Undigested Food Can Cause Constipation, Bloating & Gas
So I know how difficult it can be to just do something like EAT properly.
And I don’t mean COOK properly. I’m not talking about WHAT you eat.
I’m talking about HOW you eat – putting our teeth to the purpose they were created for: CHEWING.
It’s so easy to gulp stuff down, once we’ve chomped on it a few times.
Sure it fits down the throat, but it needs to be a lot smaller if it’s going to absorb through the walls of your small intestine.
At least, that’s what I thought.
I think all of our grandmothers used to say…
“Chew Your Food 32 Times”
Well, that’s good advice. One that people used to ACTUALLY follow when mealtime was a time to connect with other people, enjoy nature and reflect on the day. You know, back when it was a form of relaxing entertainment.
Nowadays, we have “higher” forms of entertainment: IPads, IPhones, bursting email inboxes and 500 TV stations.
Most of us here in North America don’t enjoy the 90 minute lunch breaks they do in Europe.
North America is a Type A Personality continent. We are driven by the need to be highly productive, make more money and get more stuff (even though most of us fail at these three goals miserably).
We often ignore our needs. You know the old saying, “We spend the first 50 years of our life making money and losing our health, so we can spend the last 50 years losing our money to get our health back.”
The point I’m getting at is that you NEED to make time for chewing your food.
PLEASE take me seriously on this one. It sounds so simple. But very, very important.
You don’t have to count 32 times each mouthful. You may want to do that the first mouthful as it may help you slow down.
But you need to chew until you don’t feel anything solid in your mouth. You need to break it down by thoroughly mixing it with your saliva. Many of the foods we eat require enzymes in your mouth to start breaking them down.
Most importantly, food needs to be small when it hits your stomach. The enzymes and acid in your stomach have only a couple of hours to breakdown the food before it hits the small intestine. If you’re sending large chunks down to your stomach, only the outer coating of the food will be diminished.
When these large chunks of food hit your small intestine, they won’t fully be digested and absorbed. Instead they become food for unhealthy bacteria in your colon. These bacteria produce toxins that damage your colon wall and gas that causes constipation, bloating and flatulence.
Plus, the increased number of bad bacteria weakens the good guys (probiotics) who actually help stimulate the pumping movement of your colon.
Incompletely Chewed Food Becomes Toxic in Your Colon. It Does Not Nourish You.
So you need to make sure that when you eat, you chew. Chew until it’s liquid.
You’ll probably find that less food will satisfy you (as you’ll be absorbing more). You’ll also find you enjoy your meals more.
It’s sad, but in our society, people almost look upon it as strange if they see you thoroughly chewing your food instead of wolfing it down.
Let’s face it… anything out of the normal rat-race lifestyle is going to raise an eyebrow.
If you eat in a public place, alone, you may want to bring a book or magazine. If people see you reading, they assume that’s why it’s taking you longer to eat.
If you’re eating a meal with others, chewing teaches you to become more of a listener. Most of the time people aren’t really hearing what the other is saying. They’re just waiting for them to finish so they can say what they want.
You’ll feel calmer and attract more true friends, if you can be a good listener.
So learn to fully digest what people are saying. Don’t be in a rush to keep on adding your 14-cents worth. You’ll only be clogging up your mind with “talkativeness.”
In my volume, 37 Constipation Relief Strategies for Women, Strategy #23 on page 26, I show you…
• A Healthy Snack That’ll Clog You Up: You may be snacking on this nutritious food because you want to improve your health or decrease weight. This food family is loaded with healthy protein, iron, potassium and good oils. But one out of two varieties takes forever to be properly chewed. Instead, I have several ways you can consume it, enjoy it even more (as these methods draw out the flavour) and not suffer constipation as a result.
• Why Restaurant Food is Constipating You: In two short paragraphs I’ll show exactly what you need to watch out for at restaurants (as well as your own kitchen!). If the waiter serves you food like this, send it back with instructions to make it edible.
• Cooking Rice and Grains to Perfection: Most people cook their rice, barley, millet, etc. only half-done. In Strategy #23 I’ll show how to prepare grains so that their FULL flavour comes out (they’ll taste so good all you’ll need is a little salt). Plus, I’ll show you a simple method to know, without a doubt, if they have been cooked soft enough for your tummy.
This strategy, along with 36 other natural strategies for constipation, is revealed in my collection of 37 Constipation Relief Strategies for Women.
I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how concise I’ve made the information. It’s not loaded with theories and drawn out explanations of how your colon works. Most of the strategies are half a page to one-page long. You can get started using the strategies within minutes of opening the volume.
Dr. Karlo Mauro, BSc, BA, MSEd, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Constipation Relief Strategies For Women