My best kept secret for better digestion…

By: Andrea Matteson in coaching, 8 months ago


Want to know my best kept secret with you for better digestion?

But first, why am I talking about having better digestion in the first place?

Great question!

We all know that suffering from digestive problems such as gas, bloating, reflux, stomach cramps, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease can seriously hinder our daily functioning and make us miserable.

Your gastrointestinal tract (GI) tract acts as your body’s food processor and if it’s blocked, overloaded, polluted with toxins such as food additives, pesticides and preservatives, or otherwise irritated, it is going to let you know how it feels by having one of the reactions listed above.

Your GI tract first breaks down your food by the mechanical process of chewing and then by a multitude of complex chemical processes that extracts nutrients to feed your system and expel toxins.

The best way to ensure that we are helping make it easy for our bodies to digest our food is to chew A LOT so that our food mixes with our digestive juices so it can be easily digested and better absorbed for optimal nutrition.

So what is my best kept secret to better digestion?


Believe it or not chewing is one of the most important aids to our digestion and it’s also one we often take for granted so much so that we sometimes just swallow our food whole, forgetting to grind our teeth altogether!

Learning how to chew your food properly (up to 30 times per bite) will help you extract the maximum nutrients from your food and get your digestive juices flowing right AND help keep your weight down and your tummy flat.

How? Because if you eat healthy food packed with nutrients that you chew properly with each bite, you will be able to recognize once you feel full and you will therefore eat less!

My clients find that learning how-to chew helps to:

  • Sense intuitively when you are full
  • Gain way more satisfaction from eating
  • Develop a healthier relationship with food

How to chew better for optimal digestion:

To get in the habit of chewing, try chewing each bite of food at the beginning of your next meal 30 times. (Putting your fork down and breathing between bites will help.)

Even if you only have 5 minutes for a meal, let the chewing relax you and use it almost as a meditation. That way you’ll enjoy the whole spectrum of tastes and aromas that make up the meal, trigger cephalic phase digestion, and your body and brain will be satisfied even with a quickie.

What do I do now?

In my health coaching practice, I help clients understand why they eat in a rush and forget to chew and we come up with a how-to guide for chewing that is easy to implement and turns eating into a whole new enjoyable experience.

If you want to learn how you to chew for better digestion that will lead to a flatter, firmer belly then click here now to schedule a time to talk with me about it!


Andréa Matteson MS CHC
Holistic Health + Lifestyle Coach

GLOW Holistic Health Coaching

User Comments

6 Replies

  1. Will Wiebe BA MS CPC

    Andrea… wow… what a great article….I’m definitely going to “SLOW” down and “Grind” my food … 30X and “Breathe”…. thank you !!!!!

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    • Andrea Matteson

      Great! It’s amazing how many of us are eating on go or multi-tasking when eating. Conscious chewing is a great way to slow down and become present. Allowing you to enjoy your meal, feel full sooner and improve your digestion. Plus it’s completely free!

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  2. Lisa Wiebe MA

    So simple, yet, I do find myself hurrying through meals rather than taking the time to eat slowly and chew consciously. I will suddenly be finished and rushing on to my next task. Thank you for a great reminder!

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    • Andrea Matteson

      Yes! You are not alone, Lisa. Another great trick to help yourself slow down is to set down your fork in between bites. Enjoy your next meal…slowly. 🙂

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  3. Mateja Kovač

    This is so true, and it’s hilarious how we want to save time and skimp on one of the most basic needs for survival.

    After 3 years of stomach problems whose elusive source puzzled all the doctors I went to, someone told me to simply try chewing my food. And that’s when I realized that I don’t chew almost at all, but gulp my food like a duck. It was a funny and insightful moment. No stomach issues since, but I still have to consciously remind myself to eat properly.

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    • Andrea Matteson

      I love your story! Thank you for sharing! Chewing is so basic…so fundamental…that many of us overlook it. It is one of the first tips I give my clients who are experiencing digestive or metabolic issues.

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