ALL ABOUT DIGESTION
Why is digestion important?
The digestive system is a group of organs working together to convert food into energy and basic nutrients to feed the body. Your digestive system breaks nutrients into parts small enough for your body to absorb and use for energy, growth, and cell repair.
When the digestive system is out of balance, we can become less efficient at breaking down food and absorbing what we need from it. This results in symptoms like nausea, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, low energy, and eventually malnutrition.
Digestive problems are best considered by asking three fundamental questions.
These three stages - digestion, absorption and elimination are vital for overall health and wellbeing.
How does digestion work?
The digestive process begins as soon as we see, smell or even think about food. We salivate to get ready for swallowing and begin to break down food as soon as it enters our mouths.
Once we swallow, food travels through the oesophagus and into the stomach where it is combined with acid and enzymes that break down our food a little bit more. Once the food reaches the small intestine, a secretion of enzymes are released to break down the food and absorb the nutrients. Our colons then help absorb whats left of the fluids and nutrients before we form stool and eliminate what we don’t need.
Foods to include: