Have you ever considered how affective you chew your food? Do you chew your food for vitality or survival?
Chewing your food is the first step in nourishing your body.
Saliva is the first enzyme preparing your body to absorb, nourish and assimilate nutrients. This is called saliva amylase, which begins in the digestive process by breaking down starch when you chew your food, and converting it into a carbohydrate. Even when you “think” about food your brain will kick in the saliva process to begin. Try it.
Try chewing starchy foods such as sweet potatoes or rice in your mouth until liquid. Yes, until liquid. Does it have a slight sweetness to it?
The second enzyme for breaking down food starts in your pancreas. Cells in your pancreas make another type of amylase called pancreatic amylase. This passes through a duct to reach your small intestine. Pancreatic amylase completes your digestion of carbs producing glucose (a small molecule absorbed into your blood) and carried throughout your body. Glucose supplies almost all the energy for the brain.
Special cells in your stomach produce an inactive enzyme, pepsinogen, which changes into pepsin when it contacts the acid environment in your stomach. Pepsin breaks certain chemical bonds in proteins, producing smaller molecules called peptides and helps to digest protein. Your pancreas makes trypsin and chymotrypsin, enzymes that are released into your small intestine through the pancreatic duct. When partially digested food moves from your stomach into your intestine, trypsin and chymotrypsin complete protein digestion, producing simple amino acids that are absorbed into your circulation.
Wouldn’t it be scary to see what is actually in our small intestine? Could there be a parasite hiding in there? Could it be undigested food due to not properly chewing your food?
It is pretty scary to think that over time all the antibiotics, synthetic medication, over the counter medication, environmental toxins, pesticides, poor lifestyle choices from drugs, alcohol and even stress all tax our digestive tract.
Maybe its time to build up your immune system by eating seasonally? New research states that eating seasonally will help build up your good bacteria and improve your immune system.
Making a conscious decision to eliminate alcohol, sugar, processed foods, gluten and more will also help cleanse your digestive system and improve your mood. There are many additional bonuses such as reduced inflammation, improved mood and sleep too.
Fall is the best time to take a break and clean out the pipes by embracing seasonal eating and eliminate inflammatory lifestyle choices.
Fall is even the best time to try a colonic. Yes, colonic! We hold on to a lot of emotions in our gut too. Hence the belly bloat.
What will you do this season to bring your body back to balance before the holiday season kicks in?
To support those that desire making a small health conscious change I am offering a no-fee based 7-Day Mindful Chewing Challenge. You start whenever you are free to start.
Sign up on my website by entering your name and email address. We will reach out to your shortly and your program will be ready to roll. You will have daily support via email, videos and priceless mindful chewing tips.
Grab a friend and sign up today! Happy chewing. 🙂