Chewing your food is a very important first stage in the digestive process. Become more mindful about this....and also what you chew on! You, very literally, are what you eat - choose nutrient dense, real food to build your health and well-being from the inside.
The Mind-Body Connection:
These days, in keeping with our current theme of constantly rushing and being busy, our meals are rushed events and often disconnected from the social interactions that have traditionally been a part of our eating rituals. "Breathing our food", "scoffing" or "wolfing it down"...many expressions for how we treat our meal times. This rushed eating environment is a trigger for a stress response as you are telling your body there is no time for eating, so already we are priming ourselves for poor digestion - digestion is one of the functions that are down regulated when you are stressed (see Breathe) - and when you don't chew your food properly, it is not adequately prepared for the rest of the digestive tract and this can affect your gut health. More and more research is indicating that gut health has a huge influence on your emotional and mental health.
Practice these simple ways to get the most from your food:
1. Chewing and Attention: A Positive Effect on Sustained Attention: BioMed Research International, Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 367026, 6 pages https://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2015/367026/
2. Video by Dr Lustig, a paediatric endocrinologist who presents the truth about sugar, fructose and alcohol. "Sugar: The Bitter Truth"