Tuning Up Your Digestive System
(How We Digest Our Food)
Your car won’t go very far if you don’t keep it supplied with fuel. The same is true of your body.
However your metabolic “engine” is much more complex than even the most sophisticated imported roadsters. That’s because your body acts as its own refinery, producing energy from the raw materials you eat or the supplements you swallow there acting as signaling molecules in your body.
Your body digests food and supplements by breaking them into extreme smaller particles.
However, digestion is only part of the story. Before these small particles can reach the destination point (the 70 trillion cells), they must pass from the intestines into the bloodstream.
That process is called absorption.
Damage to the delicate cells that line the digestive tract can prevent proper absorption. In some cases a defective intestine allows passage of particles there is too big.
Like bulls in the biological china shop, these “macro-molecules” can wreak all kinds of havoc in your body.
Also, to digest foods properly, your body needs the right mix of enzymes, fluids, and Good bacteria. If the balance among these is out of whack – for example, if too many of the wrong kinds of bacteria are present – all kinds of problems can develop, from inflammation of the bowels to the worse case scenario called cancer.
Tuning up your digestion is among the most important steps you can take to improve your overall health.
The brain is actively involved in this whole process. The brain signals the digestive organs as soon as it gets a whiff of something or senses the presence of a molecule in the digestive tract to get ready for the incoming power source.
Digestive juices begin to crank up -- Enzymes appear in the mouth then the chewing followed swallowing, simultaneously there is a buildup of stomach enzymes– especially the enzyme called amylase that whittles molecules of starch into smaller sugar molecules. Fat enzymes (lipases) also go to work then another batch of signals to the digestive organs.
I. Don’t take huge bites of food.
II. Don’t eat too fast.
III. Don’t talk while eating (aerophagia occurs).
IV. Don’t look at the dessert menu while you’re still finishing your salad. Eat slowly and chew more often and thoroughly – and don’t talk while chewing and eating.
The stomach is muscular and likes to do the churning and turning while mixing the molecules with digestive juices – hydrochloric acid and pepsin and mucin and gastric lipases and intrinsic factor.
All of this is activated by a hormone called “gastrin” that switches on the glands in the stomach lining.
The real workhorse of stomach digestion is pepsin, an enzyme that breaks down proteins. While the stomach is breaking things down with hydrochloric acid and pepsin, the glands are secreting a sticky substance called mucin to protect the lining and prevent a hole from being eaten through the stomach. Otherwise a peptic ulcer occurs.
This stomach activity can last from 45 minutes to 4 hours before emptying, depending on the types of foods you have eaten. Liquids and carbohydrates will move right along. It’s the fat and fiber that will linger longer.
Thus the stomach phase of digestion is the “warm-up” act. Most things are not absorbed out of the stomach. Most digestion and absorption occurs in the small intestine.
Low Acidity causes a lot of problems. Without the acid, the enzymes can do their good work. Even bacteria (H. pylori) can grow when acid is too low. Problems associated with hypoacidity = Asthma + Celiac + Autoimmune + Dermatitis + Diabetes + Eczema + Food Allergies + Gallbladder Problems + Hepatitis + Lupus + Osteoporosis + Anemia + Psoriasis + Rosacea + Urticaria (Hives) + Vitiligo.
Low Acidity symptoms include:
Bloating / Belching
Fullness after Eating
Nausea after taking Supplements
Weak Fingernails + Dilated Blood Vessels in the Nose
Undigested Food in Stool
Chronic Candida Infections.
The major offenders include the following:
I. Lying down too soon after eating
III. cigarette smoking
IV. chocolate + fried foods
V. soda pops
VIII. emotional trauma (stress).
An occasional bout should not cause concern. However, if the problem is frequent, trouble is coming.
Did you know that 50% of the people over the age of 50 have hiatal hernias, but only 5% with hiatal hernias ever experience reflux esophagitis from it.
This is not the time for antacids (they contain aluminum), nor is it the time for sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) because the Alka-Seltzer-like medications will cause acid-rebound and many other pH problems. This leads to kidney stones + headaches + mental confusion.
And the use of drugs such as Tagamet, Zantac, Pepcid, and Axid are not the answer either. These drugs work by blocking the action of “histamine” (they are anti-histamine drugs).
They lead to nutrient deficiencies that lead to:
I. bacterial overgrowth
II. liver damage
IV. breast enlargement in men
V. hair loss
IX. impotence in men.
The Small Intestine
Let’s return to our tour of the digestive system.
The stomach has churned things up and lets things go into a 7meters narrow, muscular tube called the small intestine. The first 12 inches is the duodenum where most of the “minerals” are absorbed.
The next 2 1/2meter is called the jejunum and is responsible for absorbing water-soluble vitamins, carbohydrates and protein.
Then comes the longest section called the ileum 4 meter and it handles the fat-soluble vitamins, cholesterol, bile salts and fat.
The lining of this small intestine is lined with thousands of tiny fingerlike projection called villi (villus is plural). The velvety surfaces absorb the nutrients as they flow by. If you laid the entire absorptive area of the small intestine out flat, it would be the size of a tennis court.
After childhood, much of the world’s population loses the ability to produce lactase, the enzyme designed to digest sugar (lactose) found in dairy. Hence milk gives them trouble.
For others it’s a sensitivity to a protein called gluten and this leads to celiac problem. Gluten makes the tiny villi to flatten out and become smooth. Then the intestine loses a lot of its ability to absorb nutrients.
The third gut problem is overgrowth of bacteria (or yeast) in small intestine. These rascals feast off of the food and cause fermentation to manifest. This produces gas, bloating, and abdominal distention. It even messes with protein to become vasoactive amines and this leads to gut permeability (leaky gut).
Some of the remedy’s
It takes the amino acids glutamine, arginine and Qur4’s SOS Gut health to reverse intestinal permeability and prevent further damage to the mucous membrane.
Hence: Collagen Protein.
And since the green things such as barley green and chlorophyll gain the healing benefits, using Qur4’s Aqua K2 Collagen is the way to go – you get the best of both powers.
The Pancreas, Liver, and Gallbladder
Moving right along, no pun intended, for the intestinal digestion to proceed smoothly, your body needs to continue producing the right mix of fluids at the right time. Each step triggers the release of the next step in the secretions from the other key digestive organs – pancreas + liver + gallbladder.
The pancreas produces about a quart and a half of pancreatic juice each day. This juice flows through a duct leading directly to the duodenum. This juice is packed with digestive enzymes: Proteases to take care of proteins + Lipases to handle the fats and triglycerides + Amylases to be in charge of starches and sugars.
The pancreas is responsible for producing insulin and glucagon – two hormones involved with sugar metabolism.
There are hundreds of proteins that need to be handled, and these enzymes are critically necessary.
If anything gets blocked or if the enzymes drop off, trouble is coming
I. allergy complications
II. toxic buildup
III. unwanted critters,
IV. including bacteria, yeast, and parasites.
You have zillions of bacteria in your large intestine, but your small intestine is supposed to stay virtually bug-free).
I. If the enzymes become under the minimum level, the symptoms show up: Abdominal cramps
II. Indigestion / belching
III. Fatigue after eating
IV. Constipation & Diarrhea
V. Dry, flaky skin
VI. Pain in left side under rib cage
VIII. Food allergies.
You need bile flow.
Bile is essential for the absorption of fats and fatty acids, oil, and fat-soluble vitamins.
Bile assists the action of enzymes.
Bile works by breaking up large clumps of fats into smaller droplets and mixing them with water. This is called emulsification.
Bile helps keep the intestine free of microorganisms.
Bile makes the feces (stool) soft.
Constipation or hard, dry stools means insufficient bile.
Pain in the upper right side under the rib is usually related to bile flow insufficiency.
What you take in is not as important as what you actually absorb.
The Large Intestine
Snaking right on through, we’re down to the colon (the large intestine).
The large intestine is only about ¼ the length of the small intestine (5 feet), but is considerably bigger (diameter of 2 ½ inches compared to 1 ½ inches).
The colon is the home to countless microbes – most being beneficial not harmful.
But if there is an overgrowth of the unfriendly bacteria, trouble is coming.
We call this dysbiosis. Thus tuning up the digestive system requires restoring the proper balance of “good bugs.”
Colon dysfunction includes the following problems:
I. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
III. Colon Polyps
IV. Ulcerative Colitis
What we don’t need is a laxative that has senna or cascara in it.
Constipation means check yourself for hypothyroidism + drink more dihydrogen monoxide + improve the fiber intake (humble pear is the best of foods) + don’t resist the urge to go to the bathroom + exercise at least 3 times a week.
IBS is when the large intestine fails to function properly – spastic colon / intestinal neurosis.
The liver produces glucose from nutrients other than carbohydrates.
The liver converts glucose to glycogen (stored energy in the cell).
The liver makes important cell structure components as well as carrier proteins.
To keep your body’s supply of protein at the right level, the liver converts amino acids into what the body needs at the moment (including immune factors and blood clotting proteins and the crucial components of hemoglobin). Iron and vitamins A, D, B12 are stored in the liver. Old red blood cells are broken down by the liver.
The liver is the master detoxification organ.
The liver takes the poisonous substances out step by step.
How important is detoxification? Extremely. Detoxification uses up over 80% of the amount of energy that your body devotes to making new molecules.
It’s easier to synthesize and make something new than it is to get rid of something old.
When the liver is overloaded, the energy levels will be very low.
we introduce you to The liver Cleanse
Then qur4’s Enzyme Complex (Specialty Enzymes) – all the needed enzymes to breakdown:
IV. dairy products
VI. cruciferous vegetables
VII. cereal grains.
Enhances nutrient absorption. Improves all the digestive processes.
Saccharomyces boulardii increases the immune response. Helps the good bacteria to win. Reduces inflammation in colon.
Fennel is the intestinal tract healer. Stops hiccups.
Psyllium (Husk)is the soluble fiber (no cascara and senna)
Butternut root improves the bowel movements.