My best kept for better digestion (look inside!)
Today I’d like to share with you what is best to do for better digestion.
First, why am I talking about having better digestion in the first place?
A lot of people suffer from digestive problems such as gas, bloating, reflux, stomach cramps, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome or inflammations, and these can severely limit our daily functioning and makes us miserable.
Our gastrointestinal tract (IG) acts as our body’s food processor and if it’s blocked, overloaded, polluted with toxins such as food additives, pesticides, preservatives, processed products, it’s going to let you know how it feels by having one of the reactions listed above or even worst illnesses.
Our IG tract first breaks down the food by the mechanical process of chewing and then by a multitude of a complicated chemical process that extracts nutrients to feed your system and expel toxins.
The best way to ensure that we are helping make it easy for our bodies to digest the food we are eating is to chew A LOT. Doing that the food is mixed well with the digestive juices that we have inside so we can easily digest and better absorbed the substances for optimal nutrition.
So what’s the secret to better digestion?
Believe it or not, chewing is one of the most important aids to our digestion. It is also one often take for granted. Majority of people swallow the food forgetting to grind the teeth together.
Up to 30 times of bite is the average chews we should do while eating and learning to do it will help us extract the maximum nutrients and get the digestive juices flowing right. This process will also keep your weight down and your tummy flat! Simple as it is, but often we forget how simple things are important.
Our brain and stomach register feelings of fullness after about 20 minutes. Imaging if having at least this amount of time every meal, where we eat healthy food packed with nutrients that we chew adequately with each bite. The consequence is that we can recognize once we feel full and automatically eat less. Isn’t this awesome?
While working with my clients, I realized that learning how to chew helps to:
– Sense intuitively when you are full
– Gain way more satisfaction from eating
– Develop a healthier relationship with food and our bodies
How to chew best for optimal digestion.
To get in the habit of chewing correctly, try to chew each bite of food at the beginning of the meal 30 times. Practice will build awareness to the point that you will not have to count it, and your body will register this new habit and make it natural. (Putting down the fork and breathing between bites will help you)
I know time can be our enemy sometimes, so let’s say you are in a rush and have just 5 minutes for a meal. Let the chewing relax you and use it almost as a meditation.
That way you will enjoy the whole spectrum of taste and aromas that make up the meal, trigger cephalic phase digestion, and your body and brain will be satisfied even with a quickie.
What do I do now?
In my health coaching practice, I help people understanding why they eat in a rush and forget to chew and we come up with a how-to guide for chewing. An accessible guide to follow and implements the way we eat into a whole new enjoyable experience.
If you want to learn more about this important topic for better digestion contact me, I will be more than glad to help you and walk together on this beautiful path that is your healthy journey.
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Our body is a well designed intelligent machine with its inner wisdom. It works hard to keep everything in place so let’s do smart things to keep our body healthy!