What a concept! START DIGESTION RIGHT – CHEW YOUR FOOD (adopted from Dr Mercola’s website)
In today’s crazy time crunch world, we often neglect to savor the simple pleasures of life. For example, nothing matches the satisfaction of sharing a leisurely, healthy meal with family, friends and loved ones*.
Besides the obvious enjoyment of sharing meals with friends & family, there are powerful physiological reasons to take your time and thoroughly chew your food .
To begin, chewing mashes your food into small pieces and partially liquefies it, making it easier to digest.
Secondly, when food is in your mouth, it stimulates your saliva production. Saliva contains its own digestive enzymes, so the longer you chew, the more time these enzymes have to get to work while your food is still in your mouth. This makes it easier on your stomach and small intestine.
Physiologically, there’s a third reason to chew your food thoroughly. The chewing process stimulates a reflex that primes your pancreas and other digestive organs to do their jobs. It’s a brilliantly designed part of the automatic communication system that keeps your body’s organs working in harmony. Don’t mess it up by skipping the important first step — chew thoroughly!
If you’re a gum chewer, as some people on diets chew gum rather than eating food… here’s another important change you can make to save your digestive tract lots of stress:
Chewing gum interferes with the coordinated digestive tract reflexes described above.
“Every time you put a stick of gum in your mouth and start to chomp, your brain thinks you’re eating food. So it sends signals to your stomach, pancreas, and other digestive organs to get them ready to digest that food.
Your pancreas is fooled into manufacturing a batch of the digestive enzymes your brain thinks you’ll need.
If you keep this pattern going month after month, your pancreas gets exhausted from the repeated over-production. Then it won’t be able to produce the digestive enzymes you need when you actually require them.”
In this hurried world, even if you follow these important health habits, your digestive enzymes could still become depleted. The common results are usually annoying occasional bloating, minor abdominal discomfort, occasional constipation, and more. This can reduce your enjoyment of good foods and the nutritional benefit of the healthy diet you’re eating.
You may need some extra help with your digestive process. For many of us, digestive enzyme supplements can assist in digesting and absorbing our food. Taking a high quality digestive enzyme combination may help make your life and the enjoyment of good food easier.
One recommendation is Multizyme, a proteolytic (protein digesting) enzyme combination, from Standard Process, is a strong aid in breaking down foods. It contains pancreatin, fig, almond and pineapple and no hydrochloric acid (HCL).
Another is Zypan, a pepsin and HCL combination, aids with indigestion, flatulence, constipation, poor calcium & iron absorption and sudden dietary changes, (such as foreign travel).
For those who like herbals, a super product is DiGest, from Medi-Herb, a full spectrum digestive aid that promotes endogenous HCL, gastric enzymes & bile secretions ( which aid in fat digestion).
ProSynbiotic, by Standard Process is a natural food combination of probiotics and prebiotics that
- support gut flora
- help maintain a healthy gut environment
- support normal bowel regularity and consistency
- improve nutrient digestion/absorption
- support the body’s natural immune response
- contribute to absorption of calcium and magnesium
Use of one or several of these type digestive aids may help move your body into a more balanced state of being able to digest and truly utilize the foods you consume more easily and efficiently.
More to come…In the meantime, please do CHEW your food. You’ll enjoy life even more and your body will thank you. For information about the supplements, please feel free to email me. http://www.mchealthymatters.com/contact