1- Chew Your Food - Healthy digestion and nutrient absorption begins with chewing your food. This aids in digestion by making food particles smaller and easier to pass through the entire system. If food is improperly chewed, only the outer portion will be digested by the stomach acids and barely broken down to a size that is efficient for further digestion. Large un-chewed portions of food put strain on the valves between the stomach and the small intestine. Because these food particles are so big, they don’t breakdown but start to decompose. This results in bacteria going into the bloodstream and digestive tract. 

2-Eat Slowly - Eating fast and swallowing air while not chewing food well can also cause acid reflux, gas, indigestion, IBS, heartburn, constipation, and bloating. If you experience these symptoms, slow it down and enjoy the taste and texture of the amazing whole foods you are eating. 

3-Go Raw - The naturally occurring enzymes in raw fruits and vegetables aid in the digestive process and help breakdown cooked foods. This means that 70% of your fruits and veggies should be eaten raw. Each day consume at least one large mixed salad plus veggies from the food list.  Add a small side salad when eating cooked veggies. Eat whole fruits instead of juiced to get additional fiber. 

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