With so many people rushing through their day it is difficult to take time out for mindful eating. However, when you think of all the benefits you receive from properly chewing your food you may just decide that it’s time to slow down when eating. Here are just a few of the many benefits of taking the time and learning to chew your food thoroughly.
The first benefit you will notice when you take the time to properly chew your food is the taste. When you chew each bite of food thoroughly, you begin to enjoy the taste of the subtle flavours in the food making eating more enjoyable.
Chewing your food properly can help to keep your teeth healthy. When you chew food you produce saliva. Saliva helps to wash away food particles from around and between your teeth. It kills harmful bacteria that can lead to tooth decay, and neutralise plaque. This helps to slow down plaque build up all resulting in helping to keep your teeth healthy.
Helps With Weight Control
Believe it or not properly chewing your food is one of the best techniques you can use to help control your weight. When you chew your food properly you eat slower and give your stomach time to signal your brain that you are no longer hungry. This helps to prevent you from overeating.
Can Help to Reduce and Prevent Heartburn
When you chew your food well prior to swallowing it, it allows the food you eat to be digested faster and more easily. This helps to reduce and prevent heartburn.
Aids in the Digestion of Your Food
Properly chewing your food breaks it down into smaller particles, which actually aids digestion. When you swallow large pieces of food, it takes your digestive system longer to digest the food. Much of that food gets passed through your digestive tract in large chunks where bacteria get to break it down causing excess gas and possibly pain, typical IBS symptoms.
In addition, food that sits in the digestive tract for longer periods of time tends to cause a variety of digestive or irritable bowel issues as well. That can result in constipation or diarrhoea and nausea. The chewing process itself starts to predigest your food and begins to break it down before it even reaches your stomach. Your stomach doesn’t have teeth, you need to chew your food thoroughly for optimal digestion.
When food is properly chewed and digested, more of the nutrients in the food are released where your body can absorb them. These nutrients are extremely important to your health. By absorbing more of the nutrients that your food provides you are giving your body what it needs to give you energy and to remain healthy. I’ve had clients cure IBS symptoms just by slowing down and chewing properly.
With all the benefits derived from properly chewing your food, isn’t it time to slow down and take the time to chew every single bite of food?
If you are used to just 3 or 4 chews and swallowing your food down, I suggest you try an experiment so see the difference chewing makes. Take one almond and chew it 25-30 times before you swallow. Notice the change in taste and texture as you chew.
By the end of 25 chews you’ll notice the sweater taste and paste like texture. This is what a complex food like an almond should be like before you swallow. Experiment with other foods and focus on chewing more all the time.
If you have common symptoms of IBS and you need help to manage them and find your triggers, book in for a Help with IBS Strategy session.