Want a super easy tip for improving your digestion and losing weight? Chew your food!
I’m serious. Very few people really chew their food well. Digestion starts in the mouth with saliva, which contains enzymes that break down carbohydrates. Molars are designed to crush and pulverize food. Together they ensure that when the food hits your stomach, it’s a liquidy mush.
If you rush through a meal, swallow large chunks of food, and wash bites down with water or soda, you are circumventing nature’s plan.
A Better Way to Eat
Take small bites and chew each mouthful 30-50 times – more, if you think it needs it. This will also serve to slow down your meal, allowing your satiety center to catch up with your mouth and help you feel full before you’ve gone back for seconds or thirds.
Try not to drink any liquids with your meal…or only a small amount of water, if necessary. Not only does it wash away the enzymes in the stomach intended to further break down the food, but it makes it too easy to wash down pieces that aren’t sufficiently lubricated with saliva.
Good luck, and let me know how it goes!