Promoting a Healthy Digestive Tract
Healthy Digestion is the Highway to Health
… Bad Digestion can be the Road to Ruin
Di·ges·tion is: the process of breaking down food
into more simple chemical compounds
to make the food easier to absorb.
Estimates are that more than 80 million Americans are paying the price for bad digestion – heartburn, indigestion, IBS, diarrhea, constipation, food intolerance, frequent illness, gas, bloating and more.
They choose to:
- Suffer with the consequences of neglecting this aspect of their health
- Instead of choosing to manage the health of their digestive tract.
Managing digestion is easier than you might think.
It requires 3 things:
- A basic understanding of healthy digestion.
- A few minor changes in your diet.
- Supplements to restore digestive function (including digestive enzymes and a probiotic of friendly intestinal microbes) and then, maintain healthy digestion afterwards.
What is Healthy Digestion?
Digestion is an intricate dance between enzymes, stomach acids and microbes. One partner preparing the food for the next with one goal – a strong, healthy body.
It is the process that keeps you alive, breaking down the food you eat, converting it into different nutrition components that are absorbed carrying the nutrition in the blood stream to nourish and sustain your body.
In truth, everyone benefits from a healthy digestive system. But, they pay a terrible price when it goes astray – they learn how much pain these powerful, caustic substances can create.
The Processes of Healthy Digestion
The process is an elegant interplay of these functions which occur along a tube called the digestive tract.
- Teeth grind the food, mixing it with saliva (containing an enzyme called Amylase) passing the ground food on to the top half of the stomach (the pyloric stomach).
- Muscles mix the ground food with enzymes, both resident enzymes (food enzymes) and with the body’s enzymes (digestive enzymes), which turns the food into a liquid. more …
- After a brief resting period, the liquid is passed through an acid bath in the lower half of the stomach (the gastric stomach).
- The acid rinsed liquid is delivered to the intestines to be neutralized,
- final processing accomplished by an extensive and diverse number of microbes. more …
- The processed nutrients and microbial byproducts pass through the intestinal wall.
- Water and recyclables are recovered, wastes wait to be expelled from the body. more …
There are three parts of digestion: Enzymes, Acids and Microbes
The process is fully dependent on the interplay between:
- Enzymes (both enzymes in raw food and digestive enzymes produced by the body)
- Stomach acids
- And friendly intestinal microbes (implanted at birth and shortly thereafter).
It is these friendly intestinal microbes, in the final analysis, that are responsible for the final conversion of food to absorbable nutrients.
Enzymatic Action from Raw Food and Digestive Enzymes
The first part of the process (enzymatic) is pretty simple, but it can go astray.
- Inadequate chewing affects the size of the food particles contributing to inadequate liquefication.
- Inadequate food enzymes content (which are destroyed by processing and cooking) can create inadequate liquefication.
- Diminished reserves of digestive enzymes (due to consuming too few raw foods) can create inadequate liquefication.
Gastric Action by Acids Produced in the Stomach
Each of these situations place more demands on the gastric stomach which responds by producing more stomach acid.
Microbial Action Performed by Friendly Intestinal Microbes
The final part of the process, Microbial, while simple is quite delicate. Intestinal microbes (micro flora) finalize the conversion of the liquifed food into absorbable nutrients and, along the way, create other byproducts on which the body depends.
These Friendly Micro Flora are Vulnerable - Especially to Antibiotics.
Prescriptive antibiotics are the most obvious culprit, but, agricultural antibiotics, which are used extensively for production of meat and dairy products, find their way into our bodies in the foods we are eating.
Changes in the acidity in the intestines due to dietary choices, alcohol, stress and excess stomach acids impact the extensive intestinal micro flora colonies.
Decreasing numbers and diversity of intestinal microbes (probiotics) affect nutrient absorption, specifically and health, generally, since our bodies rely on the byproducts produced by these microbes. NOTE: Once they’re gone, they must be reintroduced into the intestinal tract)
It is clear that 80 million Americans,
who are experiencing declining health,
could benefit from managing their digestive system.
For most of us, an enzymes supplement , to promote enzymatic action and a probiotic supplement, to reinforce the army of friendly intestinal microbes, should be the cornerstone of a supplementation regimen; otherwise, we could be wasting a perfectly good nutritional strategy. One example of a dual-purpose nutraceutical supplement is NUPRO’s BenePak more … .
The relationship between health
and this delicate process is quite clear.
You cannot benefit from the food you eat,
enjoy good health, or life
without good digestion.
Stop paying the price.
Choose a nutraceutical system can help stop the pain and embarrassment of declining digestive function and to help restore this important, delicate process.