Resolving Problems of Digestion

The organs of digestion are the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), rectum, and anus. They help to break down food and to absorb it. When you eat food or drink liquids, they are not in a form that the body can use for nourishment.

Digestion is the process which breaks down food and drink into their smallest parts so that they can be used by the body for nourishment and energy. Digestive juices assist in the breakdown of food and help it move through the digestive tract.

Sometimes, there are factors which adversely affect the process of digestion, resulting in heartburn, indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, and overall discomfort. Stress is a major factor in digestive upset as it can cause stomach muscles to function improperly. Other factors are lack of exercise, lack of a well-balanced diet, or illness.

Many herbal remedies have been proven to assist in digestion by promoting gentle food breakdown, by helping to protect the digestive tract, and by reducing stomach acids and temporarily relieving problems associated with discomfort of the digestive tract.

Several of these herbs are Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria), German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita), and Slippery Elm (Ulmus fulva), Ginger (Zingiber officinalis), fennel, peppermint, and Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris). Other homeopathic ingredients that aid in digestion are Calc phos - a biochemic tissue salt, Nat phos - known as a biochemic antacid.

Other tips for supporting healthy digestion are:

- taking small bites and thoroughly chewing each bite
- increasing fibre
- drinking adequate water to prevent constipation

- increasing good bacteria - probiotic bacteria aids in digestion and intestinal health

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