The human digestive system is a complex series of organs and glands that processes food. In order to use the food we eat, our body has to break the food down into smaller molecules that it can process it also has to send out waste. Poor digestion has been a problem for all of us at one time or another.
Depending on the specific foods you eat, the lifestyle you live, and your physical and medical condition can determine and have a direct effect on the efficiency of your digestive abilities.
To properly digest your food, you need digestive enzymes. If you eat cooked and processed foods, you are using up your natural supply of digestive enzymes. So, as you age, digestion becomes more difficult for your body. It’s proven that older people have lower quantities of natural digestive enzymes than younger people do. Digestion is an important process and key to excellent health. Good digestion can help speed up metabolism while poor digestion causes a sluggish metabolism and weight gain.
Overeating is a main cause of digestive problems. The body can only digest a certain amount of protein at one time. What isn’t digested gets stored as waste and creates toxins. Too many different types food will require more enzymes than your body can produce at one time. This will lead to digestive problems.
Most people this if you don’t finish chewing your food, it will just take longer to digest in the stomach. This isn’t true. If you don’t complete the chewing process your stomach enzymes cannot do their job. This makes it almost impossible for the intestinal enzymes to break down the food when it finally gets there.
Your teeth need to break down the food you eat, into a substance that your stomach and intestinal enzymes can then break down. Adding to this your saliva is full of digestive enzymes. Which these enzymes start the digestion of starches. One step has to be completed before and of the other steps can work.
Poor digestion leaves the body and the immune system in the same dilemma that poor nutrition does, a lack of nutritional factors that support immune functioning and the function of the entire body. This happens because a poor functioning digestive system has lost some of the ability to turn what’s consumed into a form the body can use.
We’re using up digestive enzymes faster than we used to and we have a limited amount of them. Processed food is a contributing factor. There are numerous symptoms like gas, bloating, belching, muscle pain, skin disorders, insomnia, constipation, diarrhea, and heartburn. An insufficient digestive system will take away enzymes from the immune system to operate as a result weakening the immune function. Poor digestive means increases the body’s toxic load.
The average American diet does not contain enough live foods. As we age we also decrease our enzyme stores in our body, making digestion more difficult.