Digestion – how you eat matters

It’s not only what you eat, but also how you eat.

You won’t absorb energy or nutrients for your body unless you are digesting your food well.

In order to maximize digestion and, therefore, absorption, it’s important to make sure you are in as relaxed a mood (with the parasympathetic nervous system dominant) as possible before eating.


Stop what you are doing and pay attention to your foods: smell, see, touch and savor the flavor. When you are eating, make that ALL you are doing.


Take a few deep breaths to encourage your body towards relaxation (your circulation will be more focused on your GI tract).


Your mouth has teeth; your stomach doesn’t. Chew your food more than you’d expect is needed; swallow only when the contents of your mouth is a paste or thinner.

Slowing down to experience your food, observing the act of eating, relaxing and enjoying the textures and flavors, will help you to digest and absorb more nutrients from your food.


Get healthy by making mindful choices throughout your life – choosing to eat mindfully is a great start!


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