Take the Digestive MOT!

How are you chewing? Take our digestive MOT and find out.

1. Do you feel bloated after eating?

 
 
 

2. Do you get heartburn after meals?

 
 
 

3. Do certain foods ‘disagree with you’?

 
 
 

4. Do you have one or more food intolerances?

 
 
 

5. Are your bowel movements ever irregular or painful?

 
 
 

6. Are your bowel movements ever too loose or too hard?

 
 
 

7. Is your breath sometimes bad, even after brushing/mouthwash?

 
 
 

8. Do you suffer from stomach cramps?

 
 
 

9. Are you ever embarrassed by belching or wind?

 
 
 

10. Does your stomach stick out no matter how much exercise you do?

 
 
 

 

 

Five Reasons to Chew Your Food...

Chewing plays a crucial role in healthy digestion. Here are 5 reasons to maximise your munching time

Chewing stimulates the creation of enzymes in saliva that begin the digestive process, especially helping to break down carbohydrates.

The act of chewing sends signals to the digestive tract that it's time to get to work

Chewing your food stimulates the oesophogeal muscles, helping to prevent acid reflux

Chewing breaks up every mouthful, making it easy to get the nutritional benefits

Proper chewing stimulates pancreatic digestion, vital to the digestion of fats and proteins.

Five Top Tips for Eating Mindfully

Is your digestion struggling? Try these top tips to bring calm and healthy chewing into your daily life

Sit down! Even if it's only for ten minutes, make proper time for your meal.

Reclaim mealtimes. Eat properly at mealtimes and avoid snacking on the go.

Turn it off! Switch off the TV, shut down the laptop, put your smartphone away and give eating your full attention.

Turn your senses on. Enjoy the taste, smell, texture and look of each bite.

Retrain your chewing. Consider chewing d'mix after every meal, to help kick-start healthy chewing habits. 

What The Experts Say

'Chewing food properly is important for digestive health as the digestive process starts in the mouth. Chewing also has other benefits as it boosts alertness and helps you think more clearly. Not only that, it’s beneficial for those who are struggling to maintain a healthy weight. Taking time to chew your food properly gives your brain more time to receive intestinal signals telling you that you’re full. This is an important factor to help avoid overeating."
Dr Sarah Brewer
"The feel of the different components of a meal in the mouth is as
important as the taste. Take time to savour your food. Chewing not only increases the enjoyment of a meal, it releases nutrients in a form that can be readily digested and absorbed and helps maintain good gut function and health." Dr Nick Read, Medical Adviser to The IBS Network.
"Some key causes of digestive issues are: inadequate chewing of food, excessive consumption of simple carbohydrates and sugars, food intolerances, over-eating, and inadequate fasting periods between meals. ANH fully endorses the 'Just Chew it' campaign and sees it as a key way to remind people of the importance of making time to select, prepare and eat the right foods, in the right way." Robert Verkerk PhD, Executive and Scientific Director,
Alliance for Natural Health
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"Food is more than just fuel, and chewing your food is one of the most important parts of mindful eating. Eating slowly and chewing every mouthful until almost liquidized makes it easier for your stomach to digest food properly, and sends a signal to the brain to kick-start digestive processes. This is why eating on the run is so bad for us." Adele Wolstenhulme, Founder, Inside Out Nutrition

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Five Foods That Love Your Insides

  1. Probiotics. A great way to boost digestive health is to boost your healthy gut flora with probiotics, ideally naturally-occurring food-state fermented foods. Try kimchi, sauerkraut, yoghurt or kefir. 
  2. Digestive spices. Support healthy digestion by including traditional digestive spices in your cooking, such as fennel, ajwain, ginger, mint and cumin.
  3. Fresh organic fruit and vegetables. Fresh produce contains soluble and insoluble fibre, essential to healthy digestion, along with key trace elements.
  4. Healthy saturated fats. Try coconut oil or organic butter in your cooking,  or drizzle extra virgin olive oil on salads.
  5. Plenty of clean water. Your digestive system needs water to function properly, so stay hydrated! Also your body can mistake thirst for hunger, so staying hydrated can help guard against over-eating.

Why not try:

Lightly steamed asparagus drizzled with olive oil

Mint and yoghurt raita to soften spicy food

Millet tabbouleh with peppers, herbs and toasted seeds

Carrots braised with cumin and topped with a dot of organic grass-fed butter

Five Foods That Hate Your Guts

  1. Wheat and gluten. Wheat and gluten intolerance is on the rise and is a common cause of bloating, wind and stomach cramps. Try millet or quinoa instead. 
  2. Refined sugar. Sugar acidifies your digestion, accelerates weight gain, is associated with diabetes and is highly addictive. Avoid sugar, glucose and especially high-fructose corn syrup.
  3. Caffeine. Caffeine overstimulates your system, causes your blood sugar to spike, and creates acid in your stomach. Try cutting down or replacing entirely with herbal teas.
  4. Highly processed foods, including ‘low fat’ foods. Processed foods are typically bulked up with fillers, thickeners, sugar and other indigestible nasties. So-called ‘low fat’ or ‘diet’ foods are often the worst offenders!
  5. Artificial additives, preservatives and flavourings. If you don’t know what an ingredient is on the label, don’t eat it! Cook from scratch or stick to foods with simple, natural ingredients.

If you're craving...

Bread or toast: You may need nitrogen. Eat more high-protein foods such as lean meat or fish.

Chocolate: You may need magnesium. Try eating nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits.

Fizzy drinks: You may need calcium. Grab some kale, sesame, greens and broccoli.

Five Ways To Revitalise Your Digestion

  1. Eat mindfully. Make time every day to eat undisturbed. See our five-step guide to mindful eating for tips on clearing that space in your day.
  2. Take regular exercise. Inactivity slows down your metabolism and digestion and can exacerbate bloating and constipation. Exercise speeds your metabolism, stimulates gut motility and of course helps you burn off those calories!
  3. Stop smoking. Smoking has been shown to increase the risk of heartburn, peptic ulcers, gallstones and even Crohn’s disease. Your whole body will thank you when you quit!
  4. De-stress. Stress can trigger and exacerbate digestive issues and weight gain. Meditation, exercise or even a lifestyle change could help.
  5. Re-train your digestion. Consider a 2-month course of D’Mix, chewed after every meal to kick-start your digestive system.

Quick Vitality Tips

Try starting the day with hot water and a squeeze of lemon, to alkalise your digestion.

Walking after a meal can lower stress, stimulate digestion, and even help with weight loss.

A few deep breaths before a meal will help relax your system for healthy digestion.

About Conscious Food

Conscious Food is an artisan producer of organically-grown and hand-made gluten, dairy, wheat, yeast and oil free power snacks, rare teas and the bestselling D’Mix, a fusion of seeds to chew after meals to aid digestion.

 

Featured in The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, Vogue, The Sunday Times, Top Sante, Psychologies and elsewhere, D’Mix is a revolutionary approach to digestive wellness that combines the power of natural-state botanical ingredients with the action of chewing to soothe, balance and retrain the digestive system.

 

We created this campaign from the belief that everyone has the power to transform their own wellness, from the inside out, through greater awareness of what – and how – they eat. We believe that food should be delicious, satisfying, sustainable and life-enhancing, and that wellness begins with a conscious, mindful approach to diet and nutrition.

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