Food Digestion Process
Your digestive system breaks down the food you eat, and make it easily absorbed by your body. Your mouth, stomach, and intestines produce juices that help digest food. Other organs such as liver, pancreas, and stomach also play major roles in food digestion.
When you eat food, they’re not in the form readily available for the body to absorb, so your body relies on digestion to break down food into smaller parts. The nutrients are then absorbed and carried throughout your body by your blood. It’s used for energy, repair and growth, and a host of other functions.
The organs in your digestive system contain muscles that enable the walls to move. This continuous movement moves food through your digestive system, and its called peristalsis. Imagine a wave continually rising and falling on your digestive organ walls, and you can imagine how food is moved.
If something’s not going right in your digestive system, you’ll be quick to find out. I don’t want to bore you with details about the digestive system. I’m more interested about showing you how you can improve your health by improving your digestive system.
Human Digestive System Problem Signals
I’m no stranger to digestive problems, and most people aren’t either – they just won’t admit it. Although I’m healthy, and rarely get sick, I would have to admit that my stomach is the weakest link in my health.
Even if you think your stomach is perfectly healthy, you should take good care of it. Most people don’t realize that they have stomach problems to a certain extent. Digestive problems are so common that it’s regarded as ‘normal’. However, it’s not, and you can do something about it.
You see, doesn’t matter how good your diet is, it all goes down the toilet if your digestive system can’t properly digest the food for your body to absorb. What are some signs of a ‘bad’ stomach? The most common stomach problem sign include: diarrhea, gas, bloating, cramps, indigestion, heartburn, constipation, and other mid section discomfort.
Do one or several of these symptoms affect you? Probably. Then you have some digestive problems. Maybe you constantly feel bloated, or experience heartburn often, or maybe you get constipated. There’s a reason behind all this, and it all starts with your diet and the food you eat.
Helping Food Digestion Naturally
To help digestion, nature has placed enzymes in the foods we eat. The enzymes help break down food, and make it easier for our body to digest and absorb the nutrients. There are four specific enzymes that break down foods:
- Lipase breaks down fats
- Protease breaks down protein
- Amylase breaks down carbohydrates
- Cellulase breaks down cellulose
These enzymes help our digestion system. Our bodies has enzymes that break down food, but we can also get enzymes from the food we eat to help digestion process.
Here are some tips on eating to help your digestion:
- Eating vegetables raw. Enzymes are lost through cooking, and refining food processes.
- Drink some water with a few slices of lemon before a meal.
- Serve a salad before a meal. The raw veggies not only gives you enzymes, it also has fibers and a host of other nutrients. Most leafy, green veggies encourage enzyme release from your digestive tract.
- A glass of wine also helps digestion.