The Importance of Digestion Part I

Digestion is an essential part of health. Often times we do not realize there is something wrong with our digestive tract, until we start to show early signs of acid reflux, heart burn, GURD, diarrhea, constipation… Sometimes these conditions are so much a part of our lives that we neglect the symptoms.

Digestive issues when they are not addressed become larger and may manifest as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, even cancer and death.

Healthy digestion is important. Listening to the minor signs of diseases in the digestive system and correcting them before they become bigger is the key to health, mobility and longevity.

You may have observed a family member falling asleep at the dinner table after a large holiday meal. In order for the body to digest the food it is forced to shut down by putting you to sleep so it can do its work without interference.

Some signs that you are not digesting properly are:

·         Excessive gas

·         Flatulence

·         Bloating

·         Diarrhea

·         Constipation

Here are some causes of constipation

·         Not enough water

·         Sedentary lifestyle

·         Improper chewing

·         Stress

·         Neglecting the urge

·         Not enough fiber

·         Overuse of laxative

·         Diet rich in starches

·         Not enough fruits and vegetables in the diet

·         Some medications like: narcotics, pain medicine, iron pills, anti-depression

Here is chart of the digestive system; it works like an assembly line.

Disclaimer: This article is intended to provide general educational information. Information provided should not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, you should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

This article is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical advice, and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider's judgment. Nor should readers rely upon my information if they might need emergency medical treatment. I strongly encourage readers to consult with a qualified health care professional for answers to personal questions. By writing this article I do not establish a doctor-patient relationship with the readers.

The information and opinions expressed here are believed to be accurate, based on the best judgment available to the author, and readers who fail to consult with appropriate health authorities assume the risk of any injuries.

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