The digestive system is much larger than most people realize. Did you know that the digestive system starts at the mouth and ends… well, you probably know exactly where the end is.
Between that first bite of food until it comes out the other end, many different things happen to your food and drink. Nutrients from food and beverages get into your body through this system, which is why it should be well taken care of.
Keep reading below for some fun facts about the digestive system.
1. Head to gut relationship – Many people do not know that the digestive system is directly connected to mental health and brain function. If you have something wrong with your intestines, the intestines send a signal to the brain. If your brain is anxious or distressed, you may feel some stomach or intestinal problems happening. The brain and gastrointestinal system connect intimately. Keep one in good shape and the other may follow. Emotions can interfere with food digestion, too. You may have realized how hard it is to eat when anxious.
2. Watch out for ulcers – If you take certain medications, you may be at risk for some ulcers. If you take frequent or high doses of Ibuprofen and other NSAIDS, you may get ulcers. This is because these types of drugs damage the protective barrier between the stomach lining and the stomach acid. If you must take them, only take the minimum amount and try not to take it frequently. Ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk of ulcers when taking these medications.
3. Enzymes – Enzymes exist in the gastrointestinal system. They sort out food into different essential nutrients that you need. Without the proper enzymes, you may not be getting enough nutrients. You may have a deficiency in enzymes if you experience brain problems, muscle problems, eating or swallowing issues, slurred speech, or enlarged spleen or liver. Ask your doctor if you need more information.
4. Eat less more often – If you have digestive issues, it may help for you to eat less food but more frequently through the day. The more you eat at once, the more overwhelmed your system may get. When it can’t keep up, you get gas, indigestion, heartburn, and more.
As you read through these tips, realize that no two people are the same. Hopefully these facts and tips will help you understand your GI system much better. Here’s to less tummy upset, less gas, and more enjoyment of healthy foods!