How To Deal With a Slow Digestive System

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  By: Holly Haden

Digestion is the means by which the food we eat gets broken down into nourishment and energy. The specific purpose of our digestive tract is to fulfill this specific purpose in order to keep our body’s functionality at its maximum. The most common digestive problems include slow digestive system and inadequate enzyme digestive levels.

These enzymes break down polymeric macromolecules into their smaller building blocks. This can be found on both humans and animals in the digestive tract to aid in the digestion of food as well as inside cells such as their Lysosomes.

Within the small intestines, the Jejunum and Ileum secretes a juice called ‘succus entericus’ that contains the following types of enzymes:

            Sucrase, which breaks down sucrose into glucose and fructose

            Maltase, which breaks down maltose into glucose.

            Isomaltase, which breaks down maltose and isomaltose

            Lactase, which breaks down lactose into glucose and galactose

If and when any of these enzymes are not on its adequate level, we get what is commonly known as Digestive Problems.

For a slow digestive system, most often people opt to get more fiber in their body to move things along to a more normal and comfortable rate. You can also add physical mobility or exercise to relieve the distress you experience from a slow digestive system.

How can you know if you suffer from a slow digestive system?  Some symptoms are constipation, bloating and heartburn. To this date, studies show that all these symptoms are linked to a stress-related disorder.  Another contributing factor is eating too much fatty food.

Having a good grasp of understanding of your digestive system anatomy will help you to resolve your digestive health issues faster.

There are ways to help deal with digestive problems with changes at home that doesn’t involve prescription medications. All going back to our food habits including stress-reduction, positive attitude reinforcement, and nutritional support.

These problems can be enormously improved with the help of herbal remedies. You can find plants to stimulate digestion or relax it, ones that can aid in expelling gas or soothe pain and inflammation.

Most of our culinary herbs have the ability to facilitate digestion. People shy away on a wide array of food and herbs that can greatly affect and improve their health issues.

Bitter foods are usually shunned by many as part of their normal diet. But bitters perform a valuable function as they stimulate digestion and even one’s appetite. It prompts the body into making more digestive juices such as hydrochloric acid in the stomach and digestive enzymes in the intestines. Along with it, it stimulates the gallbladder to contract and release bile. This process helps break fatty foods into small particles that enzymes can easily finish breaking them apart for your body’s absorption.

That in itself is important because fats carry essential fatty acids, like omega-3s, along with fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, and E and Carotenoids like beta-carotene.

Some common bitter digestive stimulants include angelica, black cohosh, dandelion, skullcap and yarrow and even a tea per day can enhance your digestion sufficiently.

To dispel gas in the intestines, you need Carminatives. Herbs that lend a hand for this category include fennel, lavender, mint, rosemary, and juniper. Rosemary is a good example of an herb that does two things for your digestion. It increases digestive juices and bile like the bitters while also helping you dispel gas out of your body. Adding it to your meals each day will help you along in solving some of the problems you encounter daily.  Adding rosemary and fennel together into a meal aids in digesting fat even on high-fat content dishes. These herbs not only help you but for the most part they add flavor to your meals.

For muscle relaxing, antispasmodic herbs will help. As the name suggests, these are herbs that help relax muscle spasms and will end any intestinal cramps. Tea, chamomile, lemon balm, mint, valerian, wild yam, lavender, black cohosh are few antispasmodic herbs.

There are also food with properties that are helpful in soothing, coating, and lubricating.  These properties are demonstrative of what Demulcents can do to our digestive system. Some great examples of demulcents are marshmallows, oats, and  mullein tea which we can enjoy all day long giving our digestive system some ease along with it.

All of these can be found easily in many groceries and in your pantry. Knowing what they can do to you and your digestive anatomy is a great tool in beating the discomfort associated with digestive problems.

 Holly Hayden is a respected authority on how to cure your hemorrhoid naturally. Her free report on this method has helped thousands of people see a hemorrhoid surgery alternative to cure bleeding piles. Holly has become a popular underground speaker on natural remedies in recent years.

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One Response to “How To Deal With a Slow Digestive System”

  1. Jason says:

    I find your diet makes the biggest difference whether you have difficulty digesting your food or not. Some people can eat certain things and some cannot, I think that’s just the way it goes.
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