Simple Way to Improve Digestive Issues, Gain More Energy and Even Lose Weight?
There’s a simple way to improve digestive issues, gain more energy and even lose weight It’s something that you’re already doing just not as effectively.
You probably aren’t going to believe me when I explain this super simple, already practiced, but not nearly as proficient, method. This method pays amazing dividends such as improved digestion, energy, and nutrient absorption.
Yes, you heard that right…good old, fashioned, but not often practiced, fully chewing our food. And I confess!! You’ll often find me eating over the kitchen sink in a rush between classes or clients, swallowing poorly chewed food. Because….well, we’re all busy, right? I’m certain, were all not too busy for improved digestion, more energy, and fewer stomach woes.
I’ll try to sum it up for you in the least boring way, just in case you aren’t super-f’in-fascinated with the human body like I am.
A Crash Course in Digestion
In case you didn’t already know, digestion is one of the most important (and complex) jobs of the human body. So it’s no surprise that MOST people walk around with some form of digestive issues.
We’re not just what we eat, but how our body processes and assimilates what we eat. A lot is going on in the 30 or so feet of your digestive tract from mouth to anus, in a domino-like effect. If one part of the process is off it will deter the remaining processes to work effectively.
Digestion actually starts with the first bite of food and even before we put food in our mouth. At first smell or taste, the saliva glands begin to signal the enzymes, hormones and gastric juices to begin their jobs.
The longer you chew your food the better the saliva does its job in releasing the necessary enzymes and dissolving the food into a liquid form as part of chewing’s 3 main functions:
- to reduce the particle size of the food,
- to expel air and mix the food thoroughly with saliva to an easy to swallow and transportable form,
- to increase the surface area of the food to allow more digestive enzymes to have at it, to make their attack to break down the molecules.
When chewing increases, digestion will become easier on the rest of the body. And when digestion requires less energy, there is more energy to be used elsewhere. Another bonus is that you will be taking more time to eat, allowing your stomach to signal the brain that you are full, faster than before. This can help eliminate over-eating and possibly aid in weight-loss. Lastly, you may be able to increase nutrient deficiencies and toss the annoying horse vitamins.
“How To Improve Digestive Issues”? You Ask
“Ok, so what can I do NOW that I know better”, you ask?
Much wiser folks than myself have been quoted as saying “Drink your solids and chew your liquids.” Meaning, chew your foods until they are completely liquified and also chew your liquids so that they too can be better absorbed.
- Try to chew 25-40 chews per bite for solids and even fewer less chews for more liquid-based foods. So fewer “chews” are needed for yogurt compared to a filet of beef…make sense?
- Try not to drink any liquids while eating. Instead, finish drinking water and other liquids 10-15 minutes prior to your meal, and about 20-30 minutes after, so not to interfere with this complex process.
So you can now better understand how improved chewing can help to eliminate bloating, gas, and abdominal upset(heartburn) as well as gain energy, increase nutrient absorption, reduce constipation, and aid in weight-loss!
Try this for a few weeks and get back to me with your results! If you want more tips on improving your digestive health, check out another post. I share how little changes just like this one can get you to STOP DIETING once and for all!