The function of digestion is often neglected. However, it is a fundamental process which really influences our quality of life. Let’s talk about it. Digestion is the process by which the food we ingest is turned into nutrients that the body uses for energy, growth and cell repair; in short, so that we can grow, heal, excrete waste, etc…
Where does it take place?
It takes place within the digestive system, which is made up of
the digestive tract :
- The oral cavity (mouth)
- The pharynx
- The oesophagus
- The stomach
- The small intestine
- The large intestine
and the digestive glands:
- The salivary glands
- The gastric glands
- The liver
- The pancreas
- The intestinal glands
Digestion is the process by which the food we ingest is turned into nutrients that the body uses for energy, growth and cell repair; in short, so that we can grow, heal, excrete waste, etc…
So, poor digestion can lead to discomfort such as bloating, vomiting, heartburn, irritation, headache, diarrhoea, and constipation. It can even affect our mental health.
Poor digestion also leads to the gut-brain connection: The central nervous system is in constant interaction with the digestive tract. This connection goes in two directions and is made through nerve pathways. The intestinal microbiota participates in the functioning of the brain and mood regulation. So don’t be surprised to experience bloating, gas or abdominal pain during periods of high stress and vice versa.
As they say ’’If you hold in your poo, it goes to your head’’
FOOD AND SPICES KNOWN FOR IMPROVING DIGESTION
- Tumeric :Turmeric is a bright orange spice native to Asia. Its ability to relieve problems with digestion has been recognized by the World Health Organization. It is known to soothe stomach aches, fight constipation, reduce inflammation and prevent stomach ulcers.
Neem grows in India, Pakistan, China, and Africa, and every part of the tree, including bark, leaves and fruit, is used in traditional Indian and Chinese health systems. Neem helps to reduce bloating, diarrhoea, constipation etc. It is particularly advisable to combine it with turmeric for a better digestive combo.
Lemon is a citrus fruit native to Asia. It stimulates the secretion of saliva and gastric juices, activates the secretion of bile in the liver and aids liver function, which is key for good digestion.
Ginger is a tropical plant that relieves nausea, vomiting, and increases the activity of digestive enzymes. A combination with lemon is recommended for a better effect.
Ginseng stimulates appetite and helps regulate issues such as diarrhoea. As with turmeric, it prevents stomach ulcers.
6. French apple:
The apple, recognizable by its red, green or yellow colour, improves digestive function by lowering the level of cholesterol in the blood. It is also excellent at preventing hunger.
7. Castor oil:
Castor oil is extracted from castor seeds and is used as a natural laxative to act against constipation.
Digestive function is a complex process necessary for our survival. It provides the body with the raw materials for life through nutrient absorption and removes waste through excretion. Any malfunction during this process leads to both physical and mental discomfort. It is therefore essential to take care of our digestion and to look for ways to improve it for the benefit of our well-being.
Translation by Ruby Cain