The Digestive System
The digestive system runs from the mouth through to the rectum. In many ways it is the focal point of the body. It is our earthy center. Whatever we eat, we must have the ability to absorb and make use of it. Most illnesses, from chronic diseases such as cancer to many modern allergies, arise out of gastrointestinal debility, with a range of causal factors that include bacterial, fungal, and viral overgrowth.
One such condition is “leaky gut,” in which the integrity of the stomach becomes thinned and leaky like a colander. One survey has shown that the high incidence of asthma among children — and, no doubt, the whole spectrum of allergies — is caused by low hydrochloric acid levels, leading to low levels of vitamins B12 and B6 and magnesium. Note also that if you are in blood group A or B, you may have a tendency toward low hydrochloric acid levels, resulting in poor digestive enzyme activity.
Working out which foods suit you and can be processed efficiently by your body is a key factor in the upkeep of your digestive system and balanced health. As a general rule, you should avoid common food intolerances, vary and rotate foods, and increase fiber intake by eating whole grains, vegetables, and fruit. It may also be necessary to take probiotics occasionally.
Good chewing is vital, and you can check on how good you are at it by looking at your stools. If you are able to recognize much of your food, then chew more! Even if you are desperately hungry, restrain yourself because your haste may easily backfi re. In the short term it may produce gas, and in the long term, poor assimilation and ill health, not to mention a backed-up bowel, resulting in constipation or diarrhea. Take it slowly and chew
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