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Digestion How it works and how to support your digestion

watch 27/10/2022

Digestion plays an important role in our health and well-being, but most of us don't think about it much. Digestion is the process of breaking down food into the nutrients our bodies need to function properly. Without a system […]

Digestion plays an important role in our health and well-being, but most of us don't think about it much. Digestion is the process of breaking down food into the nutrients our bodies need to function properly. Without a well-functioning digestive system, you won't be able to absorb important nutrients from your food. Not only that, poor digestion can lead to unpleasant digestive symptoms such as bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, and in chronic cases, nutrient deficiencies.

The digestive system includes the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the mouth, esophagus, stomach and small intestine, large intestine, and rectum.

The beginning of our digestion – how it all started

From our mouth, saliva is produced when we see, smell and taste food. We break food down into smaller pieces by using our teeth to chew. At the same time, the enzyme Amylase, found in our saliva, begins to digest starch or carbohydrate molecules. When we swallow these, the smaller particles that have been digested travel down the esophagus to the stomach.

The stomach secretes Hydrochloric acid (HCL), which has many functions, including activating the enzyme pepsin, which, as the name suggests, breaks down proteins. HCL has a very low pH that helps kill germs that get into food. HCL and gastric mucus also protect our stomach from pepsin, instead pepsin digests our stomach and causes mucosal damage as it is a potent enzyme.

Our stomach muscles contract and assist in mixing food particles with gastric juices – think of a washing machine that mixes your clothes with laundry detergent, making sure they are evenly mixed. From there, the particles move into our small intestine.

Inner natural help for optimal digestion

In the small intestine, we get a buffer of bicarbonate produced by our pancreas to reduce the acidity of food mixed with HCL from our stomach. Once neutralized, both the pancreas and liver secrete digestive enzymes and bile to help break down starches (from our carbohydrates), sugars, fats, and protein peptides.

Like the stomach, our muscles contract in the small intestine to mix particles with enzymes and bile. The muscles also help move particles through the small intestine so they can be absorbed. Digested food is absorbed into our bloodstream and the blood carries nutrients throughout the body. Any food that is not absorbed or broken down moves into the large intestine and eventually becomes waste like our feces.

The large intestine absorbs water and any remaining nutrients before eventually eliminating as waste.

How can we support this process?

-Conclude:

Hãy dành thời gian nhai kỹ thức ăn để từ từ giúp phân hủy thức ăn nhiều nhất có thể trước khi vào dạ dày. Một số người nhận thấy rằng ăn quá nhanh hoặc không nhai đủ có thể gây đầy hơi hoặc nhiều khí hơn bình thường.

-Fight hoặc Flight:

We live in a world where fight or flight is almost a constant reality. Whether it's stress at work, balancing our social lives, or taking care of our families and loved ones, we often move and are rarely told to relax and enjoy. One symptom of this lifestyle is the long-term activation of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). The SNS is responsible for releasing norepinephrine and epinephrine into the bloodstream, which helps to increase heart rate to prepare us for action.

While helpful in times of immediate danger or stress, its chronic activation over the long term has negative health effects. When these hormonal changes happen too often, it can be dangerous if we are always reacting in a state of stress to our emotions or events and unnatural stressors are spurred on. by external stimuli such as sudden or immediate threats or challenges.

However, the parasympathetic nervous system is the opposite of our sympathetic system, which is often referred to as the digestive and resting system. We need to activate the parasympathetic nervous system to ensure aiding digestion. It stimulates saliva and performs peristalsis – the movement of the stomach and intestines, to digest food, and secretes bile for the body to digest fats. Additionally, it contracts the sphincter muscles in the intestines and moves digested food material down the digestive tract so you can have a bowel movement. This is why monitoring our stress levels and making sure we relax are so important for optimal digestion and perfect health.

- Making khan:

Water is important for your overall health but more specifically for digestion, it is used to dissolve nutrients so that it can be absorbed into the bloodstream and distributed to cells. necessary. Water also helps soften our stools, making them easier to pass and excrete.

-Fiber:

It is a natural prebiotic and carbohydrate because of its high cellulose content that our bodies cannot digest and comes in two forms. There is insoluble fiber that does not dissolve in water and soluble fiber that dissolves in water. The fiber from the foods you eat absorbs water, making stools bulkier to pass easily.

-Move:

Light exercise can aid digestion. Anything from short walks to yoga can get things moving. Exercise is also a great way to relieve stress as mentioned above being relaxed will aid your digestion.

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