Your Momma was right when you were told to chew your food!
Digestion initially begins in the mouth. As you start to chew your food, digestive enzymes found in saliva begin to break it down, preparing for nutrient absorption. It’s important to chew your food thoroughly to achieve maximum absorption of all your vitamins and minerals.
HOW TO CHEW PROPERLY
To get into the habit of chewing foods thoroughly, try counting the chews in each bite, aiming for 30-50 times before swallowing. Try putting down your utensils between bites to help you better concentrate on chewing.
- Chew every mouthful of food at 30 times, until food becomes liquid.
- Chewing breaks down food and makes it easier on the stomach and small intestines.
- Saliva assists in the digestion of carbohydrates.
Saliva also makes the food more alkaline, which creates less gas. If you are feeling stressed during a meal, take deep breathes, chew, and let the simple act of chewing relax you. Taking the time to chew will help you to enjoy the whole spectrum of tastes and aromas that make up the meal.
- Wash your hands
- Shower or wash your face to help relax
- Turn off television, radio, phone, all electronics
- Do not read
- Find a clean, quiet place to eat
- Light a candle or play soft music
- Stretch and breathe
- Align your posture and breathe
DURING THE MEAL
- Place a bite of food in your mouth
- Put your utensil down
- Place your hands together while chewing
- Begin chewing and deep breathing
- Concentrate on what you’re doing
- Look at your food of something attractive, or close your eyes partially or fully
AFTER YOUR MEAL
- Say thanks
- Sit and talk after your meal
- Take a light stroll
Treat Yourself Well!