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Chew to avoid bloating.

Updated: Jan 13

One of our clients commented that she could not eat green vegetables because she could not digest them. The green veg usually came out as "one whole stalk" in her stools.

Coincidentally, another two clients also shared that they cannot digest golden mushrooms or green vegetables as they came out in the stools as how they went in.

Our health coach Jacelyn reminded them, "Apparently, indigestion is inevitable if you never even chew the vegetables. If you have chewed them into tiny pieces, how can you get a full stalk at the end?" The clients laughed.

Many people do not observe the right eating habits and they wonder why they always have digestive issues. Fruits, veg and rice are carbohydrates. Hence, many claim that they cannot digest carbs as these foods cause bloating. The problem is not with the carbs.

Have you considered if you have chewed them enough?

Digestion of carbohydrates starts in the mouth with saliva carrying enzymes to break down the carbs. Chewing mixes the saliva with the smaller chunks of carbs broken down by the teeth while chewing. If one always eats too fast with little chewing, one gets a higher chance of having bloating problems. Chewing is an essential process for a good carbohydrates digestion.

"What I usually do is to chew my fruits, rice or veg until they become at least 90% liquid in my mouth before I swallow." - Jacelyn Tay.

Standard timing for finishing a meal properly is at least 20min. If you finish yours quicker than that, you have a higher chance of bloating.

Jacelyn Tay 20/08/2020

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