Importance of Healthy Digestion

To understand why digestion is so important, you must first understand the digestive process that occurs in your body. When you digest food, it is broken down into nutrients, which feed your body and keep it working well. Your body is made up of billions of cells. Like tiny building blocks, they work together to form every part of you. Cells make up your skin, bones, muscles, and organs. Your body uses nutrients to fix damaged cells and make new ones. Nutrients give cells what they need to work, grow, and divide.

Digestion begins in the mouth, where food and liquids are taken in, and is completed in the small intestine. The digestive system supports the human body. It is composed of a series of organs that break down and absorb the food you eat so that the nutrients can be transported into the blood stream and delivered to cells throughout the body.

Most people ignore our digestive system unless there’s a problem. They rarely consider the role it plays in our overall health. To think, move, work, and learn, you need your digestive system to process your food and help utilize the nutrients. Your skin, hair, and even sleep can be affected by whether or not everything is working correctly.

How common are digestive troubles?

During any particular day, almost everyone has gastrointestinal symptoms of some kind. Nearly half (46 percent) of Americans say digestive problems affect their day-to-day lives.

Your Intestinal Health Matters

People with poor digestive health might struggle with their weight, experience irregularity, nausea, bloating, constipation, stomach pain, diarrhea, heartburn, or gas on a routine basis. Poor digestive health also can prevent people from sleeping, working, exercising, or socializing with friends.

We know our digestive system is working properly when it can process important nutrients through the GI organs. The gastrointestinal organs include the stomach, intestine, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. What does a normal GIS system look and feel like? If you have good digestive health, you should be close to a normal weight and go days without experiencing symptoms like heartburn, gas, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, or stomach pain.

When you have diarrhea and feel like you can’t get too far away from a bathroom, or when you’re dealing with constipation and feel uncomfortable no matter what you do, then your whole life suddenly revolves around your digestion.

Overall Health Impact

If you have poor digestive health, you might experience it in ways you never imagined. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 35 percent of cancer deaths result from dietary risk factors.

Poor diet and digestive health may be related to:

  • Bad breath

  • Heart disease and high blood pressure

  • Reflux esophagitis (GERD)

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Arthritis

  • Osteoporosis

  • Ulcerative colitis

  • Psoriasis and eczema

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Asthma

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