We’re constantly telling our nine year old son to chew his food. He has a habit of taking big bites of whatever he’s eating and finishing in a few big gulps. More often than not, he has a tummy ache 10 minutes later. This got me to thinking about the reasons why we should thoroughly chew our food and what the benefits are.
I came upon a great article highlighting 7 reasons why chewing your food is important.
One of the reasons that will appeal to those of you who are trying to lose weight is that research has shown that chewing your food longer can actually prevent weight gain and may also cause some weight loss. If you think about it, it makes sense. The more you chew, the longer it takes to eat your meal and the greater likelihood that you will feel full sooner and eat less calories.
There are some other great reasons, several relating to the impact proper mastication has on the bacterial flora in your gut and intestines, which has a direct connection to symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and other digestive issues. One of the questions we often ask patients who come to us with these symptoms is “how long are you chewing your food?” More often than not, patients can’t really answer accurately, because the habit of chewing is ingrained in each of us, and we just don’t pay that much attention to it.
Just the simple act of paying attention to your chewing can make all the difference in the world.
Chewing your food longer may seem silly, but when you realize it can aid digestion, improve nutrient absorption, reduce tooth plaque, help you maintain a healthy weight, and allow you to actually enjoy the taste of your food, you begin to realize that it can be very important for overall health.
Enjoy the article, and have fun enjoying your next, relaxing meal.
Michael Lenz RPh, is a partner in Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga. He has over 15 years experience in custom compounding. Michael has received extensive training in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and Adrenal Fatigue. He is an advocate for healthy eating and proper nutritional supplementation, and speaks frequently on the subjects of hormone health, nutrition and wellness. Michael is currently enrolled in the Institute For Functional Medicine’s Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner Program. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and 4 children.