I love learning about the intricacies of the digestive system and how God has designed it to function. Digestion starts with the senses and thinking about the food but then obviously the food needs to make it in your mouth. Saliva and chewing begin the process of digestion. Unfortunately many of us (me included) don’t take the time to thoroughly chew our food and we should. Not chewing can lead to digestive upset, including gas and bloating. We want the food to be a liquidy, mushy mash before we swallow. Taking much smaller bites helps or it feels like you are chewing forever. By chewing thoroughly the rest of our digestive system doesn’t have to work so hard, enabling that energy to be used elsewhere in our body. So make sure to chew your food!!