Before I share my best kept secret with you for better digestion, you’re probably asking:
What is so important about having better digestion?
Ugh…digestive problems suck! Gas, bloating, reflux, stomach cramps, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease make us miserable and can really interfere with your daily life.
Your gastrointestinal tract (GI) tract is your body’s food processor. When it’s blocked, weighed down, and polluted with toxins such as food additives, pesticides and preservatives, or otherwise irritated, it’ll let you know by having one or more of the reactions listed above.
Your GI tract first breaks down your food by the mechanical process of chewing. Then, by an array of complex chemical processes, it extracts nutrients to feed your system and remove toxins.
The best way we make it easy for our bodies to digest our food is to chew – A LOT – so that our food mixes with our digestive juices making it easier to digest and be better absorbed for optimal nutrition.
So, what is my best kept secret to better digestion?
That’s right! Chewing is one of the most important aids to digestion. And it’s also the one we not only take for granted but pretty much ignore completely by swallowing our food whole, without grinding our teeth at all!
Learning how to chew your food properly – which means up to 30 times per bite – will help you extract the maximum nutrients from your food and get your digestive juices flowing right. It will also help keep your weight down and your tummy flat.
How does the simple act of chewing help you lose weight and keep your belly flat? Because if you eat healthy food packed with nutrients that you chew properly with each bite, you will be able to recognize once you feel full and you will therefore eat less!
My clients find that learning how-to chew helps to:
- Intuitively sense when you are full
- Get way more satisfaction from eating
- Develop a healthier relationship with food
How to chew better for optimal digestion:
To get in the habit of chewing, try to chew each bite of food at the beginning of your next meal 30 times. Putting your fork down and breathing between every bite or every few bites will help even more!
Even if you only have 5 minutes for a meal, chew mindfully, letting it relax you and use it almost as a meditation. This will let you enjoy the whole spectrum of tastes and aromas that make up the meal, trigger cephalic phase digestion, and your body and brain will be satisfied even with a quickie.
In my St. Pete | Anna Maria Island health coaching practice, I help clients understand why they eat in a rush and forget to chew and we come up with a how-to guide for chewing that is easy to implement and turns eating into a whole new enjoyable experience.
If you want to learn how you to chew for better digestion that will lead to a flatter, firmer belly then click here now to schedule a time to talk with me about it!
To your health!