Don’t let a Digestive Disorder take over the dinner table
Greetings once again. Today, I would like to share with you some thoughts about your digestive system. Your digestive system is truly one of the most important systems in your whole body. If your body does not digest and absorb nutrients properly and eliminate waste products, then it’s nearly impossible to achieve optimal health. A significant portion of your immune system resides in your gut.
Naturopathic physicians see digestion as a key piece to any naturopathic plan. Different approaches to digestive wellness might include dietary modification, food allergy identification and desensitization, homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplementation, immune support, high-quality probiotics, and additional testing. A holistic and individualized approach is essential for the health of our digestive system as well as the health of our whole body.
When your gut doesn’t function well, a lot of other things don’t work. As a matter of fact, we now know the neurotransmitters that are the neurochemistry of the gut are nearly identical to the chemicals in the brain. For instance, 95% of serotonin is manufactured in the intestines and yet it’s a brain neurotransmitter. A single choline made in the gut is also in the brain, secretin made in the gut is likewise also in the brain. Most all of them are that way so there is, without a doubt, a blood-brain connection to the gastro-intestinal tract.
In our mouths, we have all of these salivary glands – the parotid gland, the sublingual and submandibular glands and ducts. So, when you start to chew, the ducts and glands begin to secret enzymes. As a matter of fact, 60 to 70 percent of digestion starches actually happen in the mouth. I stress this fact all the time and say it over and over (and over) and that is to chew 40 to 50 times before you swallow, because you have no teeth in your stomach. So once you swallow, you lose control over it. I am really into the concept that you never, ever swallow a chunk of food. The problem is, the digestive enzymes can only affect that which they can touch, so if we have a big chunk of steak and we didn’t chew it, we just swallowed it, the digestive enzymes can only effect the outside. But we need to digest the whole thing. So when we chew, we actually unfold that steak and make it like paper, giving it the maximum amount of surface area. In that way, the digestive enzymes can affect the whole steak. So eat slowly, take your time and chew every bite thoroughly.
This is so important that I cannot over stress the importance of chewing your food thoroughly and taking your time. At a social event, frankly, if I’m in a hurry, I don’t eat. I would rather not eat and go without a meal then eat a meal that’s not thoroughly digested because I know that I’m doing injury to my gastrointestinal function and I’m probably, at very least, not going to feel very well. I’m going to end up with a belly ache or something if I eat a meal in a hurry. So as a general rule of thumb, I chew every bite 40 times and never eat when I am in a hurry. In this way, I avoid a lot of gastric distress by simply eating only when I have the time to do it in a relaxed and thorough manner.
I look forward to sharing much more information with you. Increasing numbers of people are becoming empowered with knowledge which allows them to make informed decisions regarding their own health and to regain greater vital energy, health, well-being and becoming finally symptomatic free. The complete and comprehensive seminar I gave in Texas on digestion and digestive disorders is available for purchase in a 2 CD format at: https://chronicdegenerativedisease.com
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