Intro to Food Hygiene

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We talk a lot about WHAT we eat, I'll argue that the forgotten topic of HOW we eat is just as important. Our digestive tract starts at our mouth and ends at our anus. Simply speaking our digestive system is one l-o-n-g tube with different functions along the way... HOW we eat either supports or negates digestion.
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"We talk a lot about WHAT we eat, I"ll argue that the forgotten topic of HOW we eat is just as important. Our digestive tract starts at our mouth and ends at our anus. Simply speaking our digestive system is one l-o-n-g tube with different functions along the way HOW we eat either supports or negates digestion.

Tip 1. Macerate. Chew food until it disappears.
Pre-digestion begins with the enzymes in saliva breaking down food. Chewing brings in contact enzyme packed saliva with smaller and smaller and smaller and smallest and most small food bits forming a pre-digesting food bolus that slips and slides straight down the esophagus.

Tip 2. Eat in a relaxed state away from distraction.
Not standing over the sink, not driving, not while at your desk on your computer, not while watching television. We have two reigning divisions of our Nervous System (the brain, et al), the parasympathetic and the sympathetic.

Sympathetic = Fight or Flight.
Parasympathetic = Rest and Digest.
Your body actually has to be in-the-mood to eat. What kind of mood? Hint, it happens in bed and um rhymes with digest. Help your body get in the mood, the parasympathetic mood, by slowing down and eating mindfully.

Tip 3. Cook your own food.
There are several players involved in the body"s preparation for food. For one your nose. For two your eyes. Salivating after catching a whiff and glance at a bubbling pepperoni pizza isn"t just for show. Saliva is a digestive juice, and it isn"t the only digestive juice your body is cooking up in prep for the approaching food deposit. Your stomach gets busy producing hydrochloric acid (HCL), your gallbladder, bile, your pancreas enzymes etcetera.

Tip 4. Prime the stomach.
A cheap and effective way to increase digestive juices prior to consuming food is by swallowing a small amount of organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar: 1 tsp (or swig) will do, you can add a small amount of water if needed, drink 10 mins before each big meal.
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