Do you regularly have gas, bloating, bad breath, heartburn, or indigestion?
If any of those symptoms are regular for you, then you are not digesting your food well. This means that your body is not receiving the full nutrition of the foods you are attempting to feed it.
These are just the obvious immediate results of bad digestion. Long-term results include:
- Often sick
- Lack of energy
Your health is dependent on a healthy digestive system. Without a properly functioning digestive system, your health does not have the fuel to build a strong body. Our body needs food to create energy to feed its cells and to do all the bodily functions that keep us alive. Calories in food create energy or fuel for the body.
5 Ways to Improve Your Digestion
1. Chew Your Food Well
- Okay, this is going to sound like a lot, but it is best to chew our food 30 to 50 times each bite. That is not much when you know about what macrobiotics recommends: their rule is to chew each mouthful 100 times! In 1978, I went to a summer macrobiotic camp; all 30 of us would sit in a big circle all chewing for a long time for each meal. I found it very funny watching us being so intent on chewing.
- Chewing your food increases saliva and digestive enzymes and juices to digest your food. We can produce 2 gallons of saliva a day! When all of your food is digested well, the efficiency of the digestion will give you more nutrients to run your body. How can food that is in chunks be digested in your stomach? I am sure you must have noticed whole bits of foods in your stools. There are no teeth in your stomach or intestines, so put those teeth in your mouth to work!
“When engaged in eating, the brain should be the servant of the stomach.” ― Agatha Christie
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