Most folks have forgotten, or were never taught, that they actually need to chew their food and masticate it with their own saliva to properly digest it.
If we do NOT chew our food we risk indigestion, acid reflux, gerd, IBS, bloating, gas, weight gain, diabetes and auto-immune thyroid conditions like Hashimoto’s and Graves.
I had a client with hypothyroid that told me she gained over forty pounds in one year. That’s quite a heavy load!
I asked her to please focus on chewing her food.
She said, “Chewing? What?? I’m 54 years old. I am not a little baby. I know how to chew my food.”
I said, “okay, I totally get that. But, just for fun, for the next two weeks I want you to focus on chewing your food. Let me know how many times you actually chew something before swallowing it. And, let’s see if you can get to twenty-five chews per mouthful. Okay?”
The next time we spoke she said she couldn’t believe it! She noticed that she chewed only three or four times, max, before swallowing.
That means whole pieces of un-chewed food were sliding right down her throat and burdening her digestive system.
We simply can’t process food that way.
Humans are not designed like lions and tigers and sharks. We cannot just bite and swallow our food.
But, that is what many people are doing.
To heal any digestive troubles we absolutely NEED to CHEW our food.
When we chew, the parotid gland releases enzymes into the mouth that combine with saliva and helps us start the process of digestion.
Clients are always amazed at what happens when they actually begin using their teeth to chew.
I had another client that had been suffering with acid reflux for over ten years – she also had hyperthyroid. Many auto-immune thyroid conditions like Hashimoto’s (that leads to hypothyroid) and graves (that can lead to hyperthyroid) can originate from underlying digestive dysfunctions.
Over 70% of our immune system lives in our gut. If the gut is out of balance, immunity can be compromised on many levels.
To support and heal auto-immune conditions, digestive problems need to be addressed.
When my hyperthyroid client slowed down, relaxed while eating, and began chewing her food, her ten-year acid reflux problem disappeared within three days.
It’s not magic.
It’s simply the way we are designed.
When people begin chewing food they naturally eat less, feel more satisfied, digest food better, lose weight (if needed) and heal their body.
Chewing is the miraculous cure that most folks are not talking about.
I wonder if that’s because it doesn’t cost any money to chew food?
Chewing is absolutely FREE! All you have to do is put your chompers to work.
You don’t have to purchase any expensive supplements or digestive enzymes. Simply chew your food to activate the digestive enzymes you are naturally born with.
The next time you sit down to a meal remember… Take Human Bites! And, chew your food.
I’m curious… how many times did you chew your meals today before swallowing?
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Andrea Beaman is a internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching individuals and health practitioners how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.