That is a real mouthful of a word, mastication. When you think about getting healthy, we often discuss the different foods and mixture of the various food groups. But you know, this one simple thing can go a long way towards encouraging good health.
Mastication, according to the Mirriam-Webster is a transitive verb –
1 : to grind or crush (food) with or as if with the teeth
If you chew each mouthful of food thoroughly before swallowing, it not only aids digestion, but also helps you to enjoy the full flavour of what you are eating. Digestion begins in the mouth, with many sugars already being processed.
Another benefit is that it reduces the strain on the stomach and the intestines. So, to put it delicately, mastication makes abulations easier. Smile. That is good news.
So, remember. When next you eat – masticate.