How Digestion effects our Health and Well Being (continued)
In my last post I wrote about how important digestion is for our Well Being. An abundance of enzymes and other digestive juice in the right balance can contribute our health.
Chewing each mouthful 50 times, eating proteins and carbohydrates separately and the importance of fibre, were some of the aspects the post addressed.
This article explores more of the very intricate digestion and hopefully inspires you to look after this wonderful part of your body and experience vibrant health.
For a visual tour through the digestive system watch the Video below.
Drinking with our Food/Meals
There seem to be a few opinions about drinking with food.
Here is a brief description of how the process seems to work:
When we chew our food we produce saliva which is 98% water and 2% enzymes.
Saliva kill some of the bacteria in the food we eat. The enzymes start the digestive process. If we drink with food this process gets compromised
Water/liquids dilutes acids which means the stomach produces more acid to digest the food. More acid leads to a burning sensation (heartburn) and enzymes which slows down digestion.
When the food can’t be broken down properly fermentation – gases develop. This leads to pressure in the stomach. This pressure pushes on the diaphragm which makes breathing more difficult. It also can cause the lungs to contract by 20 -30 % because of the pressure on the lower part of the lungs
The extra weight of the water slows the movement of the stomach down as well, which effects the digestion.
If you wish you can follow this suggestion: Drink 20min before and 2hours after eating.
Dr. Stanley Bass recommends Sequential eating because the food forms layers in the stomach and gets digested layer by layer. “There was a famous case, written about by Beaumont, during the American Civil War, where a soldier received a gunshot wound which caused a large visible opening to appear in his stomach. His digestion was studied for a period of time by several doctors present, and they observed that his food digested in different layers.”
The food requiring the shortest time eaten first and so on (in the same meal). Dr. Bass had a patient who’s digestive problems cleared in 3 days even though he was eating any food even low quality; he just ate them in sequence.
Here is a short list of digestion times:
15 – 20 Juices
20 – 40 Fruit
30 – 40 Vegetables raw
40 – 50 Vegetables cooked
90 -120 Legumes
2- 3 hours Seeds and Nuts
90 min – 5 hours Dairy (hard cheese takes the longest)
45 min Egg
30 – 60 min Fish
90min – 2 hours Chicken no Skin
3 – 4 hours Beef/Lamb
4 1/2 – 5 hours Pork
You can find the full list of the sequence for food here: http://drbass.com/sequential.html
Do not eat more food than you can hold in 2 hands.
The Importance of Good bacteria
We need a balance of good bacteria in our large intestines for healthy digetion. There are about 300 different types of bacteria (billions of them) which break down the food. The role of the appendix is to repopulate the gut with good bacteria. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071008102334.htm
Antibiotics kill all bacteria in the intestine. Therefore it is important to take good probiotics (acidophilus/bifidophilus) to restore the balance. Yoghurt contains these in small amounts which will not be enough to restore the intestinal flora(bacteria) after antibiotics. I take a probiotic supplement developed by scientists who have studied the cell for decades.
Another factor which affects the balance of these crucial bacteria is sugar. Sugar causes the bacteria in the gut to feed on it which upsets the natural balance.
This video is showing how the digestion works.
It has been filmed with an internal camera and is very ‘graphic’. Do not watch while eating.
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