How good are you chewing on food? The answer to this question is important, since the chewing process has several pleasant bonuses at once. Perhaps you’ve heard about food systems that offer you to chew every piece that you put in your mouth at least 32 times (in other variations – about 100 times), but are such statements true?
In fact, thorough chewing really helps the nutrients to be better absorbed – but that’s not all. We tell why it’s better to chew at breakfast, lunch and dinner than to talk.
Strengthening of teeth
It sounds unusual, but nevertheless: the teeth, consisting of enamel, dentin and cement and intended for the primary processing of food entering the body, in the process of intensive chewing of your favorite or not very dishes get a kind of training. Such a “workout” helps to make teeth strong, and at the same time develops jawbones, allowing in the long term to avoid diseases associated with violations of their mobility.
Protection against diseases
Scientists managed to prove that thorough chewing food can protect our body from viruses by strengthening the immune system. How does this happen? The fact is that when we chew, the body stimulates the production of immune cells of a certain type, called Th17. Leading researcher at the University of Manchester Joan Conkel notes that this is possible due to the fact that chewing causes natural immune processes in the gums.
Digestion of food
Chewing also increases the secretion of saliva, which covers the food with enzymes called amylases and lipases. According to Mindbodygreen, these enzymes trigger the process of digestion of fats and starches, which minimizes the risk of digestive problems (including bloating, heartburn, pain and stomach cramps), and at the same time speeds up metabolic processes, which is extremely important for those who are trying to lose weight .
Even if you are trying to eat right, the problem may be that not all the nutrients from fruits, vegetables, tseleserine and lean meat that are present in your diet on a regular basis are fully absorbed by the body. “When food is divided into smaller pieces, it is easier for your intestines to absorb those useful elements that are contained in it,” the osteopathic physician Joseph Mercola writes on his website. In addition, thorough chewing minimizes the risk of ingested by-products of improperly digested food into the blood, which also affects overall health indicators not for the better.
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