MykoTroph Nutritional Concept
“Well chewed is half digested.”
Much useful information on healthy nutrition has already been published. For that reason, I only want to concentrate on the basic principles of a healthy and well-balanced diet here.
Of course, we should make sure not to eat too much animal fat, too many carbohydrates and most of all avoid refined sugar. In the meantime I believe most people are aware of the fact that vegetables, fruits and mushrooms should be prioritised in healthy diets.
Adhering to a healthy and well-balanced diet helps to ensure our body’s sufficient supply with the nutrients it needs for proper vital processes.
However, the food also has to be digested and made available to the body’s cells via the bloodstream.
So, chewing the food in our mouth is already one of the basic conditions for a healthy diet and digestion. In my opinion, the most serious mistakes in terms of nutrition are already made at this point. We have forgotten the fact that digestion - i.e. releasing the vital substances - begins in our mouth.
It is important to know that what we fail to do in our mouth as the first step in the digestion process cannot be made up for at any later stage, e.g. in the stomach or intestines. This alone reveals the importance of proper chewing.
Chewing does not only serve to reduce the food to small pieces. By insalivating it intensely, we also change the food’s pH value. Saliva has a neutral pH value of about 7. Thorough chewing can thus convert any food’s pH value towards an alkaline one. This is important because the pH value in our stomach generally ranges between 1 and 3. The higher the difference in pH value, the easier it is for our body to break down the food and the more vital substances derived from food can be made available to the body cells.
Thorough chewing - which means that every bite should be chewed about 50 times - is also very supportive for those who frequently suffer from heartburn, and is the first step in overcoming this unpleasant disorder.
However, one frequently hears: “I don’t have the time to chew each bite 50 times!”. Yet, if we eat only half as much in the time that we have for our meals because we chew the food more thoroughly, we release our body from the stress of large-scale digestion processes. Due to the increased efficiency made possible by thorough chewing, our body cells are provided with the same amount of vital substances that would be available if we ate twice as much. The body can then use its precious energies for other important things such as repair processes.
Even Hippocrates said: “Let your food be your medicine!”
Scientific studies have already verified the positive virtues of various fruits and vegetables. Thus, modern science recommends consuming fruits and vegetables of all five colours daily to ensure our organism is provided with the entire nutrient range.
Due to their specific nutrients, mushrooms as vegetables should be an integral part of a healthy diet. Mushrooms are the only kind of food that has wood as a nutrient basis. Only mushrooms subsist on wood and thus provide us with nutrients, vitamins and minerals not found in any other food.
Mushrooms have high vitamin B content. They are also rich in ergosterol, a vitamin D precursor, and vitamin E. Moreover, they contain high amounts of minerals, and some of them contain all eight essential amino acids required for cell formation. This is of particular importance for all those who aim at reducing their meat consumption, i.e. especially for vegetarians and vegans. Mushrooms furthermore contain all eight glyconutrients, i.e. essential sugar, which is crucial for proper cell information. This cell information is not only vital in the treatment of cancer but generally for our immune system’s regulation.
Important for all those who wish to reduce their weight or avoid weight gains in general also is the fact that mushrooms are low-calorie and barely contain any fat. Of course this is also an important aspect for those with diabetes type II or the metabolic syndrome. Moreover, one should know that mushrooms have blood-sugar lowering properties due to their ingredients.
Those who cannot or do not want to eat a small serving of mushrooms every day can compensate this with mushroom powder capsules. Different fruits and vegetables plus mushrooms ensure a balanced diet. Important though, as already mentioned, is to remember to chew every bite at least 50 times.
No less important it is to take the time to prepare and arrange our meals on the plate and to acknowledge that we eat with our eyes first. We should pay great attention to our meals so that we can fully enjoy and properly digest our food.
Proper eating habits and healthy ingredients can also help adjust our day-night rhythm. Thus we should consume stimulating foods in the morning and calming ones in the evening. In general, protein-rich foods have rather stimulating properties while vegetables are rather soothing. Vegetables and mushrooms should thus also be eaten in the evening.
People whose feet, hands and nose tip are frequently cold suffer from energetic renal insufficiency and should thus avoid raw vegetables. They should always serve vegetables warm but avoid overcooking them: the vegetables should still be firm enough that one must chew them.
Finally, I would like to mention that the old saying “In the mornings, eat like a king, at noon like a nobleman, and at night like a beggar” still applies.
If we observe this old wisdom, we may confidently hope to reach an old age in good health.
Yours Franz Schmaus