This simple, important act of chewing holds incredible powers. Properly and efficiently done, you will lighten the stress on your digestive system and will increase your bodies ability to "have at" all that nutrition you just fed it.
digestion really begins with smell
Yup, with smell! - which wakes up your salivary glands, located under the tongue, and starts the production of saliva. Saliva contains vital substances, like ion producing electrolytes, protective mucus, pathogen fighting, antibacterial compounds and crucial digestive enzymes.
so, chew longer
Allow your food to liquify and mix with these importance substances that set the stage for efficient digestion, better health and reduces the work load and stress on your hard working digestive system. The mechanical process of chewing thoroughly, combined with the chemical breakdown by enzymes allows for the food, now called a bolus, to easily slide down your esophagus and into your stomach for further breakdown.
dry, unchewed food will have a less glamorous journey
That means, Hello gas, bloating and possibly abdominal pain. Chewing your food better means your digesting your food better and that means you're getting more nutrition from it. Studies show that longer chewing increases the amount of protein, vitamins, minerals and amino acids we are able to absorb. It also means less energy and stress expended on digestions and more energy available for doing the things you love.
ok, so how do I get better at chewing?
Ah, old habits die hard, you know? Start by slowing down. Consciously chew each bite until it is in a liquid state. Use your tongue to move that food around and keep it in your mouth before its time to swallow.