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Chewing (To chew, or not to chew)

 

TO CHEW, OR NOT TO CHEW

 

We are bombarded by meal products that are "instant" or "quick". The impression we get is that having a meal is a chore that should be done as quickly as possible. Actually the opposite is true: we need to be relaxed when we eat so that nerve energy is distributed to the digestive system.

 

The action of chewing has several purposes:

 

• mechanically reducing the food into very small bits (a puréed state), preserving the delicate mucous layer in the digestive tract
• stimulating the excretion of saliva (containing enzymes that break down carbohydrates) and thoroughly mixing this with the food
• alerting the other digestive organs to the fact that food is on its way so that the production of different digestive enzymes, gastric juices, bile, etc. is set in motion
• allowing us to experience fully the taste of what we are eating
• adjusting to temperature of the food closer to body temperature

 

• slowing down the rate of food intake so the stomach has time to send a "full enough, thank you" signal in time
• giving us more time to consider how to respond to the mealtime conversation .

 

From the above list it is obvious that not chewing our food well enough contributes to poor digestion.

 

Some people like to chew chewing gum for long periods of time. Imagine how your body sets all systems in motion for the food it is expecting, only to find that there is nothing to digest except your stomach lining!

 

My take on chewing:

 

A beneficial way to use chewing gum may be a few minutes before and after a meal, preparing the body to digest the food and adding some extra chewing at the end.
• Even when having a smoothie or soup one should swish it thoroughly through the mouth, simulating the chewing action.
• Less eating, more chewing.

 

So choose your "chews" wisely until next time!

 

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Recommended Books

-         Recipe books

  1. Rawlicous: Delicious Recipes for Radiant Health
  2. Nourishing Traditions

 

Books about trauma and TRE®:

  1. Berceli (2008): The Revolutionary Trauma Release Process: Transcend Your Toughest Times
  2. Levine (2010): In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness
  3. Scaer (2005): The Trauma Spectrum
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Health Basics 

-        Water

      Aim to drink about 2 litres water (including herbal infusions) per day, and increase according to thirst in summer and when exercising.  Preferably use activated carbon filtered water to remove chlorine and endocrine disruptors.  If you don’t have access to a filter jug or filtration system, stand tap water in an open container to allow the chlorine to evaporate.  Drink sips throughout the day, swirling the water in the mouth to mix with saliva before swallowing. 

-         Salt

       Avoid synthetically iodated processed (free running) salt.  Use natural sea salt or Himalayan  salt.  Salt increases the release of amylase, an enzyme produced in your mouth for the digestion of the starches in plant materials.

       Sunlight

      Get your 15-20 minutes of sunlight per day by having your lunch outside.  Don’t wear sunglasses as these prevent your retina from manufacturing vitamin D.  It’s fine to be in the shade or wear a hat, as UV rays are reflected.

Sleep 

Try for 7-8 hours of sleep per night.  Preferably sleep at least from 10 pm, as the main period for the production of melatonin, a powerful protector against cancer, is up to midnight.  Avoid sleeping pills as these disrupt the normal sleep cycles required for recovery and balance in the body and mind.  Sleep in total darkness if possible.

What to eat 

  • Variety, moderation
  • 80 % alkaline forming and 20 % acid forming
  • Himalayan or natural sea salt
  • Good fats: use only saturated fates for heating (like butter and coconut oil) and use polyunsaturated oils only in cold pressed and unhydrogenated form

How to eat: rules of the stomach 

Eat when you are moderately hungry, stop when you are comfortably full.  Be relaxed.  Be well hydrated, but drink only a little water with a meal.  Celebrate the gift of food.  Eat consciously: experience your food with as many senses as possible (yes, eat with your hands if you want to!).  Take small bites, chew well before swallowing.  Relax a while after eating.

Relaxation

Breathe deeply.  Stretch your muscles.  Sing.  Sometimes do “nothing”.

Exercise 

Find a form of movement that you like and do it for at least 20 minutes at a time 3 times a week.

Loving relationships

Surround yourself with positive people and be one of them!