Chewing makes eating perfect. It promotes better digestion and enables you enjoy better health. Chew your food and live longer. But chewing may be difficult due to some health problems. Here are some tips to overcome the chewing problems.
A South Indian proverb says that if you chew well while eating, you can live for hundred years. This saying has much truth in it. Chewing promotes your digestion by helping additional supply of enzymes. When you chew food thoroughly, saliva in the mouth mixes with food and a considerable amount of digestion is finished in the mouth itself before it reaches the stomach. Chewing stimulates the salivary glands and reduces risks of contaminated food. It also stimulates the thymus gland to release immune boosting cells.
Less chewing in modern lifestyle
Modern fast food style does not give importance to chewing. Leave alone the habit of chewing gum. Most of the people do not spare enough time to eat and have to rush through meals, swallowing food as a whole.
Health hazards due to insufficient chewing
Eating meals in a hurry and not chewing food properly lead to many health problems. Poor digestion is the immediate result of insufficient chewing. Digestive problems lead to diseases such as heartburn, abdominal pain, bloating and diarrhea.
There are certain situations when chewing becomes difficult.
1) Besides the poor chewing habit, there are many factors that make chewing difficult. Elderly people usually have problems with chewing. Tooth problems make chewing difficult.
2) People who had stroke have difficulty in chewing. They are not supposed to strain in any way.
3) Certain side effects of cancer treatment make chewing difficult. People with dry mouth are unable to chew well.
Tips to overcome chewing difficulties
1) Chewing difficulties should be overcome for better digestion and maintaining nutritious diet. When it becomes a serious problem, never hesitate to consult specialists.
2) Hard foods such as meat can be ground, instead of having it as whole chunk. If cooked foods are run in the mixie for a few seconds, they can be eaten with slow chewing.
3) Fillers such as fish, peanut butter, cooked beans, etc. help overcome chewing difficulty.
4) Fruits are easy to chew if they are in full ripeness. If they are hard, fruits such as apple, can be baked or stewed.
5) Vegetables, when they are overcooked, become easy to chew.
6) Dry foods can be soaked for some time in milk, water or broth and can be eaten when they are palatable.
Chewing is an important factor in proper eating. Neglecting the habit of chewing can lead to many digestion problems. By following the above tips you can improve digestion and overcome many of the health problems.