Here are the basics.

Your digestive system is divided into four main parts, the stomach, the small intestine, the large intestine and the rectum.  In addition,  the mouth,  liver,  pancreas, gall bladder and the kidneys all contribute to the processing and distribution of the nutrients we need to live a healthy life.   Once the food leaves the stomach it moves into the small intestine, (15 to 23 ft long), where the blood vessels lining the intestinal walls  draw away nutrients as the

Digestive Organ Viewliquified foods travel toward the large intestine or colon.    The large colon, (4 to 5 ft long) is the last part of the digestive tract that removes excess water and nutrients before the food is moved to the rectum and eliminated.  The total time a meal is in the intestinal tract varies from 30 to 40 hours.  According to studies different foods ingested during the same meal move at different speeds thru the intestinal tract.  It is generally thought that consistant movement of the digested food thru and out of the body is the right environment for a healthy colon.


Here is the Rub

Stress, lack of exercise, poor diet, over consumption of any foods, eating late at nite, surviving on gallons of coffee and cigarettes and certain heriditary factors all contribute to a unhealthy digestive machine. When the intestines,  both large and small are not functioning well because of the habits mentioned above,  the body finds it more difficult to draw the healthy nutrients  needed from the digested foods and to rid itself of the remaining waste products.   The longer the food remains in the large intestine the more dehydrated it becomes sometimes  adhereing itself to the colon walls.  This can block or slow down the normal flow of food traveling through the bowels.  Treatments such as colonics and enemas  rehydrate the waste products and help the colon empty itself.  A better and more comfortable solution would be to adjust your diet/lifestyle to ensure that the digestive organs can function correctly.

A few tips for keeping your digestive system healthy:

Take a serious look at your daily diet.   Eat as many fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains as possible.  Stay away from processed foods, eat smaller more frequent meals, pay attention to the foods that make you drowsy after consumption and avoid or decrease the amount you eat of these foods. Be aware that at first you will crave the rich fatty foods, the salty foods and the artificially  sweet  you are trying to avoid.  It will take some time to accustom your tastes to the more simple pure foods.  Eat the night meals earlier so as to avoid going to bed with a full active digestive system.

Set aside a daily time for exercise. A brisk walk, regular sports participation or working out at the gym will help your bodies circulatory system, and offset the effects of stress. Exercise will help the lymphatic system remove cellular and toxic waste.  Avoid the overuse of antibiotics.  The regular use of these drugs destroy the bas bacteria that is causing you to feel bad as well as the natural bacteria in the digestive system that the body relies on to process food.  If you must use antibiotics to treat an illness make sure to replace the bacteria thru the consumption of foods containing live cultures of bacteria or take probiotics.