Chewing Food - Healthy Eating Habit
Improve Digestion with healthy eating habits
If there is one healthy eating habit that can help you overall is the habit of chewing food well while eating.
Remember? Mother told you to chew your food well. Are you doing that?
Many of us have a habit of either gulping down food with a drink or
may be swallow food after chewing it for a few times. It fills the
stomach fast but does not help digestion.
Why should we chew food well?
For humans, the food digestion starts in the mouth itself. when you start Chewing, the gastrointestinal
system knows it is time to start the digestive process by releasing the
digestive juices. As soon as you smell and see food (provided you are
hungry) saliva is produced in the mouth. When you put food in
the mouth, the saliva mixes with the food. (This saliva helps in the
digestion; it starts the digestion of starches, carbohydrates)
How does chewing food properly helps digestion?
When you chew more, you grind the food in smaller pieces;
more saliva is produced and mixed with food. This of course makes it
easy to swallow and digest food and your digestion needs all the help it
can get to make digestion easy if you have a digestion problem.
When you chew food, you do slow down. You are not gulping
down food any more. That means you are giving time to your brain to
understand how much your stomach has filled up.
When you chew, your tongue has more time to know the flavor. This results in the message to the brain and the digestive system to send the correct digestive juices in the stomach.
Chewing your food well means you are not likely to overeat (which can happen when you are eating fast, gulping food down). That means no overload to your digestive system; no unnecessary extra calories in your body and you can have effective weight loss and maintain it. You are more likely to eat smaller portions when you are relaxed and are chewing properly.
When you are chewing food slowly, you are paying attention to the texture of the food along with the taste. This makes eating more enjoyable
and not just a stomach filling activity. You are worshiping/feeding
the fire in your belly (your hunger) which nourishes your body. Not just
filling your stomach bag with some food.
You are also avoiding the risk of the digestive problems such as
gas and stomach ache.
So think it over. This is one healthy eating habit that you can get used to which results in so many benefits. So it is definitely worth taking up and follow.
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