Is Your Digestive System Killing You?

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.

Your Colon
Your Colon

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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Nasty Build Up in Your Colon
Nasty Build Up in Your Colon

Another thing causing us problems is, believe it or not – parasites. A huge number of people are unknowingly affected by intestinal parasites which cause a range of problems. Find out how you can rid yourself of these nasties Get Rid of Colon Nasties.

Intestinal Parasites
Intestinal Parasites



Probiotics and You

Healthy “Intestinal Flora” contributes to a healthy immune system and digestive system.

There is a war going on in your digestive tract. We all have good microbes (intestinal flora) residing within us, but there are bad ones as well. Disease-causing bugs in the intestine must compete with the “good” microbes.

What we need is an effective way to not only help keep the balance, but to actually let the good flora win. You need more good bacteria to allow your immune system, which is your body’s defense mechanism, to fight against the millions of bacteria you consume each day.

Stress and changes in diet can compromise your overall health. If your diet includes sugar and fatty meats then you are giving unfriendly flora in your digestive system the advantage. Of course some drugs, like antibiotics have a detrimental effect on your intestinal flora as they cannot distinguish between good bacteria and bad, so both die.

Probiotics support the immune system and enhances health by allowing the good intestinal flora to win. What are some examples of probiotics?

  • Bifidobacterium lactis: a friendly bacteria often found in yogurt that is known to help stimulate immune responses.
  • Lactobacillus casei: works with other helpful organisms, and helps to encourage the growth of other “good” bacteria.
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus: assists your elimination and occasional intestinal discomfort by working to stabilize your intestinal microflora.
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus: guards the health of your entire digestive tract.

Healthy digestive probiotics and the benefits they provide are all the rage now! The popularity of Probiotics is steadily increasing thanks to many high profile stars in Hollywood. Celebrities are now using Probiotics to give them the health benefits such as weight loss, anti-aging, energy boosts and much more. Probiotics is now becoming the supplement of choice amongst the celeb elite!

Early research shows Probiotics may also have a role in preventing colon cancer. It may produce natural antibiotics that kill destructive bacteria, strengthen the intestinal lining or simply just crowd out other, possibly harmful, bacteria.

Probiotics are vital for proper digestion of fats and proteins, synthesizing of vitamin K, vital for the prevention of osteoporosis and many of our B vitamins, plus they detoxify the intestinal tract and reduce cancer risks.

Eat more of the helpful bacteria, and you can stave off stomach problems. Research shows Probiotics significantly cuts the rate of many types of diarrhea, particularly the type that develops after a person has taken a course of antibiotics.