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The Human Digestive System: Why Caring for it is Important?
Friday, February 16, 2018

“Health is like money. We never have a true idea of its value until we lose it”
—Josh Billings

Science today proves that the man was right! Some of the most major begin somewhere in the gut. Obesity, for example, in one of the leading causes of deaths in humans. An average human consumes almost 500 kg of food every year, 11.5 litres of digested food passes through the digestive tract every day, of which only 100 ml is lost through feaces. To digest these enormous numbers, our mouth produces 32 ounces of saliva each day. It is one of the busiest systems of the body in terms of workload.

The colon and rectum are the ending parts of the human digestive tract. The places where digested food is absorbed and undigested foods are sent forward for excretions. Research today has shown that it is extremely vital to keep your digestive system in top notch shape to ensure a healthy body and lifestyle.

Easiest entry point for microbes
The nose and mouth are the easiest access points for disease causing organisms to enter your body. The human ear, nasal and oral cavity are connected to a similar point which means that anything entering from these parts can easily enter your digestive system too. These organisms can settle anywhere between the throat to the rectum and cause corrosion of the walls, and if left unchecked this can lead to ulcers and on to cancerous growths. Food particles and unhygienic meals that have not been washed or cooked properly can harbor bacteria and other harmful germs which enter the body and have disastrous consequences.

Digestive health affects other parts too
Hippocrates said all diseases begin the gut. Science has been trying to unravel the mystery behind his statement through research and facts. Surprisingly, it has been established that ailments of the stomach impact other parts of the body too. This is usually because the activities of the stomach, the secretions and movements influence the brain, and depending on the signals being received, the human brain sends positive or negative triggers to the body which in turn interprets and responds accordingly. So it is true that food might affect your mood.

Tips to improve the health of the digestive system
Having established that caring for the digestive tract is important, it is equally essential to follow it up with a few suggestions on how to improve the health of the organs that are part of your digestive system:

a. Drink ample amounts of water: It is recommended to take in half your body weight (in ounces) of water every day. However, it is important to drink water 30 minutes before a meal and avoid it during meals. Even after a meal wait 1 hour before drinking water. This practice helps improve the effectiveness of digestion and excretion.

b. Eat raw fruits and vegetables: Experts say that at least one meal a day should be made up of fruits and vegetables which are loaded with fiber which are essential aids for digestion.

Your body is the only place you have to live in so it is imperative to protect it at all costs. Science has established that the digestive system is the hub for all diseases because it it where all bacteria eventually land up. Once there, these agents can influence the functions of your brain and other systems too. A few maintenance tips for the digestive system include consuming plenty of water and fibers through fruits and vegetables. Having the knowledge and acting on it can help avoid long term problems in the future.

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