Digestion

Digestive System

digestion

The human digestive system consists of the gastrointestinal tract plus the accessory organs of digestion (the tongue, salivary glands, pancreas, liver, and gallbladder). Digestion involves the breakdown of food into smaller and smaller components, until they can be absorbed and assimilated into the body.

The process of digestion has three stages: the cephalic phase, the gastric
phase, and the intestinal phase. From the moment we put food into our mouth, the digestive system is engaged. We need all parts of the digestive system in a happy balance and good health in order to properly digest and receive all the nutrients from our diet.

It is important to eat foods that are good for our blood type. In order to help aid our digestive system, the diagram above is a great way to ensure each organ is properly taken care of.

At least once a year, we need to help clean out the organs that are always under stress or constantly working. Since we never really stop eating, these organs have non-stop work. So, cleansing each organ associated with the digestive system will only help you digest your food better and stop things like bloating, pain in the abdomen, and may even help you lose weight. Plus, it will boost energy as you will absorb your nutrients to aid in all your bodily functions.

SMALL AND LARGE INTESTINES

Small Intestine:
The small intestine, the primary gastric organ in human
body is the longest component of our digestive tract. It is
approximately three times the length of our body. Also, ingested food stays for about four hours in the small intestine. It takes this long because 90% of nutrients from our ingested. food is absorbed into blood through small intestine. The small intestine will digest proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates.
The small intestine is a coiled tube that is further subdivided into three components from proximal part (stomach) to distal. All three components aid digestion in small intestine.

The parts of small intestine are: Duodenum
The duodenum is the shortest region of about 25.4 cm. It creates a C-shaped curve at head of the pancreas before joining the jejunum. The
entire length of duodenum can be divided into four parts-superior, descending, horizontal and ascending duodenum.

Jejunum
Jejunum is about 3 feet long and stretches from duodenum to ileum.

Ileum
The longest part of the small intestine is ileum which is about 6 feet in length. Ileum also helps in the process of digestion of
food in small intestine.

Absorption
After the nutrients are broken down, those are absorbed by inner walls of the small intestine and transported into the bloodstream. Absorption takes place with the help of fingerlike tissue called villi.

Herbs to boost Small Intestine:
SIBO-specifically to small intestine bacterial overgrowth.
Holy Basil-Great for boosting the break down processes, stops spasms, and combats bloating.

Ginger: To help produce the bile that is released into the small
intestine to break down fat into smaller molecules.

Calming Chamomile: Soothes the duodenum and aids in absorption.

Capsicum: to improve circulation to and from to aid in digestion as well as absorption

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Large Intestines

The large intestine function is not just the storage of digestive waste; it does a lot more. For example, the large intestine function is to absorb water and vitamins from the food matter. It converts the remainder into stool and expels it from the body through the anus. The large bowel is five feet long with a diameter of 2.5 inches. The colon is much shorter in length in comparison with the small intestine. However, it has a wider diameter. It is for this reason it is known as the “large” intestine.

The colon is divided into 4 components, each of these components performs a specific task related to the large intestine function.

Cecum:
Cecum is a small pouch which connects
the small intestine to the colon. Food
material, water and salts pass down
from the small intestine to the colon
through this pouch.

Appendix:
This vestigial organ is thought to have been an important source of antibody production. Meaning a big portion of your white blood cells (immune system)
are made here. It also does the job of storing friendly bacterial species. Such
bacteria help in the rebooting the human digestive system after diarrhea.

Colon: (Ascending, transverse, and descending) It is the main part of the large intestine. It is the part where the absorption of water, salts and vitamins takes place. Stool forms in the colon which then makes its way out of the body through the process of defecation.

Rectum:
The last component of the large intestine is the rectum. It makes a connection with the anus. The rectum serves as a temporary storehouse for the stool. It also helps in the process of expelling the waste materials out of the body.

Herbs to aid in Colon Health:
Fiber Cleanse: To help move stool out Bio Fiber-to remove yeast in the colon.
Probiotic Acidophilus-to build healthy bacteria in the colon.
Colon Calm-to build the integrity of the colon and calm spasms within the colon causing IBS

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