Digestive System

The digestive system breaks down all of the food we eat, which is later transported throughout the body by the circulatory system before waste is eliminated.

Digestion has 3 stages: CHEWING, ABSORBING AND ELIMINATING.

A weakened digestive system is commonly the cause of digestive discomfort including bloating and constipation. For healthy eating to lead to improved health the digestive system has to be working efficiently.

Many processes occur within the body at each stage, which is possibly why digestive ‘issues’ are very common.

Each process requires elements to make it effective: gastric acid, enzymes, H2O and mucus amongst them. As with other systems, nutrients can help at each stage:

  • Magnesium and calcium help support the metabolism and regulate blood sugar levels;
  • vitamin B6 helps promote a healthy digestive tract;
  • zinc boosts digestive enzyme production;
  • probiotics can help relieve bloating and regulate bowel movements;
  • insoluble fibre adds bulk to the GI tract and helps waste pass through the body.

The above factors also play a role in helping with muscle contraction (peristalsis), required for haemoglobin to carry O2 to cells and breaking down food right to the last stage!

Eating foods such as oats, lentils, brown rice, fresh fruit and vegetables, live natural yoghurt, oily fish, nuts and seeds - can all help maintain a healthy digestive system.