We don't wake up one day with heartburn or indigestion, we don't inherit constipation and we don't catch a peptic ulcer. The truth is that most digestive problems come from years of eating the wrong foods, not chewing enough, an over use of antacids and long term digestive abuse.
To understand the digestive system is to recall fourth grade science and remember that the job of this very important process is to ingest, digest, absorb and eliminate all the food we eat.
The digestive process begins at the first thought of food. The salivation in your mouth when you think about a delicious morsel prepares the mouth for the first step.
You eat food and as you chew digestive juices mix with it, you swallow and it passes down the esophagus into the stomach where acids further break down proteins into their simple building blocks called amino acids.
Finally the stomach empties its contents into the small intestine where more digestive juices are added to break down the sugars and fats. Once broken down into small molecules the intestine allows the nutrients to pass across the walls into the blood stream where they are utilized by the cells, organs and muscles.
All undigested food is then eliminated. Once in the large intestine undigested food is eliminated. If you have any digestive problems you must understand that they are mostly functional and not structural. There are some very simple things that you can do to improve the function of your digestive system.
Digestion begins in the mouth, it is important to chew your food adequately. Combining the right foods together will make the digestive process more efficient;