There are several benefits to taking the time to chew your raw foods thoroughly. One, of course, is ease of digestion. Chewing helps produce saliva, which contains enzymes that are needed to help break down our food. Also, chewing reduces the size and surface area of our food so that the enzymes can do their job of breaking down the foods more efficiently. After all, it has been said that the stomach has no teeth. But proper chewing of an abundance of raw foods benefits more than just digestion.
Thorough chewing can also aid somewhat in the prevention of dental erosion and loss of bone mass.
Saliva provides buffering capacity that resists acid attacks. This buffering capacity increases with the flow of saliva. The more you chew thoroughly, the greater the salivary flow rate. Saliva is also supersaturated with calcium and phosphorus, which inhibits demineralization of tooth structure.
If you still experience loss of bone mass on the raw food diet, the lack of physical activity is to blame! To illustrate this we have to understand how the human body builds bone mass. Bones are piezoelectric: they give off an electric current when they are mechanically stressed. In other words, if you take a bone, and apply pressure to it, it will actually produce an electric charge. In your body, this electric charge attracts a matrix of minerals to the location that’s being stressed where they add to the bone mass density and essentially build bigger and stronger bones. So you know to exercise your body, but how about the frame for your face, in particular your jawbone?
Facial exercises are an essential anti-aging practice.
If no pressure is applied to the bone it will be re-absorbed so that the priceless calcium can be deposited elsewhere. The jawbone begins to dissolve, resulting in concave surfaces, causing that “sunken mouth” look. This sunken appearance to the lower face makes us look older than we actually are. Bone loss also contributes to deep wrinkling, a pointed chin and jowls, and reduction in biting strength. It could be concluded that the lack of hard chewing because of missing teeth, crowns or other dental work adversely affects the growth and development of the jaw.
Only the jawbone that has chewed often and hard will retain its shape and form. Here is another reason to eat your salad: chewing your raw foods, such as greens, vegetables and roots is very good for your beauty! The following exercises will help prevent bone atrophy and shrinking gums. These simple exercises will bring fullness to the drooping, wrinkled and sagging lips and help to restore normal facial aesthetics.
Be aware that these exercises are very uncomfortable at first! Like any exercise the discomfort diminishes as your get stronger.
Closing Your Jaw Against a Force: Place your thumb upwards against your upper teeth while you push down against your lower teeth with your index finger and close your mouth while resisting with your fingers.
Repeat 20 times per day!
Opening Your Jaw Against a Force: Place you fist under your chin and press up while you open your jaw. Hold your elbow on the table while doing the exercises. I found that using a small rubber ball (about 5 inches in diameter) instead of my fist works better for me! You can buy such a ball at any department store in the toys section.
Repeat 20 times every day.
Moving Your Jaw Sideways Against a Force: Hold your right fist against your lower jaw. Now move your jaw sideways to the right while resisting the movement with your fist; then hold your left fist against your left jaw and move your jaw sideways to the left against your fist.
Repeat 20 times every day.
For my complete facial exercise regimen refer to Rawsome Flex.