What Happens When You Don’t Chew Your Food Properly?
At the outset of any meal, digestion begins in our mouths. Proper chewing increases saliva production which contains epithelial growth factor which supports healthy gut lining.
Predigesting food helps reduce digestive issues such as gas, bloating, acidity and constipation.
1. Incomplete Digestion
Chewing food properly increases the surface area of particles, which aids digestion. Chewing also mixes your food with saliva which contains enzymes that break down carbohydrates more effectively. Failing to chew enough may allow larger particles into your digestive tract which lead to gas, bloating or constipation issues.
Tooth decay also prevents proper chewing of your food, leading to too rapid of an intake rate and leading to overeating. This is especially detrimental when trying to lose weight as too fast of eating will confuse the brain into thinking you are full sooner than is true and may result in nutritional deficiencies from food not getting digested properly.
Resolve to enjoy every meal in a calm and soothing setting and savor each bite, to increase enjoyment while helping the body digest food more efficiently and reduce negative symptoms like gas, bloating and constipation. Also, taking more time to enjoy each bite may help you eat less by forcing you to chew each bite 20-30 times before swallowing. However, this may depend on the consistency of the food: for soft cereal like oatmeal it might only require several chews while nuts may require several. Experiment to see what works for you! Consider taking a digestive enzyme supplement to enhance digestion and nutrient absorption, or having a varied diet with lots of different foods to give your digestive system something new to digest, thus avoiding overworked systems or enzymes.
Chewing aids digestion by increasing food surface area and mixing them with saliva that contains enzymes to begin breaking down carbohydrates. Without sufficient chewing, our bodies might be unable to properly absorb all the necessary nutrients found in our foods and this could cause bloating.
Bloating may also be caused by your stomach not receiving enough acid to digest your food properly; this could be an indicator that you aren’t chewing your food thoroughly enough and as such is helping your body gain all its vital nutrients, while reducing digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, acid reflux and indigestion.
Allow yourself the time and space to fully appreciate each bite you eat; aim for 20 to 32 chews per bite of food. Although this may seem excessive, taking time to focus on how your food tastes and feels in your mouth is crucial for successful nutrition and weight management. Eating slowly will also help ensure you stop when you are full, avoiding overeating and subsequent weight gain.
If you are experiencing bloating or digestive issues, make some modifications to your eating habits. Try eating slower, chewing your food more thoroughly and decreasing sugar consumption from processed foods. Keep a food diary to see which items might be triggering digestive distress. If this doesn’t help, book an appointment with your physician so they can assess the source of the issue; they may recommend performing either a gastroscopy or colonoscopy and sample any abnormalities they detect in your digestive tract.
3. Acid Reflux
Chewing food slowly isn’t just beneficial in terms of taste or avoiding choking; it also plays an integral part in digestion. Slowly chewing your food allows your stomach to break it down more effectively and thus decrease gas, bloat, and abdominal discomfort symptoms.
Your saliva produces enzymes to start the digestive process when you eat, breaking down large particles into smaller ones for easy digestion. But when you chew incorrectly, these enzymes cannot do their work and may lead to incomplete digestion resulting in various health complications.
Acid reflux occurs when your stomach contents rise into your throat and esophagus, disrupting your body’s natural process for digesting food by improper chewing or overeating at once. While occasional heartburn is likely harmless, frequent reflux could indicate more serious health concerns.
Digesting requires your saliva to break down fats and proteins into smaller molecules so they can be digested by your stomach, but if you fail to chew your food correctly, fatty acids won’t be broken down properly and will enter your intestines unbroken – leading to issues with digestion, bloating, constipation or even low energy levels as your body won’t absorb all its needed nutrients.
The digestive process begins in the mouth and chewing correctly helps start it off right. By stimulating saliva production which contains enzymes that break down and digest food, proper chewing helps stimulate proper stomach signals to signal when we have had enough and prevent overeating. Furthermore, proper chewing makes our meals more enjoyable by slowing down eating time so we can savor each bite more fully.
Avoid distractions while eating to ensure you are chewing each piece of food properly, like watching TV or using your phone. A great way to ensure proper chewing is counting how many times each bite was chewed before swallowing; 32 is generally recommended per bite.
Non-chewing of food properly can result in various digestive issues, including gas, bloating and constipation. Furthermore, improper chewing could mean you’re not getting all of the nutrition from your food sources and may lead to nutrient deficiencies as a result. If this issue continues to plague you it might be worth speaking with a dietician or physician for additional advice and guidance.
Constipation is one of the most prevalent gastrointestinal ailments in America. There can be multiple causes for constipation, such as eating too little fiber, not drinking enough fluids and failing to chew food properly; hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy or postpartum; not chewing food properly when pregnant; not chewing enough when postpartum; not being chewy when chewing food properly, not being pregnant/postpartum) etc. If you’re suffering from constipation it is wise to visit your physician to discuss treatment options; blood and urine tests may be ordered while rectal exam may also take place if necessary.
5. Weight Gain
Chewing is essential because it breaks food into smaller pieces that are easily digested by our bodies. Failure to chew properly may cause digestive issues like bloating and constipation as well as weight gain as food cannot be broken down properly and nutrients taken up by your body.
Recommended as part of proper digestion, chewing food at least 15 times is known as “mastication.” This process serves as the initial mechanical step in digestion as well as mixing your food with saliva to allow chemical digestion processes such as enzyme-powered digestion to begin. Furthermore, moistening helps make for easier swallowing!
Chewing also helps prevent the growth of bacteria in food. Certain strains of bacteria can have adverse effects on digestion, but chewing will ensure that food remains nutritious for body and digestive system alike.
As another benefit of chewing, it can also help slow the pace of eating and help avoid overeating as your brain takes longer to register when you are satisfied. Furthermore, chewing will allow for enhanced flavor experiences and enjoyment!
If your food is being chewed incorrectly, then it may be time for a change. Aim to eat slowly and chew each bite 20-30 times before swallowing it – this will promote proper digestion, nutrient absorption and reduced the risk of digestive issues like bloating, gas and constipation.