What is Digestion?
Digestion refers to the breakdown of food into smaller components that can be absorbed into the bloodstream. This digestion or catabolism is divided into two types – the mechanical digestion of food that occurs in the mouth when it is physically broken up into smaller pieces and the chemical digestion that occurs in the gastrointestinal tract when the food is broken down into small molecules by digestive enzymes.
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In mammals, digestion involves the intake of food through the mouth where it is chewed between the teeth in a process called mastication. The saliva present in the mouth contains amylase which begins the break down of starch in the food.
The food then travels down the food pipe or the esophagus to reach the stomach where gastric juices start to breakdown the protein in the food. The gastric juice mainly comprises pepsin and hydrochloric acid. As these substances can be damaging to the stomach, mucus is also secreted to line the stomach and protect it. The acids in the stomach work by denaturing the proteins present in food. While this chemical digestion is happening, further mechanical digestion is occurring through persitalsis, as the muscles in the stomach wall contract to mix up the food and digestive enzymes.
What does the digestive system do?
Your digestive system is uniquely constructed to do its job of turning your food into the nutrients and energy you need to survive. And when it’s done with that, it handily packages your solid waste, or stool, for disposal when you have a bowel movement.
Why is digestion important?
Digestion is important because your body needs nutrients from the food you eat and the liquids you drink in order to stay healthy and function properly. Nutrients include carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and water. Your digestive system breaks down and absorbs nutrients from the food and liquids you consume to use for important things like energy, growth and repairing cells.
What organs make up the digestive system?
The main organs that make up the digestive system (in order of their function) are the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, and anus. Helping them along the way are the pancreas, gall bladder, and liver.
Symptoms of Digestion
The first sign of problems in the digestive tract often includes one or more of the following symptoms:
• Nausea and vomiting
• Pain in the belly
• Swallowing problems
• Weight gain or loss
A digestive disease is any health problem that occurs in the digestive tract. Conditions may range from mild to serious. Some common problems include heartburn, cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, and lactose intolerance.
Other digestive diseases include:
• Gallstones, cholecystitis, and cholangitis
• Rectal problems, such as anal fissure, hemorrhoids, proctitis, and rectal prolapse
• Esophagus problems, such as stricture (narrowing) and achalasia and esophagitis
• Stomach problems, including gastritis, gastric ulcers usually caused by Helicobacter pylori infection and cancer
• Liver problems, such as hepatitis B or hepatitis C, cirrhosis, liver failure, and autoimmune and alcoholic hepatitis
• Pancreatitis and pancreatic pseudocyst
• Intestinal problems, such as polyps and cancer, infections, celiac disease, Crohn disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, malabsorption, short bowel syndrome, and intestinal ischemia
• Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcer disease, and hiatal hernia.
Why is digestion important?
The digestive system is made up of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. It is responsible for breaking down foods and liquids into their basic chemical components like fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. The body then absorbs them as nutrients, which can be used as energy to build and repair cells and help you function.
The role of the digestive system begins when food enters the body and passes through the esophagus and the stomach where digestion starts. The small intestine then breaks down the food to absorb nutrients and sends it into the bloodstream. The remaining food turns into liquid and moves into your large intestine. The wall of the large intestine soaks up the water while the remaining undigested food is excreted.
The digestive system plays a major role in your overall health as it brings nutrients to your body. Without good digestive health, you will experience a host of uncomfortable symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, indigestion, and more. Additionally, you may also get a lack of proper nutrition from the food you eat, which can negatively impact your health and well-being. This is why digestive health is so important.
Herbal and Digestion
Our K.V. Ishan provides you with a digestion kit that you can use the kit through the prescription of the doctor or use by the physician. It contains Milk Thistle, Livgest plus, Constipation Churan, Digestive Syrup, Antacid, etc. Being natural has side effects.
Milk Thistle Capsule: Take one capsule in the morning & one capsule in the evening on an empty stomach or half an hour before a meal. Use it twice a day for 3-6 months regularly for better results.
Livgest Plus: Take Two Capsules twice/thrice a day or as directed by your Physician. For better results take it for 3-4 months.
Constipation Churan: 5 to 10 gm at night before sleep. For good results use it for 6 to 12 months regularly.
Digestive Plus Syrup: One tablespoon twice a day after a meal or as directed by your physician.
Antacid: One tablespoon twice a day after a meal or as directed by your physician.
Aloe Vera Juice: 20-25 ml. twice or thrice a day with the same quantity of water or as directed by your Physician.
Milk Thistle Capsule: Milk Thistle Protects Your Liver, Can Help in detoxification of the body, Improved Gallbladder function, It helps with intestinal or indigestion issues.
Livgest Plus: Liver Protector, Helps in Digestion & increases appetite, Acidity Regulator, Relief Constipation
Constipation Churan: Regularises Bowel Movements, Relieves Constipation, Natural Bowel Cleanser, and Support Healthy Digestion and Absorption.
Digestive Plus Syrup: Improves endurance, Improves muscle weight, Improves health & stamina, Gain body weight naturally, Regulates body metabolism, Contains pure herbal extract.
Antacid: To relief symptoms of belching, bloating, discomfort in the stomach, Acid in Digestion, Heart Burn, Stomach upset.
Aloe Vera Juice: KV Ishan Aloe vera juice comes loaded with a bevy of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Every day drinking KV Ishan Aloe vera High Fiber juice is the ultimate healthy habit, with health benefits ranging from weight loss, digestion, boosting your immune function, anti-inflammation, and even ‘easing general discomfort’. Aloe vera juice is excellent for hair and skin. This herbal juice is also known to protect the liver and helps to maintain healthy metabolism levels. It helps in preventing constipation, obesity, and back pain.
• Helps build to healthy digestive system
• Helps to reduce fat and tones of our body
• Improve your immune system
• Protects your liver
• Helps in constipation
• Great for the skin