Where does digestion start?

Q. Where does digestion start?

A. While most people will say, the mouth of course! Digestion actually starts even before you put food in your mouth-it starts with the brain. If you’re not paying attention to what happens before you put food in your mouth, you’re losing half of the digestive process. When we smell food, or see food, or think about eating food, something happens. It primes our entire digestive system for the food we’re about to eat. It kickstarts our stomach acid production, and most importantly it gets us salivating so that food can begin to be broken down in the mouth. However, this all depends on our willingness to sit down and eat deliberately rather than constantly grabbing our food on the go. Work on being “present” at each of your meals, try mindfully eating instead of mindless!