Your digestion is a sophisticated and complicated system that is affected by what you put in it. Read more at the nuzymes website.
Contrary to what many people think – digestion begins in the mouth, not the stomach. The mouth contains glands that secrete digestive enzymes that break down and prepare food for the next stage of the digestive process.
In fact, your mouth can produce more enzymes than your stomach. For this reason, chewing your food slowly and thoroughly is very important for digestive health.
If you have trouble digesting your food there’s a good chance you’re not chewing food properly. If you feel bloated or your stomach feels like it’s in a knot it’s highly likely that your swallowing food whole.
You see, the build up of undigested food puts your stomach under severe pressure because it has to work harder at breaking food down before it reaches the lower digestive tract.
There is a very good reason why enzymes are secreted from the mouth. The act of chewing pre-digests and prepares food before it enters the stomach. In this way your digestive system has less work to do.
Just think of baby food. Because babies have no teeth the food has to mashed into a paste so they can digest it properly.
This is exactly what we should be doing with our teeth – using them to thoroughly chew food into a paste before swallowing. If more people did this there would be fewer digestive problems.
Unfortunately, most people are eating too fast – even wolfing down – their food whole. With these eating habits it’s no wonder doctors are treating more cases of indigestion, bloating constipation and other digestive disorders.
There are many benefits to chewing your food properly. When you take the time to chew you eat smaller portions because the act of chewing sends a signal to your brain that your stomach is filling up. The fuller you feel the less food you eat.
In fact chewing food slowly has a beneficial effect in helping you control your weight as smaller portions mean less calories.
Chewing thoroughly also enables you to experience and enjoy the different textures and flavours of food which you wouldn’t get when eating fast.
Another factor that can cause digestion trouble is the type of food you’re putting in your mouth.
The fact is, our modern food is saturated with cheaply made processed foods. These are laden with manufactured fats, chemicals, artificial colors and flavours to make it look and taste more appealing.
Today most people are getting their calories from these unnatural and nutrient deficient foods. These foods are also a major contributor to disease and the obesity epidemic we’re see all around us today.
The human digestive system was not designed to eat these unnatural foods. In fact, your body reacts to most of them as foreign invaders that are trying to attack it.
In its defence the body releases antibodies to fight off these invaders, however this defence mechanism causes collateral damage in the form of cell damage and internal inflammation.
If you want to improve your digestion you need to begin eating more natural whole foods that your body was designed for. These are your whole grains, fresh organic fruits, raw vegetables, nuts and seeds.
And of course – chew this food slowly and thoroughly – at least 25 times before you swallow.