Most People Think Digestion Begins in the Stomach

Digestion initially begins in the mouth. As you start to chew your food, digestive enzymes found in saliva actually begin to break food down preparing for nutrient absorption. It’s important to chew your food thoroughly to achieve maximum absorption of all your vitamins and minerals.

Focus on Chewing Exercise

To get into the habit of chewing foods thoroughly, try counting the chews in each bite that you take. Aim for 30 to 50 times. Try to place your utensils down between bites. This will help you better concentrate on chewing. Chew every mouthful of food at least 30 times each, until the food becomes liquid. 
Chewing breaks down food and makes it easier on the stomach and small intestine. 
Saliva assists in the digestion of carbohydrates.

Saliva makes the food more alkaline, which may create less gas. If you are under pressure or stress at meals, take deep breaths, chew, and let the simple act of chewing relax you. Take the time to chew as it will help you enjoy the whole spectrum of tastes and aromas that make up the meal. This will make you feel more satiated and satisfied after a meal.

Here are Some Chewing Suggestions…


Before eating:

  • Wash hands
  • Shower or wash face to help relax
  • Turn off the television, radio or telephone
  • Do not read
  • Find a clean quiet place to eat
  • Light a candle or play soft music
  • Stretch & breathe
  • Align your posture and breathe

During your meal:

  • Place a bite of food in your mouth
  • Put your utensils down between bites
  • Place your hands together while chewing
  • Begin chewing and deep breathing
  • Concentrate on what you’re eating/doing
  • Look at your food or something attractive, close your eyes partially or fully

After eating:

  • Say thanks
  • Sit and talk after your meal
  • Take a light stroll

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