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Saliva and chewing

It is time for another U Fit Blog from Coach Helen Gribble! We hope you enjoy it and, as always, comment below with any questions or insights!

The process of eating can be something that we don't give much thought to. Bite, chew swallow: the job is done.

If we look at it in more details, we can see how elements of this process can affect how our bodies feel and what we get from the process.

Often a sign of hunger that we notice is an excess of saliva in our mouths. We start to salivate at the thought of the burger that we want to eat. This is our digestive systems way of instigating a stage of digestion for our body.

Saliva is made of 95% water with the rest being made up of mucus, antimicrobial chemicals and enzymes. Once the food is being chewed in the mouth, these enzymes, amylase, will start the process of digesting carbohydrates in your mouth. So, even before hitting your stomach your mouth is doing some of the digestive work.

When thinking concerning slow eating, this helps our bodies digest as much of the food that we can before swallowing. Also, because we are chewing more, the food is broken down into even smaller particles, helping out bodies digest more efficiently.

While swallowing food down quickly might get the job done faster, it doesn't mean that faster is better for your body. Taking time to chew and eat slowly gives your body the best start to the rest of the digestive process.
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