Do you suffer from poor digestion, bloating, stomach aches, constipation or diarrhea? There might be something you’re not doing.

This is by far the simplest, most effective way you can work on improving your digestion right away. And it won’t cost you even a penny, maybe just some of your time. You might be surprised by how much your gut health improves.

The answer; chew your food more. Now this might sound simple enough, but so often people rush through their meals and aren’t consciously chewing their food enough so it’s ready to enter the other digestive phases.

Where Digestion Starts

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What most people don’t know is that the digestive process starts in the mouth. You may have rolled your eyes when your mother or grandmother told you, “slow down and chew your food.” But it turns out that this is actually pretty sound advice. 

When we chew our food, the digestive enzyme amylase is released through our saliva and begins the process of breaking down starches.

When the amylase doesn’t get enough time to interact with the food, it skips the important first step of the digestive process. This is when you can run into common problems like acid reflux, bloating and general digestive discomfort.

Slow It Down

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A good rule of thumb is to chew each bite of food at least 30 times. Now I’m not saying to sit there and count every chew of every bite of food that goes into your mouth every time you eat. But it’s useful to get an idea of how long this really takes. For most people, this will likely double the amount of time you spend eating.

Additionally, when you eat too quickly your body can’t catch up to let your brain know when you’re actually full. Slowing down helps you to only eat what your body needs. Furthermore, it can help you avoid the digestive discomfort that comes along with overeating.

Enjoy Your Food & Relax

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Instead of rushing through your meals, take your time and be mindful of what you are eating. When you slow down and thoroughly chew every bite of food that enters your body it opens the space for more enjoyment and gratitude.

Eating slowly and chewing your food can also help you relax and reduce your body’s stress levels. These things might not seem important, but they’ll do more for your health than any green juice ever will.

Slow down, and start thoroughly enjoying every bite you eat. Your gut will thank you!

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