I have been talking about toxins and detoxing the body for health and weight issues. There is another issue that is in this discussion that effects the body. It is called incomplete digestion.
What the heck does that mean…. incomplete digestion and what does it do to the body? Great questions.
Food is broken down in the mouth, stomach and upper intestines before being absorbed into to blood stream as very small molecules. If the food has not been digested completely, then larger food particles enter the blood stream. This happens when we do not chew our food well, lack digestive enzymes, or have low stomach acid.
When larger food particles enter the blood the body responds to it like it is a toxin. There is an inflammatory response and the liver has to work harder to clean up the mess. This stresses the immune system.
Here are some things you can do to help your body completely digest the food you eat.
The first thing is to chew, chew, and chew your food. Digestion starts in the mouth. There are enzymes there that are only in the mouth. We need to chew our food until it becomes liquid in the mouth. That is about 40 or 50 chews per mouthful. It is a little bit of a challenge if you are used to chomping 3 or 4 times and then sending the mash down the hatch.
How do you chew for 40 or more times? First you have to be conscious of chewing a long time. You will have to keep rolling the mixture forward with your tongue. Do this until it is liquid. It will make the rest of digestion much easier on your body.
The second thing you can do is to eat whole foods and raw foods. Raw foods contain the enzymes needed to digest the food. These enzymes are lost in cooking. Include some raw foods every day. That includes salads, raw vegetables, fruits, sushi, juicing, to name a few.
Remember to chew, chew, chew your food!
Blessings, Mary Pat
Mary Pat FitzGibbons RN MS writes on weight and health issues for women of the baby boomer generation helping to make “one healthy choice at a time.