Well-chewed food is half-way digested
Time and again, people need to be reminded that well-chewed food is half-way digested. That is, by chewing well you can ease your digestion. To achieve this, you have to eat as calmly and slowly as possible. Our bodies can only partially use food that is largely unchewed and quickly swallowed. Eating too fast burdens our stomach and digestive tract, having a negative effect on our general well-being.
Most important is to have a calm breakfast in a pleasant environment, yet many of us currently see breakfast more as an obligation than a natural necessity. It’s reasonable to get up 15 minutes earlier every morning and have a peaceful breakfast. If you eat your first meal too hot, too fast and don't chew it enough, your stomach will be upset for the rest of the day. It’s better to have five smaller portions per day than stuff yourself with one or two giant meals.
There is no “normal” or “right” food that is sure to keep every single person healthy. This is because every person absorbs nutrients differently. Our bodies are too different for developing universally effective rules. What is best for you might not be best for your partner, and so on. What keeps one person healthy and slim can results in malnutrition or obesity in others.
The most important aspect of food is its nutritional value and vitamin content. It’s been proven that our foodstuff contains many agents essential for the human body, which are nearly invisible and remain difficult to measure. It’s especially important to try to maintain a balanced intake of vitamins and agents that are destroyed during heavy heating, boiling or frying.
Basic vitamins, their effect and sources
A lack of vitamin A in one’s menu causes various sight deficiencies (e.g. corneal diseases) and hinders growth. Vitamin A is mostly found in fats and vegetables, but also in caviar, sprouts and liver. Tomatoes, spinach, cabbage, lettuce, tubers, root crops, and especially fish fat are also rich in vitamin A.
A too small vitamin B intake can cause severe neurological disorders and it’s also necessary to maintain proper metabolic processes. Grains, legumes, cabbage, potatoes, spinach, cauliflower, onions, lemons, oranges, grapes and fresh fruits in general are considered good sources of vitamin B. It can also be found in milk, eggs and liver. Vitamin B is destroyed by heating, drying, salting and smoking.
Vitamin C deficiency can cause scurvy (muscle weakness), capillary fragility, hard-to-heal ulcers, edema, bleeding gums and joint pain. Vitamin C can be found in potatoes, lemons, oranges, peas, turnips, fresh fruit, milk, and beans. Their absorption is limited by excessive alcohol use, smoking, cellular oxidative stress of intestinal mucosal tissue, aspirin, paracetamol, soda ash, etc.
Vitamin D is related to healthy skin, which is why its deficiency can lead to skin disorders and a poor complexion. Vitamin D is produced by our bodies when exposed to the sun for a reasonable time. It is also contained in liver, cod-liver oil, egg yolk, and yeast.
A balanced diet cannot exclude sufficient fluid intake. We’re not talking about various flavored waters, coffee, tea, or sodas. We mean completely pure water, and moreover, mineral water which is enriched with elements needed by our bodies. Don’t forget to consume fluids that are good for you on a daily basis!