About your digestive tract & the digestive process
Your Digestive system plays a crucial role in keeping you alive and every cell of your body, nourished. It measures about 9 meters in length (usually called the gastrointestinal (GI) tract) and is in the form of a circuitous tunnel, large in some places, tightly coiled in others, through which all the food consumed must travel.
This GI tract is made up, chiefly, of the esophagus and the stomach, the small and large intestines and the rectum, and each is secured by one or more sphincter muscles – which, like the strings of a purse, can open and close at various junctures in the digestive process. The other 2 main components completing your digestive system are – liver and gall bladder.
Liver is an extremely important organ of your body and is a biochemical factory. Its chief functions include metabolism, detoxification, storage, the making of blood proteins etc. Its very important function is the production of bile (which is stored in the gall bladder). This half-a-liter a day produce of the liver helps the fats to be digested and to counteract stomach acid.
The stomach stores and partially digests food that has been broken down in the mouth and mixed with enzymes and saliva. As it churns the mass, the stomach adds more secretions – hydrochloric acid and pepsins. Yet, digestion occurs largely in the duodenum and small intestine. Here additional digestive enzymes and contractions convert food into basic elements such as protein, sugar and fat. It is also in the small intestine that nutrients, extracted from these elements, are absorbed and carried to the bloodstream and lymphatic system and on to, the rest of the body.
During the final stage of the digestive trip, which takes place in the large intestine, indigestible fibers and wastes are compressed, water is reabsorbed, and the mass that remains is ready for elimination.
Helps maintain digestive comfort and promotes healthy digestion.
What can go wrong with your digestive system?
Irregular eating habits, fatty foods, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, stress, hepatitis, intestinal worms, parasites etc. – all can affect the normal and nourishing progression of food through the body.
The usual digestive disorders faced by people are
- Abdominal Pain
- Acid Reflux (Heartburn, GERD, Indigestion)
- Acidity (Dyspepsia, Hyperacidity, Flatulence, Intestinal Gas)
- Bad Breath (Halitosis)
- Bile Reflux
- Cirrhosis of the Liver
- Crohn’s Disease
- Diarrhea (Loose Motions)
- Diverticular Disease (Diverticulitis)
- Environmental Toxicity (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Pollution)
- Hepatitis (Jaundice)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Ulcers (Duodenum, Gastric, Stomach, Peptic)
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Worms (Intestinal, Tape Worms, Thread Worms, Parasite Cleanse)
Acid indigestion and heartburn remedy to relieve burning pains in the stomach, chest or throat.
Apart from case specific conventional medications required to be prescribed by a doctor after a thorough diagnosis, there are many over-the-counter (OTC) medications that are available for various Digestive System Disorders, mainly constipation, diarrhea and , of course, acidity or heartburn.
Main problem with laxatives is that they are habit forming as also result in malabsorption of food, particularly in children.
Antacids – Some of them cannot be taken with milk as they are absorbed by milk; some may interfere with the absorption of antibiotics and other necessary drugs; people suffering from kidney disease should be extra careful as antacids containing aluminum may be contradicted.
Promote healthy digestion and comfort after meals.
Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies
Many herbal and homeopathic remedies have been formulated with specific ingredients to promote gentle food breakdown and support the digestive system. Filipendula ulmaria is a soothing digestive remedy which helps to protect the digestive tract and reduce excess stomach acid.
Matricaria recutita and Ulmus fulva are also helpful herbs in the treatment of digestive disorders helping to address post meal troubles such as heartburn, indigestion and flatulence. In this way, natural remedies can provide welcome relief to after-eating problems.
Tissue salt like Kali. Phos is well known for its antiseptic and cleansing properties and is effective at addressing putrefactive conditions such as halitosis, foul smelling flatulence and stools.
Wormwood, liquorice and agrimony are excellent as worm remedies.