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How Your Digestive System Works

Healthy Bowel Movements And Your Digestive System

Digestion Begins With Your Eyes!

Digestion is a process that has great significance to your well-being. So take a few minutes to remind yourself how your body digests food. This is an automatic function that we are usually not aware of. Digestion of food starts with your eyes, believe it or not. saliva forms in the mouth just by looking at food getting your digestive system ready to start working. You then take food into your mouth and start chewing. Food gets broken up from large to small lumps and to make sure your food is easily digested it's best to chew your food until it becomes liquid, if you can! Your saliva starts breaking down the food you put into your mouth and sugars are absorbed immediately. Watch this great video that really explains digestion well.

Food Then Travels into Your Stomach

The food goes down into the stomach. The stomach then churns the food with gastric acid. The type of food you eat determines the time it spends in your stomach. The acid breaks down your food into a gloopy liquid called chyme, it passes to the duodenum. Here it is neutralized and bile from the liver and kidneys are mixed in. The bile will emulsify or break down the fats into the essential fatty acids. Enzymes will separate the food into minerals, micronutrients, vitamins and the smallest components the body requires. This chyme now passes to the small intestine.

Small Intestines

The job of the small intestine is to absorb the bulk of the goodness from the food. Blood vessels run just below the membrane of the intestines, and the minerals and vitamins are absorbed here. Fats are absorbed by the lymph system. The bloodstream and the lymphatic system will now take the goodness to where it is needed.

Your Food Ends Up In Your Colon

Finally your colon receives the chyme for processing and recycling the water content out of the liquid resulting in stools being formed. The length of time material is spent in the colon will directly affect how much water is drawn out and the consistency of stools.

Constipation and Diarrhea

Diarrhea is the symptom that material is passing very quickly through the colon, which means that very little liquid has time to be drawn out. In the case of constipation, material is passing very slowly through the colon and more and more water is being drawn out making the stools firmer and harder to pass.

Your colon, or large bowel is more than a metre long. Your rectum and your anal passage are known as your large intestines which begins just above your appendix and is known as the caecum. It continues upwards as the ascending colon almost to the ribs on the right hand side and then loops across to the opposite side. This is called the transverse colon. It then drops down the left side and this is called the descending colon, which loops again into the sigmoid, just before it joins the rectum. Last of all comes the anus.

Your colon stores faceal matter. The lining of your colon is called mucosa, which forms a barrier to such things as virus infections and unhealthy bacteria. The muscles of your colon are constantly moving and contracting carrying the matter up and onwards on it's journey.

What is a normal bowel movement?

One this is clear from the little research that has been done on what is classed as normal bowel movements and that is, we are all different. For some people opening their bowel once a day is considered normal, for others it can be three or four times a day. It all depends on your metabolic system, how quickly your body digests your food and of course, the quality fiber you eat in your diet. There is also the question of medications that have a side effect of making you constipated. Doing an organic herbal colon cleanse twice a year will assist your colon in staying healthy.

Bristol Stool Scale For Poo

The Bristol Stool Chart is a medical aid designed to classify the form of human faeces into seven categories.

bristol stool chart

Type 1 and 2. Constipation is hard, dry, lumpy stools that are difficult or painful to pass accompanied by bloating and discomfort. Constipation occurs through chronic dehydration, not enough fiber in your diets or medication. Drinking plenty of water each day really helps. If you are unable to exercise and have a diet that contains little fiber resulting in constipation look at different ways of changing your diet and consider doing a herbal colon cleanse to clear the bowel. To be honest in order to promote healthier bowel movements you will need to be drinking at least 1 lt of water daily, or 2 if possible.

One in 5 middle aged women suffer from constipation. Adult males have fewer problems but the incidence of constipation rises in both sexes with advancing age. People say they are constipated when they can not empty their bowels as often or as easily as they would like. A desirable bowel habit is a once to twice daily evacuation of a softly formed stool passed without difficulty or pain, in a timely fashion. There is wide individual variation in normal bowel habit.

Some people hold onto their motion for many days. The large bowel absorbs water from the stool, which may become hard and dry and difficult to pass. Cramp and abdominal pain is common, and is usually relieved with evacuation of a bowel motion. By doing an a herbal colon cleanser you will help your colon evacuate built up faceal matter and promote healthier bowel movements.

Normal Bowel Movements

Type 3 and 4 are considered to be normal bowel movements. They are easy to pass and leave no mess on the toilet paper.

Type 5 to 7 Indication of loose stools or Diarrhoea There are lots of different known causes for people experiencing diarrhoea and not all of them an indication that something is wrong. Prolonged diarrhoea is not normal and could indicated a problem.

  • Bowel or stomach infection
  • Food allergies or intolerances
  • Too much consumption of alcohol
  • Over use of laxatives
  • Possible Diverticulitis
  • Possible Crohn's disease
  • Possible ulcerative colitis
  • Possible irritable bowel syndrome

Oat and wheat bran, brown rice and pasta, green vegetables including cabbage, spinach, and brussels, when in season peaches and strawberries. Apples with skins, banana's, Avocado and sunflower seeds are just a few examples in high fiber.

Yummy Healthy Breakfast

In a bowl put 2 tablespoons of organic oats I like the medium size oats. Pour over coconut milk (no added sugar).Put to one side to soak. In a jam jar put a teaspoon of chia seeds and enough coconut milk to cover well. Shake up and allow to stand to 10 mins. To the oats add a spoonful of ground flax seeds and a tablesppon of organic dried grapes, Black Muscat are beatiful and you can get them from here You can add a sprinkling of organic psyllium, which you buy from our shop Add the chia seeds and a little more coconut milk if needed. This is a great raw fiber breakfast and a wonderful combination that really helps with regular bowel movements. Our quick bowel cleanse is also a good option for helping with constipation. In some cases, especially with a lazy bowel doing a Quick Bowel Cleanse is all that is needed to shift the built up material in your bowel.

Please Note

We are selling loose herbs we are not selling herbs as therapeutic pre-packaged products. All products are made up individually and only blended and encapsulated once you order. We make no therapeutic claims about the blends we sell. Always drink plenty of water and add extra fiber to your diet. If symptoms persist seek medical advice. Self-diagnosis is unadvised.

If you are trying to conceive, pregnant or breast feeding do not take any herbs without consulting a qualified practitioner. Herbs may not be suitable for children, always seek professional advise. Information provided on this web page is for educational purposes only. Please do your own research about the herbs we offer. The full ingredients can be found in the eBooks and we encourage you to read before you order. Self diagnosis can be halmful to your health so please seek advise from your doctor, or health practitioner if in doubt. We offer a free consultation.

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