It is a well-known fact that proper chewing is an absolute must for healthy and stable digestion. However, most of us do chew instinctively, often on the run and/or in a hurry and won’t care a dime about what happens to food when we chew it, why, and how it affects our health. Eventually, we end up with poor digestion and have no idea what has caused it. In many cases, the answer is quite simple: it is our lifestyle and resulting habits that make us forget about a ‘little’ thing like healthy eating!
It is a well-known fact that proper chewing is an absolute must for healthy and stable digestion. However, most of us do chew instinctively, often on the run and/or in a hurry and won’t care a dime about what happens to food when we chew it, why, and how it affects our health. Eventually, we end up with poor digestion and have no idea what has caused it. In many cases, the answer is quite simple: it is our lifestyle and resulting habits that make us forget about a ‘little’ thing like healthy eating!What we are going to focus on here is just Sabbath school truth. Chewing (mastication) is the very first stage of the entire digestion chainwork: we use our teeth, jaws, tongue, and saliva to prepare the food for further movement along the digestive tract. Here the food undergoes a massive transformation. The teeth and tongue break it down into smaller pieces and churn it into a liquefied mass, which should pass along easily without damage to the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Saliva contains ferments (lingual lipase), which break down fats, carbohydrates, proteins, etc.
More nutrientsAnother reason why chewing is vital is that it is easier for the body to absorb nutrients from well-churned mass than from solid pieces. Therefore, the longer and more thoroughly you chew your meal, the more healthy nutrients enter your blood system and participate in the formation of your body.
Ease the work for your intestinal bacteriaWe chew with the goal of making it easier for bacteria in our intestines to process the food. As food passes through the guts, bacteria pick up the baton and continue to break it down. Once a big and solid piece enters the intestines, the bacteria obliterate it, and it turns out to be a hard nut to crack for them. That leads to bacterial overgrowth, increased putrefaction and fermentation and, consequently, upset stomach (bloating, constipation, diarrhea, etc.)
Avoid physical damagePoorly chewed food particles can be too hard and may damage the mucous membrane of your esophagus, stomach, and intestines. If you have this kind of problem, the damage may become chronic and pose a permanent danger for you digestive organs. This leads to ulceration and impedes the intake of healthy nutrients.
Train your teeth!Proper and lengthy chewing gives the bone that supports your teeth a decent exercise, keeps them strong and makes them more resistant to the aggressive influence of many food components.
Chewing boosts ferment secretionAs you chew, the brain signals your body to produce and release enzymes and thus programs it to process the food properly. The more time you spend chewing, the bigger amount of enzymes get into the intestinal tract and into the food. This helps your body to extract healthy nutrients from the incoming food stuff.
Control your weight!Your brain regulates food satisfaction levels, and it takes about 30 minutes for it to decide whether or not you have satisfied your need, following a meal. A study showed that people, who chew more thoroughly and for a longer time, reach higher satiety levels than those who don’t, even though the actual intake is lower. This creates a good basis for maintaining healthy weight.
Enjoy your delicious meal!You know, when you do a good thing, it pays back well! If you take your time and churn every little piece, you will be able to enjoy its taste to the tiniest flavor. And vice versa, when you gobble, you may not even remember the taste, because you do not actually feel it.
This little article explains why your mommy and daddy wanted you to chew a spoonful of sweet porridge before giving you another one. If you have sketched a healthy and nutritious diet for yourself, that’s great. However, it is proper chewing that makes the whole story. If you want all these healthy nutrients to reach the destination point, chew the way for them!