We’ve all been advised by now that we are what we eat, but given the overwhelming amount of chronic disease and debilitating illnesses out there it’s about time that we look at how we eat as well. Can we be healthy if we eat the freshest, best foods but don’t think about how we’re chewing food? Natural health expert, Dr. Mercola, says that: “The chewing process, also known as mastication, is actually extremely important, however, and serves as the first step in your digestive process. The way you chew, including how long you chew, can significantly impact your health in ways you likely never knew.”
With so many people suffering from digestive issues, from acid reflux to IBS, it follows that we spend more buying over the counter medication than thinking about small changes we can make that have a large impact on the way we feel. With that in mind, have a look at our list of 10 clues that you need to spend more time chewing food.
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1. Big Chomper
More than likely, your bites are too big. With everyone in a hurry these days, eating usually involves as few bites as possible and insufficient time with each bite. That first important step of digestion gets cut short so that the stomach has to work harder to liquefy food to pass onto the intestines.