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A Healthy Digestive System

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Helping people achieve a healthier home and a healthier body [a central focus and mission of the Savvy Team] requires the ability and understanding to help them achieve that optimal physical function, which depends absolutely on a healthy, functional digestive system. The rapid rise in childhood diseases has been linked to many problems in the home, and there is much research that points to nutritional deficiency, toxicity, and possibly infection or inflammation as being the main culprits.

Families have long had need for a preventative healthcare regime, simple enough for them to implement on a day-to-day basis. One that focuses on improving cellular health by optimising nutrient intake while minimising toxins in the home, one that clears the detox channels of the body and allows the body to heal. That’s where the Savvy Team come in.

The Savvy Team are a business and community group of independent members who operate entirely from referrals, word-of-mouth and free community information sessions, and they provide regimes that help people improve their digestion and look after their body as a whole.

Let’s begin at the beginning. Digestion is the process of changing food into a form that the body can absorb and use as energy or as the raw materials to repair and build new tissue. Digesting food is a two-part process that’s half mechanical, half chemical. Food passes through a long tube inside the body known as the alimentary canal or the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract). The alimentary canal is made up of the oral cavity, pharynx, oesophagus, stomach, small intestines, and large intestines. In addition to the alimentary canal, there are several important accessory organs that help your body to digest food – but do not have food pass through them. Accessory organs of the digestive system include the teeth, tongue, salivary glands, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.

To achieve the goal of providing energy and nutrients to the body, six major functions take place in the digestive system, however one crucial activity in the small intestine, that happens during the digestive process is the breaking down of your food. Even if one of these vital processes fail to perform, then that would give rise to many complications, out of which, colostomy happens to be the worst. One then would have to get a colostomy support belt by Stealth Belt and accumulate excreta in a pouch. Your small intestine keeps food for up to four hours while it breaks it down and turns it into a watery mix. The primary function of the small intestine is to absorb nutrients and water, achieved by mixing food with digestive enzymes to increase the contact of foodstuffs with the absorptive cells of the mucosa.

In humans, the small intestine is about 5 to 6 m in length and comprises approximately 1% of body weight (ca. 0.7 kg for adults), which is significantly smaller than the liver (ca. 1.5 kg for adults). Approximately 6 to 12 liters of partially digested foodstuffs, water, and secretions are delivered daily to the small intestine. Of this, only 10 to 20% are passed on to the colon, because most nutrients, electrolytes, and water are absorbed as they are trans- ported through the small intestine.

The small intestine is also responsible for separating the vitamins from the food and sending them where they need to go. In addition to this fundamental role, a secondary function of the small intestine arises from the fact that it is also a major route of entry into the body for many xenobiotics including drugs. Although the small intestine is regarded as an absorptive organ in the uptake of orally administered drugs, it also contributes substantially to the overall first-pass metabolism of drugs before sending them off to the liver.

A healthy colon eliminates waste within six to 18 hours after every meal–this means having two or three bowel movements a day. A clean, healthy colon efficiently also eliminates potentially harmful toxins. A clogged, unhealthy colon allows toxins to back up into the liver and bloodstream, polluting the entire system. This is extremely significant in as much as the colon is the major side of exposure to the bulk of endogenous bacterial proteins, enterotoxins, and breakdown antigens, which may be involved in the pathogenesis of a number of diseases, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, food allergies and allergic gastoenteropathy, bacterial enteritis and certain extra-intestinal immune-complex diseases.

Heavy metals as well as some chemicals, can lead to a Th2 (T helper type 2)-skewed immune system, with an increase in humoral or antibody immunity, as compared to cellular immunity. This can result in excessive allergies and autoimmunity as seen in nut allergies, food sensitivities, asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and more.

In the past it was medically thought that the large intestine was not really too involved in absorption (it’s principal absorptive functions being to conserve water and electrolytes secreted into the gut during digestion). Many thought all of the absorption of nutrients occurred in the small intestine through the villie However, recent research has demonstrated that, among other things, the colon does in fact participate in protein absorption.

Even more important than protein absorption is the operation of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) in the colon. These are nerve endings that are attached to the colon wall and they provide nerve impulses to stimulate the operation of the various organs and glands within your body. The type of stimulation that the ANS is able to provide to your organs and glands is a direct reflection of the health of your colon.

To effectively treat inflammation, nutritional deficiencies, immune dysfunction and digestive dysfunction a comprehensive treatment program must be initiated. You can no longer depend entirely upon the foods you eat, as this article Death Begins In The Colon shows. The programs the Savvy Team recommend consists of three primary elements:

  1. dietary modification,
  2. nutritional supplementation,
  3. detoxification,

These sit in alignment, alongside any medications you may be on. If in any doubt you must contact your health adviser. They will certainly tell you that bowel cleansing is an important and essential element in any lasting healing or wellness program. As the recent article Your Microbiome And You explains, there is a whole lot more going in in your gut than you realise. For more information on detoxing, bowel cleansing or digestive issues, please contact the person who sent you to this site, or [email protected]

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