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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Preparing to eat...

Digestion begins with smelling and thinking about food. Sensors in our brain become excited and let our digestive organs know that we are about to eat. Receiving messages from the brain, our body begins to produce natural enzymes and acids to help us break down our food. Our mouth begins to salivate and produce salivary amylase.

Today, think about the process you use to prepare your food. How long does it take you to prepare your meal? Do you take time to smell your food before eating? Do you notice your mouth salivating and your stomach beginning to rumble?

This is where fast food and convenience food can pose a challenge to our digestive systems. It cuts down the amount of time we may spend smelling and thinking about food as it is prepared. In turn, our digestive system may not be activated and ready to eat. Without the proper acid and enzymes, it is difficult for our body to break down and utilize the food we ingest.

P.S. On a personal note, the breakfast and lunch alarms are working great so far! :)

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