❓POP Quiz time! When does digestion begin? 

Is it…

a) When food enters the stomach 

b) When food enters the small intestine

c) When you think about food

The answer is….

C! The sight, smell, or even just the thought of food triggers the stomach to start the digestive process. This is known as the cephalic phase of digestion. 

Chewing food is also an important part of digestion. 

In fact, not chewing your food properly can cause digestive problems like IBS, cause you to eat more calories, and even induce a stress response. 

➡️  If you follow us on social media, or are a patient at our practice, you already know that nutrition seriously affects sleep and mental health. 

So when it comes to healthy eating, it’s not just about what you eat, but also how you eat it. 

In this YouTube episode, clinical nutritionist Ailar and I are talking about mindful eating…and how it affects both digestion and mental health. 


We’re discussing:

‣ How mindful eating can help improve digestion

‣ How the way you eat can impact your anxiety levels

‣ 3 mindful eating skills you can start practicing today

Click here to watch the video. 

To your wellbeing,

Dr. Bhopal & The Pacific Integrative Psychiatry Team