Gobble up obesity, health problems and a shorter life | iRADIO

I’m sure I’m not exaggerating, I firmly stand behind every word in the title of today’s gastrogloss. I can start with scientific evidence, or go back to the practices of our rural (great) grandmothers. I will start with the latter, because fast time, limited time to eat and bad habits have only one result: that we are fed like geese. They used to stuff their cones straight into their stomachs, and we actually do exactly the same voluntarily without realizing the consequences.



GASTROGLOSA DAGMAR HERTOVÉ
Prague
9:00 a.m September 3, 2022

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Often our stomach is filled with a large amount of unchewed food, useless things and we are like a goose fed with donuts | Photo: Dagmar Heřtová | Source: Czech Radio

And to the science

In a simplified description, the feeling of hunger works like this: our brain receives a signal that we need to refuel. This is a necessary thing to survive. We need energy to power all the functions of our body, and dead batteries mean the end of its functioning. On the other hand, the brain also receives a signal that we are full, so we are full.


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Here, the inertia is up to half an hour, and the hormones in the small intestine tell our brain only after 30 minutes: “You’re not hungry anymore”. I will explain. When we sit down to eat and start to eat, we eat lunch in less than 10 minutes and the feeling of hunger does not stop. We have twenty minutes to spare.

We add something else, then a dessert, a piece of pastry from the basket, coffee with sweets, and only after half an hour has passed, the brain receives the signal and the feeling of hunger is there. This is one model situation. We’ll have lunch in the right one. We calmly taste each bite, enjoy it, we are not in a hurry, and in half an hour an instruction will come. We are full and need nothing more.

In the first case, our stomach is filled with a large amount of unchewed food, useless things and we are like a goose fed with donuts. We get fat like the overfed geese of our (great) grandmothers. In the second case, we have a pulverized, I mean well-chewed lunch in our stomach.

The energy source begins to release the necessary substances through subsequent processing and they quickly enter the blood, the body works with a smaller amount of food, but with much greater efficiency. We don’t have a stomach ache, our heart beats as it should, the diabetes has rather given up, we digest well and are fine.

Finally, even such a brute knows what he’s doing…

Digestion does not begin in the stomach

We are mostly fixated that it is the stomach that is at the beginning, but that is a mistake. The starting point of the entire digestive process is the mouth. This is the most essential tool with which we have to chew, grind or chew food well. In the mouth, we set up the initial process of digestion and allow the body to use the nutrients supplied by food.


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Nature did not leave us alone in this case either and equipped us with teeth, tongue and salivary glands. Thanks to this, we can grind the food perfectly. Saliva is full of enzymes that aid in the absorption of food, and the tongue helps us move food around in our mouths for gentle processing. By swallowing, we move the morsels into the stomach.

How simple. But nowadays we have so little time that we swallow half a dumpling without stopping in our mouths, the steak is the same, the apple disappears like a canapé, we don’t even notice the sweet dessert and shove it as deep as possible into the digestive system.

We finish our lunch with a sizzling beer and immediately rush to the computer, to social networks, to the armchair, to call the doctor that we have stomach problems. However, we are not beginners and we have ready pills on hand to finish off the pile of food in our stomachs. Poor thing to drive him crazy.

A note on that: let’s not forget that the stomach is ours, it’s part of our body, we can’t live without it, and will we consciously destroy it?

It’s nothing complicated

If I were to summarize my previous text, nourish your body rationally. Chew the food until it loses its texture. In addition, you will enjoy the food much more. Put the next food in your mouth until you swallow the food that has been reduced to a mush.

Likewise, wait to drink fluids. I even recommend not drinking for at least a quarter of an hour before and after a meal. An unburdened stomach fulfills its role all the better.

Food should be chewed more than 30 times. Let me tell you, it’s annoying at first. Although you will enjoy the food more, you are sure that you are doing what you can for yourself at the moment, but how many times have I “chewed”? Really annoying.

I understand. We are not in a restaurant for math, but to sit, enjoy, have fun. In the beginning, feel free to count, you will get an idea of ​​the time and, above all, what kind of food needs to be ground. Eventually, you will come to the realization that you will swallow the food until it turns to mush, and you won’t have to count anymore.

Punishment for non-chewing

“Nature will punish those who do not chew.” American Horace Flecher said this sentence,a nutritionist who pioneered the method of processing food in the mouth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I don’t want to address his claim, I will just point out that at the time of his research and promotion of how to eat properly, the average life of men was around 44 years. He lived to be a respectable 69 years old for his time.



Dagmar Heřtová

Food blogger and gastronomic journalist who regularly contributes to printed and online periodicals mainly with information about raw materials, their processing and recipes. On the website Tastejourney, he writes about food, new trends and shares gastronomic insights from his travels.

In summary, he chewed himself to longevity.

H. Flecher’s claim was also confirmed by recent research that followed participants who devoted more time and attention to chewing. As a result, these people consumed nearly 12 percent fewer calories, lost weight, lost fat, and felt more energized throughout the day.

The same is confirmed by the well-known British doctor, journalist, TV presenter and author of many books on diets, Michael Mosley.

I am convinced that we should improve our eating habits. If we eat more moderately, we will supply the body with more necessary substances, the stomach will not need drugs to calm down, and in addition, we will definitely reduce our body weight. Guaranteed!

How little is enough to do something for your body, health and well-being and more zest for life! In addition, I wish you a nice Saturday chewing.

After all, even such cattle know what they are doing | Photo: Dagmar Heřtová | Source: Czech Radio

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