Mastication – Digestion

Mastication simply means Chewing and is the first part of the digestive process. The more we chew and grind down our food, the easier it is for the rest of the system to break it down, absorb nutrients and eliminate waste. You have an enzyme in your saliva called Amylase. This enzyme begins the carbohydrate digestion. Again, the longer you give yourself to grind down your food and mix it with saliva, the better you will digest and ultimately feel in general So “Drink your Food and Chew your Drink”.

The other organs of your digestive system will appreciate it too as it gives them more time to get ready for what’s to come.

Another interesting fact is that certain food combinations can negate the action of the amylase enzyme. For example, eating tomatoes with bread or pasta slows down or inhibits the start of carb digestion. How do you feel after eating Pizza? Spag Bol? (Student speak for Spaghetti Bolognese)

By the way, how did your check-in with your digestive system go last week? Have you noticed any areas of discomfort or an irregularity in bowel movement you were not aware of so far?  If so, just keep checking in and become aware of, first of all, what it is that passes your lips. Often we are so unconscious of things we eat. Next, start feeling into your gut after eating and explore how certain foods make you feel. Sometimes we have an instant reaction like yawning, getting really tired, feeling bloated with an extended abdomen at times even.

Here’s another little quiz for you:

How many major  tastes do we experience on our tongues?
There are 6 of them. All of them are essential for the proper functioning of the digestive organism.

Click here for a rather graphic but absolutely brilliant video of the digestive system. It really is another world in there – it’s like we have an alien planet living inside us!

Click on my face also for a video chat about STOMACH ACID and a couple more tips and insights.

One of my super favourite digestive allrounder products is this baby:

GI Natural™ Drink Powder

It has everything to regulate, nourish and improve all processes. Have a look. I’ve been taking it for a couple of months now and will for another while. Taking it before my main meals seems to have a really balancing effect.

Thanks again and happy chewing!

 

Suzan