Importance of a Healthy Digestive System
What is the digestive system?
The digestive system simply put is a food processing pipe. It starts at the mouth down through the throat (pharynx) leading down to the stomach and continuing thereafter to the small intestine and lastly the Colon or Gut. The length is approximately 27ft long and the food that we eat should be eliminated as waste from the body around 18-24 hours later.
Healthy/ Unhealthy digestion?
Healthy digestion would be a normal state within the body if ate a good balance of the foods we know to be good for us as well as appropriate levels of hydration through regular drinking of water. An unhealthy digestive can lead to all sorts of symptoms both major and minor. Some of the most common signs would be indigestion, heartburn, stomach cramps, bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhoea, tiredness, poor concentration and memory, poor skin.
We need nutrients from the food we eat and so it makes sense that we should try to eat sensibly and maximise absorption of all the good things a balanced diet brings. Eating too much saturated fat, sugars, caffeine and alcohol etc contributes to a sluggish digestive system that will not only lose the ability to absorb properly but will also decrease in the elimination process of bowel movements leading to toxins building within the body. It has been said many times that potentially 80% of disease/illness starts in the Gut. Up to 70% of your immune system relies on a healthy level of essential friendly bacteria that reside in the small and large intestine (Gut). Poor eating with excesses of alcohol leads to a decline in the essential bacteria and allows the non-essential (bad bacteria) to increase, which can compromise your immunity.
We should all consider eating as close as possible the recommended 4/5 portions of fruit and vegetables daily, ideally focusing mainly on the vegetables. White meat and fish are easier to digest for the majority of people and red meat should be limited to those with a sensitive stomach. Certain nuts , grains and seeds can help add other essential nutrients and give a feeling of fullness between meals helping to reduce snacking on junk food. 8-10 small glasses of water daily is recommended as a minimum guide. Little and often is best to help the body absorb. Regular exercise is also key to maintaining a healthy digestive system and many people have come to realise that having regular colon hydrotherapy helps enormously. Regular use of a good quality probiotic supplement can really help support weakened digestion helping to reduce gas/bloating and improve bowel movements.
David developed his career in Colon Hydrotherapy through the European School of Colon Hydrotherapy. Having worked with various clinics within London, including Harley Street, he has built a large client base that has stayed faithful to his professional ability, making him one of the best known therapists in his field of work, frequently listed in the top 100 complimentary practitioners in London.
• Compliementary Medicine Specialist
• Colon Hydrotherapist
• Qualified remedial therapist