Digestion in Humans

Digestion in humans is quite complex. The complexity comes from our emotions, the environment and the foods we eat.

Disorders which result from poor digestion are bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, brain fog and fatigue. And also dis-eases such as:

  • Irritable bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Colitis
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Allergies, Asthma
  • Acid reflux

Digestion is important because without it we cannot receive our nourishment for overall well-being. Be aware of your STRESS level.  Stress - whether emotional, environmental, or from dietary choices - can be very hard on digestion, which is then hard on us.

Our emotions have a profound effect on our digestion; anger, too much worry and anxiety are three powerful emotions which affect our digestive health. These can cause bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, upset tummy and so on.

Our environment today is full of chemicals in our air, water, cleaning products and personal hygiene products, and this affects the liver and lymphatic system. Having  too many chemicals to eliminate creates health disturbances in our body. Colon cancer and other cancers are among those diseases which stem from too many chemicals.  Consequently, it also disturbs the hormonal system.

Our Food especially commercial food, is full of chemicals, additives, food colouring, growth hormones and antibiotics. If you reside in North America you also face the potential of Genetically Modified and Irradiated food. Commercial food  lacks nutrients because the soil has been depleted from mono-culturing and excessive use of pesticides and herbicides. Today, commercial food is not only missing those essential nutrients such as minerals in the soil which carry over into our food but vitamins such as antioxidants, which keep our immune system strong, and stop accelerated aging in humans and our animal friends. Therefore, it is important for   for the digestion in humans and our animal friends, that we eat foods  raised and grown without chemicals, in nutrient- rich soil.

Digestion in Humans

Stress and digestion issues affect the immune system because stress makes it hard for our digestive tract to properly secrete enzymes such as protease, one of many enzymes for protein digestion. Lipase for digestion of fats, amylase and other enzymes for the digestion of complex carbohydrates and the secretion of hydrochloric acid are all necessary for the digestion in humans of our foods which hold the nutrients. 

Stress also affects our hormones (endocrine system), the Liver and Gall Bladder, which play a key role in digestive and hormonal health.

If we have too much stress we can suffer from all kinds of health issues

Digestion in Humans
Find ways to balance stress

We can't always get away from it, but we can  learn self care techniques to assist us in finding a healthy balance.

If you're under stress for prolonged periods or you're feeling run down, nervous, anxious or irritable and need to eat, drink your nourishment

  • Make soup
  • Drink some Super Greens
  • Make a  protein drink with Super Greens
  • Have rice porridge known as congee.

Eat foods that are easy to digest, like stir fries or stews. Get your greens from your super green foods such as barley grass juice or powder, chlorella powder, wheat grass juice or powder, or spirulina. All these foods are very rich in nutrients and very easy to absorb. The reason I like to drink my nourishment when I'm under stress is it bypasses digestion and allows our nutrients to be easily absorbed in the small intestines where we receive our nourishment also, when we rest the digestive system, the energy we would use for digestion is directed to other parts of the body, for increased healing.

Liver & Gall Bladder

The Liver and Gall Bladder work as part of digestion in humans;  the gall bladder is very important for many reasons.

Bile aids in the digestion of fats necessary for our:

  • Brain Health
  • Immune system
  • Nervous system
  • Endocrine system

Gall Bladder assists in elimination of toxins via the large intestine (colon)

One of the main organs responsible for overall wellness is the LIVER. The liver has a great deal of responsibility to help our entire body maintain wellness. One of the main purposes of the liver is to detoxify chemicals from our food, air, water and prescription drugs. When we are exposed to excess chemicals the liver can no longer detoxify and cleanse so the chemicals are reabsorbed, creating digestive and hormonal imbalances. The reabsorbed chemicals become xeno-estrogens which move into the receptor sites (home) of the phyto-estrogens (natural estrogen from food). When this happens it creates hormonal imbalances, putting stress on the very delicate endocrine system especially the thyroid and adrenal glands.  The liver is also responsible for storing the blood and purifying the blood, as well as aiding in the digestion of fats (gall bladder).

In Traditional Chinese Medicine the Liver also affects:

  • Spleen & Pancreas (part of digestion)
  • Thyroid Gland which governs how quickly fats are metabolized 
  • Kidneys (part of our constitution) which are
  • the MOTHER of the Liver

Digestion in Humans

Food rich in enzymes, that are fermented/cultured and herbs are easy ways to assist you in healthy digestion

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