Emma here to share my best kept secret with you for better digestion!
But first, why am I talking about having better digestion in the first place?...
Well, if you've ever suffered from digestive problems such as gas, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease, you'll know that they can seriously hinder our daily functioning and make us miserable!
Your gastrointestinal tract (GI) acts as your body’s food processor and if it’s blocked or overloaded with toxins such as food additives, pesticides and preservatives, or 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 extract nutrients to feed your system and expel toxins.
The best way to ensure that we are making it easy for our bodies to digest our food is to chew our food as much as possible so that our food mixes with our digestive juices and 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 will help you extract the maximum nutrients from it and get your digestive juices flowing right. How? Because if you eat food packed with nutrients that you chew properly with each bite, you will be able to recognise when you feel full and your food will be broken down well enough to be digested thoroughly!
How do I chew better for optimal digestion?
It takes practice if you're someone who, like me, tends to eat a bit too fast but to get in the habit, try chewing each bite of food at the beginning of your next meal around 20 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 the cephalic phase digestion response (CPDR), and your body and brain will be satisfied even with a quickie!
What do I do now?
In my signature coaching program, I help clients understand what's causing them to eat in a rush and forget to chew, and we come up with a 'how-to' guide for chewing that is easy to implement and turns eating into a whole new enjoyable experience.
If you want to learn how to chew for better digestion that will have you easing your digestive symptoms and feeling more energised from your food, then get in touch to talk to me about it.