Chewing and Your Bite

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Digestion starts with chewing properly

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When food enters your mouth and you start chewing, this stimulates the release of pancreatic hormones and triggers other digestive organs to produce saliva.

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Saliva contains its own digestive enzymes, so the more you chew, the more time these enzymes have to work while the food is still in your mouth. This makes digesting less stressful for your stomach and small intestines.

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Austrian physician Franz Xaver Mayr showed that people’s digestive systems deteriorate when they eat too fast, too much, too often and too unhealthy.

He developed a diagnostic and therapeutic system to help restore the health of the intestines and thus of the entire organism.

He was a great believer that poor nutrition is reflected in the state of the teeth and gums and that ‘death beg
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Therefore I recommend you eat slowly and chew every single bite twenty two times!

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Chewing gum fools your brain and digestive organs into believing you’re eating food. Your stomach, pancreas, and other digestive organs prepare themselves to process food.

As chewing gum is not food, the production of digestive enzymes isn’t required. Instead, the overflow of unused digestive enzymes could start ‘attacking’ the walls of your intestines.

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The parts of your body that contribute to you being able to chew, breath, and swallow properly as well as keeping your posture stable involve your teeth, gums, jaws, supporting bones, muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. For the whole system to function properly, every single part of this system must function properly.

It is important to understand what an important part of the skeletal system the teeth are. The way your top and bottom teeth fit together is crucial for the balance of your whole body and is a determining factor of the correct posture of your head.

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If you have a skeletal posture imbalance your body will have created patterns that compensate either up from your feet  or down from the head.
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For example if your jaw isn´t in the correct position it may cause your head to be slightly imbalanced on the neck. All the vertebrae and muscles that control them have to compensate. This can manifest as neck aches, head aches, back and shoulder pain, misaligned hips and uneven leg length.

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In the book you will also discover how your Breathing Patterns can affect your dental health, the dangers of snoring and what a comprehensive dental check up should include.

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Your Jaw and Skull

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Here is where you get an understanding of the mechanics of your body. For example how a high filling in your tooth can upset the delicate balance of your bite which in turn may create symptoms elsewhere in your body. These symptoms will be difficult to resolve until you are seen by someone who understands the nature of such conditions.

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A very important part, if not the most important, in this balance is your Temporo Mandibular Joint (TMJ). This joint of the jaw helps you move your jaw up and down, left and right, forward and backwards. You have one on each side, working in unison. Only the mandible, the lower part of your jaw, that moves during those motions. . . .

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The TMJ is no doubt affected by almost every other part of your body hence can cause all kinds of problems such as head ache, tooth ache, neck or shoulder pain and even back pain or hamstring problems.

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If you have pain in this joint or it doesn´t function as it should whether this is due to muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels or other associated tissues, you are suffering from a Temporo-Mandibular-Disorder or –Dysfunction. It even involves your neck, your back, shoulders and even your legs, well actually your whole body.

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Some say, the TMJ is the headquarter of the body´s balance mechanism. If the jaw doesn´t close properly because of mal occluded teeth, the balance mechanism is forced to adapt.

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However, because it´s under constant stress, the brain is pumping out lots of hormones like noradrenalin and serotonin. This sensitizes the autonomic nervous system, making the patient vulnerable to any other stressors like bad diet or emotional problems. So depression could be linked to TMJ dysfunction.

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You will also discover how TMJ disorders are diagnosed and what kind of treatments are around.

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