Did you know…

 

Rushing to eat your meals

Rushing to eat your meals and eating your food quickly can mean that your food isn’t chewed properly before you swallow it.  If you do rush your meals you’re probably familiar with the symptoms of discomfort and burping that follow, or maybe that heavy feeling that appears not long after you’ve finished your meal.  If you are rushing then you may be taking in air whilst you are gulping your food down and your body then burps to release the air that gets trapped in the stomach. 

 

Eating meals on the go

Eating meals on the go can contribute to the symptoms I mentioned above.  Eating when the body is in a stressed state can inhibit the efficiency of the digestive system.  Currently in society the focus is more towards what is going on the outside of our body, our appearance and the external world around us, quite often to an unhealthy level and at the expense of what is happening on the inside.  We often forget that every mouthful of food we eat has to be broken down into the tiniest of particles in order to be absorbed and utilised by the body.  Eating meals ‘on the go’ when the body is in a stressed state can mean that the body is diverting important energy away from the digestive system and what it should be doing there, towards coping with the stress it is under.  Stress can also cause a lack of saliva to be produced which can inhibit the digestion of carbohydrates in the mouth and also the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach which is essential for optimal digestion.

 

Not chewing your food thoroughly

Not chewing your food thoroughly because you are in a rush and stressed can also lead to other digestive inefficiencies.  You know when your mouth waters at the thought, sight and/or smell of food and you find yourself salivating, well that’s the first part of the digestive process and it plays a critical role!  When your body produces saliva it triggers the digestive enzymes that are needed to fully digest your food when you start eating it.  Try to take time to chew each mouthful of food before you swallow it and trust me your body will thank you for it!  It also means you’ll be eating slower and giving your body chance to tell your brain when it’s full so you reduce  the amount of overeating at mealtimes.

 

Sitting down to eat your meals

Sitting down to eat your meals and sitting up straight opens up your body.  It also allows your body more space for your stomach and the other digestive organs to carry their necessary functions within the digestive system.  Sitting upright and preferably at a table (not your work desk!) also usually leads to more time being taken to eat your meal so less rushing and stress.  Impairing the function of the stomach could lead to indigestion, burping and feeling full after eating.

 

Eating meals away from distractions

Eating meals away from distractions such as your phone, the iPad, the TV can also help ease stress at mealtimes.  We tend to be proud of our abilities to multi-task however it’s not as magnificent a skill as we make it out to be, especially at mealtimes.  To reduce the stress on our body when we are eating it’s best to not be distracted by anything and to really focus on each mouthful, chewing it thoroughly and allowing the mind and body to work together on processing the food we are consuming.  That way we get the most benefit from the food we are eating and we limit the symptoms that may arise.

So try to:

  • Make time to relax before you eat, even taking a few deep breaths can help
  • Sit up straight and avoid distractions
  • Chew each mouthful thoroughly

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