I’ve always eaten too fast, but now that I’m much more cognizant of my digestive system, I’m trying to slow it down. I read somewhere else you should chew your food 22 times before swallowing. But the basic goal is to chew it as completely as possible. There are digestive enzymes in saliva, and when we don’t chew food to liquid first, other parts of the system have to work harder which leads to digestive issues like gas, bloating, diarrhea, and even acid reflux. I’m particularly interested in that last one since PPIs are not an option. Maybe if I’d practiced more mindful eating or focused on chewing, I could have avoided PPIs in the first place. Anyway, since we’re all trying to heal our traumatized systems and this is one way to help, I thought I’d share. I’m 20 weeks (or 5 months) post-treatment. Yay.
Read more: “I Chewed Each Bite Of Food 30 Times. Here’s How It Changed My Digestion.”