Whatever type of diet, training or lifestyle program you are partaking in you will have a matching problem with many other people.
That problem is that you must chew your food as you consume it. It doesn’t matter what you’re eating or what your goals are, chewing is a healthy requirement of any diet plan & it is so often missed as a cause of issues but also as a blocking factor to major success.
Yet, it is still something that virtually no one gives any thought to. Chewing is an automatic action process that will take place when food is put into your mouth & is something that you’ve learned to do from the time you were a very young baby as your first teeth came through.
This simple act is not so simple however when it comes to the entire digestive process that is going to be taking place. If you aren’t executing your chewing correctly, the impacts of this can be quite significant.
Let’s go through some of the issues associated with chewing & illustrate why chewing deserves far more attention than you are likely giving it.
The Process Of Digestion…
The first thing that you need to note & be aware of is the fact that the process of digestion is going to take place when you take that first bite & begin chewing.
Some people have come to believe that digestion takes place as the food passes into the intestines, but that’s completely incorrect. Chewing is the very first step in the digestion chain of events that will take place & chewing is what signals the body to accept food.
Your chewing is going to stimulate more saliva to be released in the mouth (in most people, this will take place even at the mere smell or sight of food), which then triggers the intestines to begin secreting a variety of digestive fluids & enzymes to prepare to break that food down.
If you were to not chew, you’d basically send food down to your intestines without it being prepared. Meaning that you would be placing a lot of stress on your digestive juices. Food would not get broken down as it should be.
Large chunks of food passing into your stomach & intestines will drain your system of digestive acids & enzymes. Putting greater stress on your body.
When people don’t chew properly, this can be one reason for serious gastrointestinal issues such as gas, bloating, stomach aches & simply feeling unwell. Their meal has not been properly digested due to large chunks of food being present in the stomach!
Even if you chew slightly, it may not be enough total time for these enzymes to be produced & the food will enter the body in larger particles that the digestive system is unable to break down. Remember, by chewing, you are breaking the food up into smaller bits so it’s easier for your system to handle.
Chew till the food in your mouth is a soft paste or even liquid.
The Average Rate Of Chews…
When we look at the average rate of chews that most people are taking, we come to the harsh reality that most people chew a mere 4 times before swallowing their food. This takes a few seconds at best & is not going to allow the body to prepare to receive that food.
Ideally you should be chewing closer to 36-40 times per mouthful that you take – longer chews for more dense, solid foods that will be harder for your body to break down, such as meat.
You should also make sure that you are entirely finished chewing your first mouthful of food before putting more food into your mouth! Rushing meals is the root to this problem.
Often, you’re halfway between chewing & swallowing before another forkful of food goes in as you’re in a mad rush to get through that meal & on with your day.
Over time, this will cause you an issue in one way or another. Make time for each meal.
The Benefits Of Chewing Properly…
In addition to the benefit of fewer digestive issues related to chewing your food properly, there are other key benefits that must be noted as well.
First, chewing more will help you better maintain a healthy weight. Chewing longer will slow the entire eating process down, giving your brain a chance to register that you have become full & prompt you to stop eating.
If you are inhaling your meals, chances are you will not realise you have eaten enough before that fullness feeling has been able to take effect & you end up piling more food in!
In addition, because your food is broken down better, this also means that your body will better absorb nutrients from your food. Therefore, you’ll be less likely to experience a nutritional deficiency as time goes on. If you aren’t breaking down your food completely, this means you are risking nutritional deficiencies, which can lead to a whole number of various health problems.
Finally, you’ll also simply get more satiety by making sure you chew your food more thoroughly. If you aren’t chewing properly, you aren’t experiencing the full taste & texture of your food, so you’re less likely to enjoy each meal you eat & want to eat again sooner because you don’t feel completely fulfilled.
This again can assist with weight control & make sure that you don’t feel as restricted when dieting. Before you swallow each mouthful of food make sure it is liquid or close to it. You give yourself the best chance to reach your personal best if you follow this simple tip.
Over time you will notice the difference in your energy levels, digestion & level of health.
So there you have some facts about chewing. It’s not a process to rush if you want to get your best results from your diet protocol. Chew properly & be well.
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