“Between 30-40 percent of us complain about digestive issues, accounting for 104.7 million doctor visits a year. In 2004, about 69% of all doctors visits were for digestive issues and in 2007, 4 of the top 20 drugs were for GI issues. Further more, in 2008, Nexium and Prilosec, both used for heartburn, were the third and fourth best selling drugs in the U.S.” – Digestive Wellness by Elizabeth Lipski
So often we are eating at our desks or on-the-go that we don’t take time to recognize how we are eating. We eat so quickly, barely chewing our food, let alone taking a breath and then we wash it down with some liquid. This method of eating creates a very difficult task for the digestive system.
Chewing your food is an essential part of the digestive process that should not be left out. How you eat is just as important, if not more important, than what you eat.
So the next time that you sit down to eat, take a deep breath and think about chewing your food. Experiment with chewing between 15-20 times before you swallow and attempt to cut back on the amount of liquid consumed during mealtimes.