GUT ISSUES? START HERE.
Written By Camille Hoffman
We’ve all had minor digestive complaints from time to time, but ongoing issues like bloating, heartburn, excessive gas, loose stools, constipation, and stomach cramping are not normal. And guess what? You don’t have to live with them! In fact, these symptoms are clear messages from your body that something is not right. In this article, I’ll share 8 tips to improve digestion, why it’s important to get to the root cause of digestive dysfunction, and how to better understand what your body is telling you.
LET’S START WITH THE BASICS Here’s a quick rundown of the phases of digestion:
Smelling and thinking of food begins the digestive process with salivation.
In the mouth, saliva and chewing begins to breakdown food before it travels to the stomach.
Food enters the stomach, where acid and digestive enzymes break down food.
In the small intestine, bile and pancreatic enzymes break down the food further into small enough fragments to be absorbed in the bloodstream and delivered to cells.
5. In the large intestine, bacteria breaks down remaining food particles and produce small amounts of vitamin K and B vitamins. Here, some useful substances are absorbed into the bloodstream. Toxins can also move into the bloodstream from here, particularly if fecal matter is moving through too slow.
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Source: Hoffman Natural Health