Part 2 of our gut – digestion series.
If you missed part one you can read and watch a video of us sharing our story.
Each year, millions of Americans are diagnosed with digestive disorders, ranging from the occasional upset stomach to the more life-threatening colorectal cancer. They encompass disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. Some of the more common types of digestive disorders are Diarrhea, Diverticular Disease, Heartburn, Inflammatory bowel diseases, Irritable bowel syndrome, Lactose Intolerance and Stomach / Duodenal ulcers. These diseases affect sixty to 70 million people and account for approximately 50 million dollars in physician office visits per year. Source
Pretty crazy, right?
So many of us are suffering from digestive disorders with more and more being diagnost with this and that.
Can we fix this problem?
We think so.
And we hope this series helps you! Please leave us a comment if you are enjoying this series so we can keep doing videos and blog posts for you!
In today’s Purely Talk we are diving deeper into what is digestion.
What is digestion? What is happening inside our body?
Digestion is a complex process that uses a group of organs all working together to make food as energy for us to survive. The digestive system breaks down the food to provide the body with nutrients and creates waste to be eliminated.
One thing that we’ve come to understand more is that no matter how clean we were eating, it did not help improve our health. Why? Because we realized our metabolism was weak so it wasn’t getting the energy and nutrients to function normally. Our gut health was so poor that it created a snowball effect. Our body was fighting for energy and nutrients it needed to fight bacterial imbalances and inflammation. We developed food sensitivities, skin issues and hormone problems. Crazy to think about? It really all does start in the gut!
The digestive tract (or gut) is a long twisting tube that starts at the mouth and ends at the anus. There are several important accessory organs that help your body to digest food.
They include: the teeth, tongue, salivary glands, liver, gallbladder and pancreas
Simply put –> digestion begins with CHEWING.
This is where digestion of carbs begins.
Chewed up food passes through the esophagus heading to the stomach.
Importance of the stomach:
The stomach begins to make acidic digestive juices to break down protein.
If the stomach is not working properly then a person won’t make enough digestive juices. When you don’t have any digestive juices the nutrients from the food won’t get absorbed. This leads to nutrient deficiencies that leads to poor health.
Next up is the pancreas:
The pancreas takes what the mouth and stomach could not digest and finishes the job!
DID YOU KNOW when you do not chew carbohydrates well that puts a huge stress on your pancreas.
Poor little guy.
He is doing all the work that the stomach should be doing.
Why does this matter? Results in slower digestion.
Now the food is heading towards the small intestine.
In the intestine, the food mixes with bile produced in the liver.
Inside the small intestine the body continues to break down carbs and proteins from the pancreas as well as getting bile from the liver.
Remember fiber cannot be broken down at all!!
The small intestine deals with a lot of digestion as most nutrients are absorbed there.
Whatever waste is leftover is moved onto the large intestine. The goal of the large intestine is to get rid of waste.
Pretty much that means poop.
YAY POOPY DANCE haha
Do you get excited like we do when we GO?? haha In our house we call it our poopy dance. We like to make it an exciting thing! A happy experience.
Why is the liver so important for digestion:
It’s main function within the digestive system is to make and secrete an important substance called bile and to process the blood coming from the small intestine containing the nutrients just absorbed.
The liver is the main filter. It is in charge of a lot of tasks.
Many disease symptoms can be the result of a poor liver function because it is overloaded with toxins.
Something to ponder…the liver is the true key to metabolism.
Having a sluggish liver can lead to a sluggish thyroid. And having an overburden liver can lead to gallbladder problems.
With all these issues can lead everything to a more aggravated stomach as toxins get built up and things get blocked up, etc. This makes the stomach hypersensitive!!
Toxins move into the bloodstream, which since the liver is overloaded, the kidneys step up.
Although the kidneys cannot always handle this. Toxins start to irritate all the cells in the body.
Then it enters the lymph system.
Lymph system cannot handle toxins that are now coming in from the blood.
You can see where this is going.
Pretty much everything in the body is affected by poor digestion.
When you have an under active bowel toxins just circulate from one body part to the next. This means your body is not healing or rebuilding, as it is focusing on fighting off the toxins.
“Now, as the stomach becomes even more sensitive, it can react to a large number of things. Even foods that would never be suspected of being harmful to a person can aggravate the already weak digestion. The result is slower digestion, increased growth of the intestinal bad guys, more fermentation and putrefaction toxins, more liver overload and increased sensitivity. The problem becomes a vicious cycle, which can get even worse. Source – Eating Alive.
AHHH! All our problems. How true this is. That was our vicious cycle.
We noticed when we did our gut healing journey last year we had NEW symptoms. New problems. And we thought why?
Interesting. Now we are understanding why that was happening.
How do you improve all of this??
You guessed it — with better digestion! Get the toxins out.
It is time to stop popping over the counter pills to help with it. We know as we used to that many years ago. The more you rely on pills the more you cover up the problem.
It’s time to get our digestion back! Get our health back. Get our energy back. Get our skin back. Get rid of the bloat!
Are you ready?
Key take aways:
Start slowly. Don’t feel you have to do 10 different things to get better digestion.
Start chewing your food.
Even better slow down and ENJOY your food. Perhaps sitting down with no TV.
Anyone else guilty of standing and eating? We tend to rush food when we stand, but hey we are busy girls and got things to do. Not sure if our digestive system likes that.
Your part 2 homework –> part two homework for healing digestion (click to print and fill out)
Coming next Thursday we discuss all the different elimination organs.
Articles to check out:
How digestion work and how to fix it? — a very detailed article
Digestive system – very cool picture of how everything works and what is getting broken down
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