Digestion. 2500 years ago Hippocrates wrote:
»All diseases start in the intestine. «
Although today we know that not all diseases originate from the gut, it is a fact that the gut is our only source of energy and nutrients and also the essence of our defence mechanism. As such the intestines will affect the course of your illness.
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Digestion is a source of energy and nutrients
Although some substances can be absorbed through our skin, digestion in the gut is our main source of energy and nutrients.
Our digestion begins in the mouth where we grind the food while enzymes, salvia and oral bacteria are already beginning to break down our food into its different components. It travels down the oesophagus to the stomach where the main part of digestion starts. Gastric acid (HCl) is the main part of digestion there, without it any further digestion is difficult and ineffective. The lack of stomach acid is a common problem of modern society and classical medicine fails to treat it. After the stomach the food then enters the small intestine where most of the nutrients is absorbed into your blood. The rest gets processed by bacteria in the colon, where stool is later formed.
Through this process we obtain all life-important proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and other substances important for health and energy. These absorbed substances make up our cells, which make up our body. Therefore, it is not only important to eat healthy but to also correctly absorb the healthy food. From this food, we create energy for life, movement and thinking.
Digestion and the defensive mechanism of our body
When we are talking about our defensive mechanism we are talking about our immune system. Immune system cells seek intruders in our body, attacking and destroying them so that we can stay healthy. Our immune system is like a country’s army. During peace we practically don’t need it, but when the attack comes it has to be trained and ready to defend. 80% of our “army” is located in our gut. Imagine that your intestines are your national borders. Tourists, as well as criminals, terrorists and refugees wish to cross. The later three want to be smuggled across the border into your country. The task of your army is to intercept them as close as possible to the frontier before they can do any damage.
If your intestine isn’t healthy then more of these can cross the border which consequently weakens your immune system. And that can cause various illnesses and damage your well-being.
Intestinal flora and health
And then there’s the intestinal flora, subject to intensive research and the medicine of the future. In the intestine, we have 10 times as many bacteria as we have cells in our entire body, and the impact of these bacteria on our body is much greater than we have imagined so far. Our digestion and the food we eat have a strong effect on our intestinal flora.
So if your intestines are your primary source of health and energy, why do you pay so little attention to it?
I know cases of constipation or diarrhea that are so common that people consider them normal. If you have heartburns this is not normal, it indicates problems with your digestion. Common signs of indigestion include nausea, cravings, vomiting, sticky excrement, distinct smelly excrement, very light or dark feces, thin feces, pieces of undigested food in the stool and some worse such as blood in the stool and chronic diarrhea with weight loss.
Gut problems are very common and many do not even show up as a digestive disorder. You can have a good digestion but at the same time problems with food absorption, which always leads to illness and malaise.
When did you last do something for your digestion and bowel health? If you have any symptoms mentioned above or some other indigestion, you must urgently resolve them. If you do not have symptoms, take care of the food that will benefit your bowel and your intestinal flora, be mindful of the environment you live in and avoid stress. These are key factors that affect the health of your gut and consequently your health and well-being.