If you have tried repeatedly to figure out if there is a simple formula you could apply, and come out at the other end healthier, fitter, trimmer and full of life, this article will tell you exactly what you have to do. You must have tried several options out there, but it seems like you always end up not achieving any appreciable health results. And it seems like no matter what you try, you just can’t seem to discover the secret to excellent health. At the end of this article, you are going to have at your fingertips everything that guarantees the healthiest possible lifestyle.
The human body is made up of about 78 different organs. I’m sure you are aware of the brain, the skin, the lungs, the heart and the rest of them. Each organ is a collection of millions of cells which group together to perform a specific body function. Every cell in an organ is highly specialized to assist in the overall functions of that particular organ, and the body in general. To perform their duties better, the body organs come together to form systems. Some of the body systems are the cardiovascular system, the circulatory system, the muscular system, the respiratory system, and the reproductive system. But today we are more concerned about the digestive system.
How The Digestive System Affects Your Overall Health
The immune system is directly related to the functioning of the intestines as well the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food during digestion. If your digestive system is functioning properly, your mind and your entire body work in tandem and you feel happy and in a good mood, the reverse is the case if you have a poor functioning digestive system.
When you eat food, your body extracts the nutrients to fuel the body so that it maintains a healthy state. It is the job of the digestive system to extract these nutrients from the foods you eat and absorb and assimilate them into your body. This process is difficult to achieve if the digestive system is not healthy enough. An unhealthy digestive system stores and retains waste and harmful toxins that the body is supposed to naturally dispose.
In the 1930s, Dr. John Tilden in his book Toxaemia explained and presented the concept that toxins were the major and only cause of diseases. According to the doctor, the body is designed to naturally flush out toxins (foreign and harmful materials) but, due to a number of factors, this natural cleansing process is difficult to achieve, and the body gets exposed to a build up of these toxins and the resultant effect of “poisoning” of the body systems.
He carried out extensive research and concluded that, if you can deal with toxaemia, you won’t age anywhere as quickly as you normally would and you won’t go through all the aches, pains and illnesses that so many people have to go through. And this is so true because, if you engage in preventive health habits, you can dramatically reduce the chances of chronic diseases, illness and degeneration of your body cells. But when you expose your body to poisonous substances, Dr. Tilden stated that it becomes difficult to get back to a state of perfect health.
Dr. Kellogg, the famous surgeon and founder of Kelloggs corn flakes also believed that the colon (which is inside the digestive system) could be the origin of most health problems, hence his creation of a brand cereal to help bowel function. He maintained that 90 percent of the diseases are due to an improperly functioning colon.
One of the major problems of a poor functioning colon is constipation. The word constipation is derived from derived from the latin word “constipatis” which means repressed, inhibited, to press or crowd together, to pack or to cram. Common sense tells us that if we retain the contents of our colon, the results will be excess weight gain, disfigurement, and diseases of the colon. All sick people have bowel trouble. All sick people are tired, worn out and weighed down with toxins. And there is no better, more effective way to stay healthy and avoid illness and disease than to do what is necessary to take care of your digestive system.
It is very important that you get your colon into proper functioning condition. If you can’t do this, all other therapies, treatments, vitamins, or any other aid will fall short of their potential benefit. The body’s waste disposal system must work properly, otherwise the body will continue to soak up its own decaying waste, which encourages disease processes and robs the body of vitality and the ability to function optimally. So all congestion and toxins must be removed and it must begin with cleansing of the bowel.
Constipation is one of the most frequent digestive system problems people encounter today. A constipated system is one in which the transition time of toxic waste is slow. The longer the transition time, the longer the toxic waste matter sits in the colon, which allows them to decay, ferment and possibly be reabsorbed into the body. The longer the body is exposed to fermenting food in your intestines, the greater the risk of developing disease, and even with one bowel movement per day you will still have at least 3 meals worth of waste matter putrefying or fermenting in the colon at all times. People having fewer bowel movements are thus harbouring a potentially fertile breeding ground for serious diseases. Infrequent or poor quality bowel movement over an extended period of time may be and will be very hazardous to your health.
Proper colon cleansing removes mucoid plaque (harmful mucus-like material and food residue that coats the gastrointestinal tract of most people) from the colon. Even a thin layer of mucoid plaque weakens the body. Our colon is designed to push out and remove mucoid plaque, but due to stress, diet and some other factors, most of us build up hardened layers of mucoid plaque. When this occurs, the next best thing to do is to embark on a proper colon cleansing process to help you break down and flush out the accumulated mucoid plaque.
How to tell if your colon needs cleansing
When undigested food putrefies in the stomach, it produces toxins in the colon. If the person becomes constipated, more toxins travel and congest the liver through intestinal wall. The main job of the liver is to filter blood and neutralize toxic matters. If the liver gets congested and is unable to neutralize the toxins, they remain in the liver, and some of them are recycled and sent to the kidneys, lung and the skin to be excreted. Some gain access into the bloodstream, the heart and the muscles. If the toxins are not removed, they will affect the body’s ability to produce energy, slow down the digestion process, and the vicious cycle continues.
Here are some of the symptoms of a blocked or unhealthy colon – the symptoms include constipation (include irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea,) weight gain, obesity, stinky gas, pain in the joints, frequent illness, colds, fatigue, cancer, arthritis, heartburn, migraines, poor sleep, diabetes, body odour, bad breath, unexplained lower back pain, and many others. To get your colon back and ensure you not only get back a healthy digestive system but a healthier body that naturally fights off diseases, you have to embark on healthy living harbits.
Healthy Tips That Improve Your Digestive System
The way you live and eat is very important and has a direct impact on your digestive system and how well it functions. If you take the proper steps to improve your digestive health, your digestive system will function more efficiently, and this will ultimately improve your overall health, and here are 8 important tips to guide you.
1. Chew your food properly
If you are the type that rushes through meals and find it time-wasting to chew food, you need to take this seriously. Proper food chewing is crucial for proper digestion. The more you break down food in your mouth, the faster and easier it is for your digestive system to absorb the nutrients from the food. When you chew food, it gives your stomach good time to prepare for the food and your brain is signaled to inform you not to over-eat (a condition that leads to clogging of the intestines.)
2. Eat plenty of fibre
Fibre is very important to the digestive system because it helps to effectively move food through your intestines. There are two types of fibre – soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibre (like beans, oat cereals and oranges) soak up water and help to prevent stool from being too watery. Insoluble fibre (like wheat, most vegetables, corn and nuts) help to add bulk to stool. When you include a good portion of fibre in your diet, your body is able to easily break down fatty foods, which are usually hard to digest.
3. Drink enough water
When you drink enough water, it helps your digestive system to dissolve fat and soluble fibre. This makes it easier for food to pass through your inytestines. Too little water will lead to harder stool that is difficult to be flushed through the colon.
4. Exercise regularly
Exercise increases the flow of blood through your organs and engages the muscles intestinal muscles. This is very important because the walls of the colon need to contract when passing out waste, and exercises tone up these muscles to function efficiently. Any form of execise like jogging, walking, etc., keeps food moving through the digestive system.
5. Manage stress properly
Your body’s entire systems are sensitive to your moods. The digestive system knows when you are stressed up and stops functioning optimally any time your brain signals the body that you are not in a good mood. Stress can thus lead to digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers and excessive eating. What you want to do is relax more, engage in stress-relieving exercises, sleep well, and take life easy.
6. Eat warm foods
Too much cold food and drinks can impair the functioning of the spleen (an important organ of the immune system.) The spleen dislikes cold, and the body’s digestive enzymes need some warmth to be able to properly break down food.
7. Drink less alcohol
Excessive alcohol consumption leads to heartburn, liver problems and diarrhea. It also negatively affects the functioning of the digestive system. When you take alcohol, your body must digest and break down the alcohol. This means that the digestive system’s natural job of digesting your food is suspended, and you have a build up of undigested food particle in your stomach.
8. Lose weight
There are so many health implications of being overweight. One of them is that the valve between the stomach and esophagus sometimes won’t close completely. This allows stomach acid to flow back into the esophagus. If your weight is under control, you ease this build up of pressure and allow your digestive system to function properly.
These are some of the simple things you can do today to ensure your colon (digestive system) is clean, safe, functioning optimally, and allows you to enjoy the best-possible health.