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We Chew Too Few

February 9, 2011

Anyone up for a burger and large coke? Take that first big bite followed by one small one and wash it down with some corn syrup and carbonated water. MMMM…the classic lunch. It is a daily site that drives me absolutely insane, and I see at almost any restaurant and even at family and friend gatherings.

Let’s think this through (in a watered down basic version)…the human body is designed to digest food. We know this to be true because we have energy to move and nutrition to repair and rebuild. When food passes the lips and enters the mouth, the body responds to the smell and taste of the food by secreting saliva. Saliva is filled with digestive enzymes, antibacterial compounds, water and other chemicals to aid in digestion and protection. There are also teeth in there that are designed to break down the larger pieces of food, so that the chemicals in saliva can have the opportunity to do there job. Yes, your teeth have a job outside of being shown off in pics with your “beautiful” smile.

The body then determines the amount of digestive enzymes from the pancreas to the duodenum, as well as the amount of acid to be created that is needed to continue the digestive process in the stomach. After a couple of hours in the stomach, it then travels to the small intestine where it meets the enzymes from the pancreas and bile that is donated from the gall bladder. Bile is created from the “leftovers” in the liver. It emulsifies fat, very much the same way you see Dawn dish detergent work in the kitchen. When this happens, the digestive enzymes protease and lipase get to do more work on proteins and lipids (fats) because there is more surface area to break down the food.

The food is now moving down the small intestine and being absorbed and assimilated into the blood stream. Any leftover foods that have not been broken down by enzymes throughout the intestinal tract are then enjoyed by bacteria or fungi. These bugs really have a good time when you do not chew your food. This is a gigantic problem that you may feel many times in the bathroom.

Here’s why. When you don’t chew to a liquid state (yes, you have to liquefy it) and just swallow or wash it down with sugar filled carbonated water, the body has to force the pancreas to create more enzymes and the stomach to potentially create more acid. If it is a food high in fat, then the gall bladder has to push more bile, which also forces the liver to work at a higher level. At this point, your body will be lucky to get a high percentage of what you ate to use, so as the food moves through the bacteria and fungi region more problems arise. And boy do they have a good time. Instead of YOU getting the opportunity to rebuild and repair, the “bugs” do. This has the potential to create an imbalance between the good guys and the bad guys and potentially leading to diarrhea, constipation or bowel damage (aka bleeding). The reason so many of you jump onto the probiotic band wagon without even knowing where the problem is in the first place. Correct the cause, correct the problem; instead of just correcting the problem. You still have issues going on in there.

There are still potential issues at the pancreas, stomach, liver, and gall bladder that could be greatly reduced by taking the time to chew your food to a liquid. If these are stressed, it can lead to many other hazards that may harm other organs as well as the obvious lack of nutrition. Other benefits of chewing are giving the body the opportunity to know what has entered, so it can respond correctly and know when it is full. This is a really big deal because it could play a big roll in weight loss. You can also set aside the time to eat with your family or friends to make it a more special time, although you may not be talking much because everyone would be chewing. I guess this would be a good time to learn sign language.

So, do you think not chewing our food could potentially lead to issues just as severe is ingesting inferior foods? I think so.

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