“I’m Sorry We had to cut some part of your Colon” is the scariest sentence I think anyone might hear from a Doctor in their 50s and 60s.
Hello Again to Healthy Vio My Dearest Healthy Readers and I hope you all are doing great and staying healthy all the time. This Week I’m so excited to share with you a Frequently Asked Question from almost every person in my Emails and now I thought of writing this about How to Manage Digestive System as You Get Older.
We all had digestive issues at some point in our life. Maybe because we ate something which was not suitable for our Digestive System or maybe it had something poisonous which led to food infection.
I feel like I’m the Favourite Target of All DIgestive Problems and that’s why I had so many diseases in my past but as soon as I entered the Pharmacy field, I started studying the digestive system in depth and started figuring out Digestive Issues.
I’m sure that DIgestive Health would be your priority and that’s why you stop yourself sometimes from eating some junk foods. If you’re an Old Reader then you would know that I’m the biggest enemy of Junk Foods because How they cause Digestive Issues. If you want to read articles that I wrote Earlier, You can just visit my website Healthy Vio and I have all the sections on my Home Page and I will also give the link to them at the end.
Before We move ahead, I want to let you know about how the Digestive System Works.
I know that most of you already know about its working but still If you have no idea about how the digestive system works then I will tell the long story in brief so you can understand your digestive system here.
Believe me, I write very simplified content about Health and Health-Related Terms.
How the Digestive System Works
First of all, let me clarify that if you hear somewhere Gastrointestinal System then it’s a synonym of Digestive System. We use it as a GI system and we call the whole digestive system’s path a GI Tract.
The digestive system is the part of our body that includes the stomach and intestines. It sits between the thoracic cavity (the chest) and abdominal cavity (the belly).This process consists of several parts that move this food through our digestive tract, which incorporates all sorts of organs, structures, and glands.
When we eat, the first thing we do is swallow air. This air is removed by the esophagus, which leads to the stomach. At this point, food and liquids are physically prepared to dissolve and mix in with the digestive juices secreted from some of our intestine’s glands. Then, these juices round up some digestive fibers and begin to break down the food for absorption or further digestion by other organs. After the food is broken down, the intestine and other organs absorb the nutrients. By the time everything is done going through our digestive tract, what’s left is waste. This waste is then excreted out of our bodies.
This was the short story of our Digestive System and How the Digestive System Works.
But If you want to know in detail about the digestive system organs then I’m giving their quick introduction here so even if you’re not a medical student, you can understand the digestive system very well. But I have mentioned some of the medical terms here so if you feel like not understanding them then don’t worry. You can skip this organ part and scroll down to the main topic.
Stomach in Our Digestive System
The stomach serves as a storage unit where food and liquid lie before gaining entrance into the intestines (which are further down in our digestive system). At this point, we have already swallowed air, which just happens to be the reason why we belch or burp after a nice meal or glass of soda.
In the stomach, food first encounters acid, which is released by a gland in the wall after the air has been swallowed. The acid breaks down proteins and carbohydrates into smaller molecules. It also initiates pepsin secretion from the pancreas; this is another digestive enzyme that continues to help in breaking down the food further for absorption of nutrients. The pepsin helps digest proteins, fats, and starches by splitting them up into water-soluble components while other acids help with digesting the rest of carbohydrate or protein. The stomach is a very important organ in our digestive system.
Intestines of Our Digestive System
The human intestine is made up of the small and large intestines. The small intestine absorbs nutrients from food, water, and vitamins while the large intestine processes waste. The human body has two types of cells that make up you:
Epithelial cells line your skin and are found in some tissues like the colon.
Mesenchymal cells form all other connective tissues which include bone, cartilage, muscle tissue, fat tissue, and blood vessels.
The human digestive tract is a long tube of more than 22 feet in length (approximately 7 meters) located within the abdominal cavity. This Intestine has only one job in our digestive system and that is to absorb every essential nutrition from the food and let the waste food pass to the large intestine.
The large intestine is very essential for our digestive system because it absorbs water from the food driven by the small intestine and pushes the feces to the anal cavity from where we throw away the waste.
Some of you had asked about What if I had an operation and the Doctor cut some portion of my small intestine? Will my digestive system work properly?
I know some of you have this kinda question so I’m explaining it here.
See what I mentioned about the small intestine earlier? That they absorb the nutritions right. And they are very long, about 7 meters and that’s how long it takes to absorb properly. But because of any issues, you have to have a small portion of the intestine removed so don’t worry this won’t decrease your lifespan. Usually, our intestine is good enough to heal from minor cuts but because of any severe issues, if the doctor had cut your intestine then the Doctor will remove only that infected part and will seal the intestine again. But yes it will affect your digestion. Now you don’t have enough length to absorb all the nutritions but yes you can survive and ask a doctor for Food and Diet Plans.
Liver: The Largest Organ
There are other organs as well but one of the very important ones after the intestine is the Liver. Believe me, if I take your liver then you would die not because of the absence of it but because of your body toxins which were to be removed by the liver.
The liver is the largest gland in the body and one of the hardest working. It’s involved in nearly all aspects of your health. In most cases, it can regenerate itself if injured or damaged. The liver filters your blood, manufactures important proteins, stores nutrients such as iron and sugar, breaks down alcohol and drugs to keep you safe and healthy – all with a single cell layer deep inside!
When it’s working right, liver cells produce bile that helps break down fats into smaller molecules for easy digestion. The liver also helps keep the glucose (or sugar) level in your blood steady. It stores glucose for use when there’s not enough food around and creates glycogen, a substance that can be converted back into glucose. If you’re diabetic, the liver may not be able to keep up with the need, and other parts of the body may become impaired.
The liver can create red blood cells from stem cells. The stem cells in an adult liver make twice as many red blood cells as any other part of the body. The liver also manufactures important proteins. The protein globulin is an important part of blood clotting.
One of the liver’s most important jobs is to rid the body of toxins (poisonous or irritating substances). It has several filters to screen out some toxins, including food contaminants, organic compounds, and toxic chemicals from your drugs and alcohol. The liver also filters the blood by removing excess oxygen and carbon dioxide from it, which gives you more energy and helps with blood pressure.
Now I think it’s enough of what I wanted to tell about the organs of our Digestive System. Now moving to the next and main part which is Super Tricks to manage the Digestive System as you get older.
Anyone can try them and these tricks are proven and I’m going to include Ayurvedic Techniques so that you can get the maximum benefit to keep your digestive system healthy.
Super Tricks to Manage the DIgestive System
1. Fasting: If you’re one of those who can’t stay without food for a day then dear friend, it’s time to reconsider that thing. In India, we do fasting on every 11th day, which is called Ekadashi. It’s a spiritual belief that fasting is good for a better spiritual life but so many scientists have proved that Fasting is very essential for human beings for a healthier digestive system. I know it’s really hard to say No to food for a day but let me tell you that our digestive system works every time and barely has time to rest and regenerate if any damage had happened. If you can’t do fasting for a full day then you can do it for half a day and give a little rest to your digestive system. Water is allowed to drink while fasting and fasting will also improve your Immunity. If you believe that it is fake then you can google it. Some scientists proved that fasting makes immunity stronger even against cancer. You can fast after every 10 Days interval.
2. Yoga: Yoga and Fasting are the best free but the most valuable gifts you can give to your digestive system. There are several yogasana that can help you to improve and keep the good health of your digestive system. If you want to read and try these yogas then I’m mentioning some of them here. You can check youtube to know how to perform them.
- Surya Namaskar
3. Lemon Water: I have mentioned lemon water so many times in my previous articles in the Health and Fitness Section. Make sure you check that out. I’m making the best use of Lemon Water which must be sugar-free. That means you only need to squeeze a full lemon into one warm glass of water and drink an empty stomach every day. This will detoxify your blood and digestive system.
4. Drink this every alternative day: Add 3 pinch of Carom Seeds ( Ajwain in India ) in one glass of water and boil water until half of it is vaporized. Filter the water and drink it regularly. If you can’t do yoga or can’t do fasting (although I urge you to do that) then you can have this Ajwain Drink which will help to keep your digestive system healthy.
5. Avoiding Junk Food is the most underrated trick to have the best digestive system
6. Eat Fennel Seeds after every meal. There are 2 advantages. 1st is your mouth won’t smell what you had (maybe if you had a meal with onions) and secondly, it will help indigestion.
7. Curd or Buttermilk can also work to improve the Digestive System. You can have them after a meal.
So these were very simple but super tricks which are mentioned in Ayurveda for better digestive health. Apart from that, you can replace your coke with sugarcane juice as it is liver tonic.