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The simple act of mindfully eating and chewing your food can really assist your body with digestive processes. For one week we challenge you to the 20-chew challenge. This means every bite you take you chew 20 times before swallowing. By doing so you help to reduce stress on the oesophagus and help your stomach to metabolise food. You break down larger food particles to smaller ones. It also helps assist the body in releasing saliva which contains activated digestive enzymes needed for improved digestion and nutrient absorption.
We also challenge you to move your mealtimes away from screen time. For example, it’s your lunch break at work, rather than taking your lunch to your desk, try and get some fresh air while enjoying your meal outside. Or instead of cooking your dinner with the news on, try to put on some upbeat music. When we practice preparing and eating away from screens, we also assist our bodies with digestive processes.
Often these devices can be a distraction to the food we are preparing or cooking. When we begin to cook a meal or sit down to a meal (undistracted) we are more in tune with the look and smell of the aromas. This helps prepare the liver (the bodies natural detoxifier) to receive the nutrients that are expected to come.
Foods that you may also like to include in your diet to ramp up your digestive enzymes are papaya, pineapple, avocado, kefir, miso, sauerkraut, honey, bananas, kiwi and ginger.
“A detox is your opportunity to give your body a break and allow your own self-cleansing and self-healing processes to kick into gear.”