If you suffer from poor digestion, bloating, stomach aches, constipation or diarrhea, odds are there’s one thing you’re not doing.
This is by far the simplest, most effective way to improve your digestion exponentially right away. You might be surprised by how incredibly easy improving your gut health really is.
The answer? Chew your food more! So simple right?! Yet so often people rush through their meals and aren’t consciously chewing their food, rushing to get to the next bite so they can get on with their day. That’s mindless eating at it’s best (or worst?)!
What most people don’t know is that the digestive process starts in the mouth. 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 even time to interact with the food, it skips this important first step of the digestive process!
This is when you run into common problems like acid reflux, bloating and general digestive discomfort. A good rule of thumb is to chew each bite of food at least 30 times. Now I’m not saying sit there and chew every bite of food that goes into your mouth for the rest of time. 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. I’m almost always the last person done with my meals at home, but I own it because I know I’m helping my entire digestive system out!
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 and avoid the digestive discomfort that comes along with overeating.
In France, Spain and Italy it’s much more common to take your time eating. In fact, when we traveled to Italy for our honeymoon back in July, we were shocked at how long people took at dinner. We were always the first ones out the door until it hit us that we should slow down!
These cultures have lower incidence of modern diseases and digestive disorders than North America, as well as a lower incidence of obesity. Makes sense!
When you slow down and thoroughly chew every bite of food that enters your body, it opens the space for more enjoyment and gratitude. These things might not seem important, but they’ll do more for your health than any green juice ever will.
So slow down, and start thoroughly enjoying every bite you eat, your belly will thank you.
I’ll be sharing strategies like these plus a ton more than I reserve exclusively for clients in my Love Your Gut group program! If you’re interested in running functional lab work to uncover what’s really going on down there and restoring your digestion for good, then I’d love to see you in this program! Details here: thrivebyfood.com/love-your-gut.
Also join me over on my free Facebook page where I’m always sharing information, tips and recipes to help you heal your gut.
Talk to you soon!
Kristin Thomas is a health coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner specialized in helping women with hormone, digestion, and autoimmune health concerns. Having gone through these health challenges herself, she now helps clients find their own path to complete wellness through practical and natural diet and lifestyle changes.
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