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EATING INTELLIGENTLY(IMPORTANCE OF CHEWING)

To eat is a necessity but to eat intelligently is an act .If not more important ,just as important as what we eat is how and when we eat
.In this posting and subsequent postings, I am going to talk about basic perfect eating habits.
 Today I will start with the importance of chewing.The benefits derived  from food does not depend so much on the quantity eaten as on its thorough digestion .more over, the gratification of taste does not depend on the amount of food swallowed as in the length of time it remains in the mouth .Digestion starts in the mouth .Thorough chewing allows the digestive enzymes in saliva to thoroughly mix with the food an essential first step for optimal digestion. In order to secure healthy digestion , food should be eaten slowly .those who wish to avoid indigestion or bloating will do well to remember this .
If your time to eat is limited ,do not bolt down your food .Rather, eat less and masticate slowly .
When you are excited , anxious or in a hurry, don't eat until you are a little calm because at the time of unrest, the vital powers already severely taxed cannot supply the necessary digestive fluids
Chewing gums before meals is also a no go since this overworks the salivary glands.
The bones holding your teeth get a workout when we chew ,helping to keep them strong,The saliva produced while chewing is also beneficial , helping to clear food  particles from your mouth and wash away bacteria so their may be less plague build up and tooth decay .
Again , the longer you chew ,the more time it will take you to finish a meal and research shows that eating slowly can help you to eat less and ultimately avoid weight gain or even loss weight e.g. chewing your food twice as long as you normally would will instantly help you control your portion sizes which naturally decreases calorie consumption.
So eat intelligently by chewing your food thoroughly. BUT REMEMBER GOOD HEALTH IS A CONTINUOUSE HABIT NOT AN EVENT.

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