present to the meal. Let the chewing relax you almost as with a mediative practice. That way you’ll enjoy the whole spectrum of tastes, textures, and aromas that make up the meal, trigger cephalic phase digestion, and support your brain and body to find more satisfaction with even a super quick meal.
So Now What Do I Do?
In my health coaching practice, I help clients understand why they eat in a rush and forget to chew. Together we will build a practical and effective how-to guide for chewing that is easy to implement and turns eating into a whole new and enjoyable experience.
If you would like to learn more about how to chew for better digestion that will lead to a more natural means of weight reduction, then click the link below now to schedule a time to talk with me about it!
To your best health!