Good digestion is the basis of good health as proper digestion enables the nutrients in our food to be available for absorption and use in the body. This is even more important when you have Crohn's Disease. But quite often those that have Crohn's Disease struggle with this absorption. We then exhibit all the signs of poor digestion ranging from bloating, gas, indigestion, constipation or diarrhoea, and reflux.
So what should you do?
Well, the first step in ensuring that the food you eat is well broken down is to slow down and chew!
We all eat in a rush due to stress and our busy lifestyles. We don't pause between bites and we sometimes only chew each mouthful four or five times. The role of the mouth, teeth and tongue is to break down food into small pieces so that when the food gets to the stomach, it is ready to be broken down by the stomach acid.
The mouth is super important as it is the only place in which food can be broken down like this, so it is essential to chew slowly and correctly. Large pieces of food are not easily broken down by stomach acid, as the surface area to volume ratio of the food is too small.
So slowing down, and chewing each bite 15-20 times are very simple ways to aid your digestion. Try this tip and let me know how you go.
NOTE: if you struggle to eat slowly try putting your fork down on your plate between each bite.
If you have any more questions then please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my Facebook Page at My Crohn's Doctor.
Yours in Health and Wellness
My Crohn's Doctor
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Hello, I am Dr Michael and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when I was 12 years old. I want to help as many people as I can end their suffering from Crohn's Disease.