Digestive System Health


Regularly advertisers tell us about the need to keep the body clean on the outside, with a multitude of chemical soaps, shampoos and deodorants while in general there isn’t much said about keeping the body clean and functioning on the inside. When functioning correctly, the digestive system works like a well working drain. Food is ingested, broken down, absorbed and the waste is eliminated. When the body is clean on the inside, typical body odors are reduced or eliminated on the outside. Unfortunately for many, the digestive system does not work as effectively as it should greatly increasing body odor by forcing the skin to eliminate the toxins the colon reabsorbs.

In today’s world with quick fix processed foods, fast food restaurants on every corner and fast paced lifestyles, too often people take the quick and easy way out and eat junk food. Also contributing to a toxic buildup in the intestinal system is the abuse of antibiotics. This leads to two concerns. First, the primary function of the intestines and colon is to absorb nutrients. The body will attempt to absorb nutrients even if the material in the digestive tract contains nothing of nutritional value. Because of this, as waste sits in the colon, unwanted materials can be reabsorbed into the body. Second, as waste builds up, it can begin to dry out and may become compacted. Hard, dry stools lead to constipation and can irritate the colon and rectal tissue as they pass.

What should we eliminate?

Waste is comprised of materials the body doesn’t need or can’t absorb. Some indigestible materials, like fiber, are actually good for your body. Fiber adds bulk to the diet; helps push food smoothly through the intestines and even helps clean the intestinal walls.

Unfortunately, materials like fiber make up only a small portion of waste. Many of today’s highly processed foods are laden with chemicals, flavorings, colorings and preservatives. The body must process, recognize and then remove all of these compounds. These materials are then combined with toxins, environmental pollutants and metabolic byproducts to form waste, which must be eliminated regularly to maintain a healthy system.


Most people eat at least three meals per day. Unfortunately, typical elimination is often less than one time a day. An individual who only has one bowel movement per day may have three to six meals or more worth of waste stored in the bowel. The longer time between bowel movements, the more toxic material builds up, which is reabsorbed by the bowel.

Eating food should stimulate muscle contraction in the large intestine, which helps move waste through the colon for elimination. Food should pass through the system in 12 to 24 hours. There should be at least one bowel movement for each meal eaten on the previous day.

A cleaner lifestyle

Choosing highly processed, low-fiber foods with little nutritional value is counterproductive to maintaining digestive system  health . Eating balanced, nutritionally dense meals encourages proper function and elimination. The core of nutritional needs should consist of raw, organic, whole foods, particularly fruits and vegetables. It should also include nuts and sprouted whole grains. These raw foods contain enzymes that help digest and also provide generous amounts of fiber.


Water is a key component to maintaining proper bowel function. Lack of water can cause stools to dry and harden, which leads to constipation and eventually more serious concerns. Sufficient intake of pure, clean water supports the proper flow of materials through the colon, helps in the dilution and removal of toxins, and keeps you feeling full.

Changing your lifestyle to include raw, organic whole foods and clean water is a first step on the road to a healthier body. Take charge of your life and choose to have a healthier body and lifestyle today.

Source by Jeri Spencer

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