As I sat down to write this week’s tip, it occurred to me that the day before Super Bowl Sunday might have been a better day to post. But who knows? I may just reach a few readers before they head out for their parties (Fly Eagles Fly).
We all know that suffering from digestive problems such as gas, bloating, reflux, stomach cramps, diarrhea, constipation, IBS or IBD can seriously hinder our daily functioning and make us feel miserable.
When your gastrointestinal tract (GI) is blocked, overloaded or polluted with toxins such as food additives, preservatives and other irritants it can’t properly process food the way it is designed to do. Your GI tract is kind of like the food processor in your kitchen; it works more efficiently with smaller sized pieces. When your GI tract is unable to work the way it should, it lets you know by sending you one or more of the symptoms mentioned above.
The GI tract first breaks down food by the mechanical process of chewing and then by a multitude of complex chemical processes that extract nutrients to feed your system and expel toxins.
So what is the secret tip for better digestion?
CHEWING! It’s the best way to ensure that we are helping to make it easy for our bodies to digest our food. Chew A LOT, so that our food mixes with the digestive juices to be easily digested and better absorbed for optimal nutrition. It really is that simple.
The more we chew (up to 30 times per bite), the more maximum nutrients will be be extracted. Keep those digestive juices flowing right and it will help keep your weight down and your tummy flat. In addition, 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’ll eat less.
To help get into the practice of chewing more, try putting your fork down and breathe between bites. Granted, there will be some foods that you can’t chew 30 times, but begin by counting “chews” and see just how many it takes to thoroughly break down each bite. Here’s another tip: when the food begins to just slide down your throat without any effort, you’ve probably found just the right number of “chews”.
Most of us really enjoy eating, and believe it or not, the more you chew each mouthful of food, the better that food will taste. Each bite will release a whole spectrum of tastes and aromas that make up the meal.
In my 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 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.