A healthy diet with plenty of nutrients can promote a healthy digestive system - which is essential if you want to make the most of the food that you're putting into your body. The digestive system is quite complex, and consists of two parts; the upper digestive system and the lower digestive system. The digestive system consists of collection of digestive organs, all linked to the alimentary, or digestive, tube - which if removed from your body and stretched out would be around 30 feet long! The absence of a healthy diet can lead to many digestion problems, so it pays to look after yourself.
Food that we take in as part of a (hopefully) healthy diet is broken down by the digestive system, enabling our body to absorb the essential nutrients from the smaller, more simple molecules that have been created by this process. These nutrients give us the energy that we need and help with the growth and repair of all of the different tissues found in the human body. The digestive system breaks down carbohydrates into simple sugars, fats into fatty acids, and complex proteins into various non-essential and essential amino acids.
Our digestive system kicks into gear when it anticipates the delivery of food, and hunger pangs are a signal to our brains that the digestive system needs feeding!
In order to maintain a happy digestive system, we need to look after it by providing it with a healthy diet, with all of the essential nutrients that it brings. Here are some of the most common problems with the upper digestive system.
Amongst their many varied roles, the large and small intestines provide the final stage of the digestive process by taking the essential nutrients from the broken down food, allowing the body to absorb them, while any leftover waste is removed and excreted. Combined, the small and large intestines have a surface area that would cover an entire football field!
If we don't eat a healthy diet and look after our bodies, we can end up suffering from problems with the digestive system, which can be very uncomfortable and unpleasant to experience. Here are some of the most common problems with the lower digestive system.