Good health starts in your gut!
Healthy digestion is nothing short of a miracle!
Everything we eat is processed by the digestive system and transformed into building blocks and protective substances for the body.
Correctly speaking, the body does not live on the morning breakfast cereal or the delicious spaghetti from lunch, but on the nutrients, which are contained in the food we eat. To get to those nutrients, we must digest the food. Digesting food means to break it down, absorb its nutrients in the small intestine and distribute them throughout the body via the bloodstream and the lymphatic system. Therefore, digestion is about vital energy and nutrients for every single cell in our body.
Healthy digestion is essential for our health and well-being.
Digestion begins in the mouth. By chewing the food, we not only break it down but also mix it with saliva. Saliva contains certain digestive enzymes, which already start breaking down carbohydrates while we still eat. It is therefore crucial for good digestion to take time for eating and chew the food properly. Only in this manner can the saliva mix sufficiently with the food and break down the starch it contains. “Well chewed is half-digested” is rightfully so an old saying.
The stomach – acidic food storage
From the mouth, food travels down the esophagus to the stomach, where it is further broken down. The gastric juice comprises hydrochloric acid, mucus, and digestive enzymes. These digestive enzymes specialize in breaking down proteins. The hydrochloric acid helps break down the proteins and kills germs. Depending on what we eat, food lingers in the stomach for between two to four hours.
The small intestine – the source of digestion
Once the food has been sufficiently broken down in the stomach, it travels into the small intestine’s first section. The broken-down food is mixed with digestive secretions from the pancreas and gallbladder. The bile contains various bile acids, ensuring that the food’s fats dissolve in the liquid environment. The pancreas’ digestive secretion neutralizes the acidic food and breaks down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Once the nutrients have been broken down into their individual components, they can be absorbed through the small intestine’s mucosa and released into the bloodstream and lymphatic system. This part of digestion takes about 6 hours. The indigestible food components, such as dietary fiber, are then transported further into the large intestine.
The large intestine – the water recycler
Since the absorption of nutrients can best occur in a liquid environment, it is highly diluted during digestion. Therefore, the indigestible food components reach the colon in a very liquid form. The colon’s task is to extract this liquid and the electrolytes (minerals) it contains from the digestive residues. This process takes about 7 hours. The stool ends up in the rectum, where it stops for about another 7 hours before it finally leaves the body.
This is when all goes well.
But what if you do not have access to the food you are used to? When you go out with your friends or with the festive season only days away. You might overeat, and who could say no to all that food, friends, and family have provided for you.
If your sensitive digestive system gets upset, I have a little treat for you:
DiGize™ Essential Oil.
This oil contains Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, and Patchouli – all ingredients known for their digestive properties. It comes in a small 5ml bottle, which you can put in every purse to have it right with you should you need it.
Here’s how I use it!
I put a little on my finger and put it under my tongue. If you try that and think it’s too powerful, Digize Vitalit is excellent as a hot tea. One drop of DiGize™ and some raw honey are the perfect combination. Being keto, I use stevia to sweeten my tea. Don’t knock it till ya try it 😉
Did you know
If the digestion system were an Olympic discipline, our intestines would rightly have to be called top athletes: In a 75-year life span, around 30 tons of food and 50,000 liters of fluids, as well as pollutants, pathogens, and bacteria, travel through our intestines? I call that impressive!