Improving The Digestive
Healing and the Digestive Process In order to understand how
foods are effective in healing the human body it is essential
first to understand how the digestive system works.
In order for carbohydrates to be properly digested the
entire process starts in the mouth where the food is first
broken down by the chewing action of the teeth and also due to
the chemical side of digestion, which is to say by way of the
salivary enzyme amylase.
Once food reaches the stomach, gastric juices begin to
digest the proteins that are in the food and the food that is
only partially digested at this point becomes very paste-like
in substance and is now given the name chyme.
To backtrack a bit, the gastric juices in the stomach are
made up of pepsin and hydrochloric acid. The chyme is then
released into another organ which is the small intestine and
the digestive bile that comes from the gallbladder, liver and
pancreatic enzymes as well as the enzymes that derive from the
exocrine cells that make up the mucosa in the small intestine
then round out the complete digestive process in regards to
carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
The food that has now been digested is absorbed by the villi
(or the intestinal wall lining) and then it goes directly into
the blood stream. The "nutrient void food" then makes its way
as carefully as possible into the large intestine and once it
reaches the large intestine it absorbs electrolytes and water
and from here there is the completes process of feces or waste
from the body which includes the formation, storage and finally
elimination of wastes the body does not require.
In order to have excellent gastrointestinal and intestinal
health you have to be careful what you put into your body when
it comes to the foods you eat and the drinks you
Quick Reflexology Fact
As many holistic nutritionists would agree, you will find that it is very beneficial to consume as much whole foods as possible. Keep in mind that processed foods are one of the biggest sources for the toxins we build up in our systems; the very toxins that reflexology strives to rid the body of. Outside of a whole foods diet, the basics of a good diet always apply.
The better care you take of your body the more likely it
will be to reward you with good health, stamina and vitality.
In order to allow your stomach lining to be as healthy as
possible and to improve how well your liver and intestines
detoxify themselves, learn to chew and eat your food as slowly
as possible and schedule your meal at regular intervals. Work
to balance out your macro-nutritional needs as well as
For example aim for 30 percent of proteins, 50
percent high fiber, 20 percent essential fatty acid fats and
low glycemic carbohydrates. Doing all of these things can help
to develop and maintain the excellent condition of your colon
and it can also help to prevent harmful toxins from getting
into your bloodstream. All of your meals should also
sufficiently address the important of micro-nutrients which is
to say vitamins, minerals, enzymes as well as essential
phy6tochemicals that come from, vegetable, whole grains and
fruits with a plant base.
Did you know that most cereals have added
sugar or sweeteners, even those that say they
are the healthier options? Health shops stock
unsweetened varieties like oats, wheat, corn
and rice based cereals.
Phytochemicals were never researched very much
in the past but now the focus has shifted and researchers and
scientists are coming to recognize the extreme importance of
them, despite the fact that they are classified as
"nonessentials." Scientific research has shifted its focus from
seeing foods as simply a means to an end when it comes to
preventing deficiencies in the body to a means of healing the
body when it comes to ailments and diseases and encouraging