Your stomach does not have Teeth!

Posted on May 23, 2016 · Posted in Uncategorized
Growing up you may have had a very wise Granma who advised you to slow down and chew your food! Did you know that the digestion process begins in the mouth? A lot of folks think that it begins in the stomach. The manner in which you chew your food will dictate key aspects related to maintaining healthy digestion.
Here are 5 reasons why chewing food is an essential wellness practice.
1. It improves the absorption of vitamins and minerals. When food is broken down thoroughly, it is easier for the intestines to absorb the nutrients.
2. Chewing food allows longer exposure to saliva. Your saliva contains enzymes that contribute to imperative chemical processes that aid healthy digestion. Saliva also lubricates the food, making it easier to pass through the esophagus.
3. Do you want to feel energized after a meal? The digestive enzymes that are released when you chew slowly help to break down food in the stomach so that your body can convert it to energy. When food is not properly digested, you could suffer from low energy.
 4. Do you suffer from bloating, indigestion, or constipation? This may be due to food particles that have not been broken down due to poor chewing practices causing bacterial overgrowth in the colon.
 5. Chewing your food and slowing down the entire process will decrease chances that you will overeat. How? The longer a person takes to chew their food, the longer it will take to finish a meal. People who eat slower, tend to eat less. As people eat, a message is sent to the brain to indicate that they are getting full. The opposite happens when you rush through a meal.
For healthier digestion, you should chew softer foods 5-10 times, and harder foods up to 30 times before swallowing.