Members of one meditation class were asked to eat a muffin while doing a mindfulness meditation. They were asked to do that in order to train them to slow down and recognize what they are eating. This practice is very beneficial because it taught them to enjoy the food, the texture, the taste and the range of flavor.
Most commonly, people eat very quickly, while on the run. You should know that the faster you consume your food, the more difficult it is for your system to digest the food you have consumed.
We should chew the food for a longer period of time because the saliva in our mouth contains enzymes that help to break down the food. On the other hand, if we barely chew our food and gulf it down, our digestive system is already in trouble and the food hasn’t even touched our gut yet.
If you don’t chew your food enough before it goes to your gut , the enzymes in our saliva that should help break it down are not there, so your digestive system has to work extra hard in order to process this food, extract nutrients and remove waste. As a result, your digestive system becomes weaker over some period of time and you are more likely to add a few pounds of fat.
By slowing down and chewing our food fully our body will get more nutritional value from what we eat!
In this article we recommend you three simple practices that you can engage in before you eat food, to improve your digestion and benefit your health:
- Drink Water:
Never drink water while you’re eating because the water will interfere with digestive enzymes and acids causing your digestive system to have more difficulty digesting.
You should also make sure to consume healthy foods like fruits and vegetables because they already contain the amount of water your body needs, so keep drinking separate from eating is a definite recommendation.
On the other hand, you definitely need to drink water after a meal as it aids digestion. It is recommended to drink water 20 minutes before eating. This hydrates your body and helps to purify your digestive system to prepare for more food to digest.
- Take 9 Deep Breaths Before Eating Anything:
Deep breathing should be your daily practice because there are many healthy and wellness benefits of deep breathing.
You should take 9 deep breaths before eating because in that way, your body will be able to digest food better.
Moreover, 9 deep breaths before consuming food allow your body’s nervous system to go into a parasympathetic state, which means that you are more relaxed and calm.
In addition, deep breathing stimulated detoxification through the lungs as well as stimulates better lymphatic flow. So as aq result of detoxification, the body can handle the load of food more easily.
- Appreciate Your Food & Set An Intention:
There are many cultures that pray before they eat in order to express gratitude and ask for nourishment from the food. this is great for your mindset before eating. If you set the intention that you will eat slow, thoroughly and chew your food, your body is going to have easier and more beneficial experience from the food.
In order to feel less digestive discomfort from meals or snacks, just practice these 3 things before eating.