The Art of Chewing Your Food – 4 Reasons Why You Need to Chew
Let’s talk mastication.
Although that’s fun! 😉
Mastication, chewing your food! This is one the simplest, easiest things you can do for yourself to achieve better overall health.
Chewing your food is so important because digestion begins in your mouth. Carbohydrates are digested in your mouth. The more chew, the less work for your stomach and intestinal system. Because guess what – you don’t have teeth in your stomach. Chewing mean less gas and bloating and better elimination. Less stress overall on your digestive system.
Here are 4 other reasons why you should chew your food
Helps you lose weight
- it usually takes about 20 min for the signal from your brain to reach your stomach to say your full.
- the longer you chew, the more time it will take you to finish a meal, and research shows that eating slowly can help you to eat less and, ultimately, to avoid weight gain or even lose weight.
- when you shovel your food into your mouth like a pig at a trough, that’s when you overeat, feel uncomfortable and have probably hit the heavy breathing stage. SLOW DOWN. Nobody is taking the plate away from you.
It’s good for your teeth
- the bones holding your teeth get a workout, chewing keeps them strong, it also increases saliva production, which helps to digest bacteria that can lead to plaque buildup
Chewing helps with better absorption of nutrients
- once the food gets to your intestines, it will have a much easier time pulling out all the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fats, proteins that your body needs.
You get to enjoy and taste your food
- eating should be enjoyable and pleasurable, so don’t deprive yourself of that moment
So sit back, relax, chew and enjoy the food in front of you.