Easy Health Tip: Chew the Fat…and the Carbs

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!

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About Abby

I am a fictional literary character. I work as a massage therapist in Ellicott City, MD, and in my spare time I help the local police solve crimes. In my former life I was a corporate lawyer. I graduated from Cornell University, Harvard Law, and the Baltimore School of Massage. To keep fit I run and practice yoga.
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