The expression “Death Begins in the Colon” may or may not be accurate, but few will argue that a poorly functioning digestive system can make you feel ill.
Digestion actually begins when our senses react to the look and smell of food. Ever had a “mouth watering” response to looking at food, or smelling it? Saliva is activated, getting us ready to digest our food.
The next step is chewing – Chewing is an important step in the digestive process, breaking down food into particles our systems can handle. We are frequently “eating on the run”and not chewing our food properly, which hampers your digestion.
Food then passes down through your esophagus on it’s way to your stomach – rhythmic muscle movements called peristalsis aid the transition from your mouth to your stomach.
Your stomach is a flexible sack-like organ which churns food and produces digestive acids to further the digestive process. It’s essential to know that Nature expected us to get digestive enzymes from our food to help this process, though for a variety of factors (like eating cooked food) it’s difficult for us to get enough of these enzymes. Read more about enzymes and download our free enzyme information booklet.
In the next part of it’s journey your food enters enters the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine, followed by the jejunum and the ileum (the final part of the small intestine). In the small intestine, bile (produced in the liver and stored in the gall bladder), pancreatic enzymes, and other naturally produced digestive enzymes produced by the inner wall of the small intestine further assist in the breakdown of food.
The next step is the large intestine where some of the water and electrolytes (chemicals like sodium) are removed from the food. Many microbes (like good bacteria and probiotics) in the large intestine help in the digestion process. The first part of the large intestine is called the cecum (the where your appendix is connected). then travels upward in the ascending colon. The food travels across the abdomen in the transverse colon, goes back down the other side of the body in the descending colon, and then into the sigmoid colon.
At the end of this long, complicated journey wastes are excreted via the anus.
So you can understand how this long process may be compromised by bad eating habits, lack of proper hydration, lack of enzymes, lack of probiotics and build-up of toxic matter in your colon.
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