Rule 49 - Eat slowly.

I'm guilty of this and I know most of you are too: inhaling our food.

Digestion starts in the mouth. Mastication (chewing) helps to increase the surface area, so that enzymes in saliva (alpha-amylase and lingual lipase) can start to break down starch (carbohydrate) and fat. The more you chew, the easier it is for your digestive system:

  • less stress is placed on the esophagus with smaller portions vs big chunks
  • stimulates hydrochloric acid production in the stomach
  • allows food to move more easily from the stomach to the small intestine
  • stimulates secretion of digestive enzymes & bicarbonate from the pancreas into the small intestine -- all needed for healthy digestion and eventually absorption
  • maintains a healthy probiotic population in your colon
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