How’s your tummy? Do you struggle with gut aches? Do the aches or grumblies happen after you eat certain foods? Or does your digestive system flare up when you are under stress? Or is it basically a constant problem?
Suffering from digestive problems such as gas, bloating, reflux, stomach cramps, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease can make us down right miserable and it can also seriously make daily tasks a lot more difficult.
If you haven’t already consulted your doctor about your digestive issues, start there. Let’s take a look at the GI system, what it does, and how we can help our digestion work smoother.
What happens in your GI tract?
Your gastrointestinal tract (GI) tract acts as your body’s food processor and if it’s blocked, overloaded, polluted with toxins such as food additives, pesticides and preservatives, or otherwise irritated, it is going to let you know how it feels by having one of the reactions listed above.
Your GI tract first breaks down your food by the mechanical process of chewing and then by a multitude of complex chemical processes 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 our food is to chew A LOT so that our food mixes with our digestive juices so it can be easily digested and better absorbed for optimal nutrition.
So what is my best kept secret to better digestion?
Believe it or not chewing is one of the most important aids to our digestion and it’s also one we often take for granted so much so that we sometimes just swallow our food whole, forgetting to grind our teeth altogether!
Learning how to chew your food properly (up to 30 times per bite) will help you extract the maximum nutrients from your food and get your digestive juices flowing right AND help keep your weight down and your tummy flat.
How? 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:
● Sense intuitively when you are full
● Gain 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 chewing each bite of food at the beginning of your next meal 30 times. (Putting your fork down and breathing between bites will help.)
Even if you only have 5 minutes for a meal, let the chewing relax you and use it almost as a meditation. That way you’ll 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 quick meal.
What can you do now?
Practice the tips you just learned about chewing. Read about Brandee C.’s journey with terrible digestive issues. If you haven’t been able to get the answers you need to get rid of your digestive issues, let’s talk. You can learn more tips to help that can lead to a flatter belly, and more importantly feeling great.