From a young age, we always hear “Make sure to chew your food properly”. Our parents usually say this so that we don’t choke. As we start to age, we’re left to do what we want and most of us end up eating too quickly. One of the best ways to improve your digestive system is to slow down while eating and chew exceptionally well. Here are some of the reasons:
Chewing produces saliva which is a lubricant that helps soften the food, making it easier to go down the throat.
Less saliva leaves the food dry and irritates the lining of the esophagus, leading to further problems.
Improper chewing allows large pieces of food to enter the digestive system. Pathogenic yeast acts on this food when it enters the stomach and intestine.
Yeast fermentation often occurs next which produces gas, bloating and indigestion.
Fermentation damages the intestinal lining causing irritation and inflammation.
Saliva contains lysozyme which supports a healthy immune system, as it destroys cell walls of bacteria found in food eaten. Chewing mixes lysozyme with food in the mouth and acts as a defence line against harmful bacteria.
Food can pass right through us without being absorbed efficiently so even if healthy food is eaten, it isn’t benefitting the body.
Remember to slow down while eating. Start by taking smaller bites and keeping food in your mouth for double the amount of time you usually would. This will help your digestive system and improve many other bodily functions.