When it comes to improving your digestion, the first question that comes to mind for most people is “what should I eat?”.
The truth is how you eat has a profound effect on your digestion.
Digestion is essentially the process of extracting useful nutrients from food to fuel our survival needs and help us function optimally.
In this process, our eating behaviours can influence the biochemical expression of enzymes, the mechanical breakdown of tougher fibres and macronutrients, and the brain-gut connection.
You’ll see that the way we consume food can be a great place to start to begin building robust digestion since it requires no financial investment or equipment, all it takes is mindfulness.
3 eating behaviours that promote better digestion:
1, Chew each bite 25x
The mouth is the first mechanical step in breaking down food.
The goal here is to turn solid food into an almost-liquid mush and to thoroughly coat each bite with salivary amylase, a carbohydrate digestive enzyme found in your saliva.
Enzymes are chemical assistants that help reduce nutrient molecules to their smallest, most absorbable forms.
And chewing 25 times gives you a good reference point for how finely ground each bite of food should be before you swallow it down your esophagus and into the stomach.
If you take smaller bites, you are more likely to easily and completely do the above. Bigger bites can also lead to swallowing more air, which can cause uncomfortable bloating.