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How to Dramatically Boost Functions of the Digestive System

Mike Barrett
June 14th, 2012
Updated 11/02/2012 at 8:29 pm
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While there are numerous possibilities for health problems to arise, the issue of poor digestion is often overlooked. If your digestive system is not functioning properly, and there is a great chance that this is the case, then your body will have a tough time absorbing vitamins and nutrients. Along with these nutrient deficiencies may also come health issues like fatigue, skin disorders, emotional instability, and a whole host of other problems. In order to avoid these health issues, you need to know how to help improve the functions of the digestive system.

Helping Functions of the Digestive System

There are entire texts which focus on the topic of digestion and how your body breaks down and utilizes nutrients. Considered by some experts to be the ’2nd brain’, the human digestive system goes through extremely complex processes and even has the ability to produce neurotransmitters. In addition, this system possesses an advanced communication network similar to that of a human brain. While the research concerning digestion is still in the early stages, we know that keeping functions of the digestive system strong is crucial for optimal health. So how do we help the digestive system to be strong?

Chew Your Food and Eat Slowly

An extremely basic eating principle, chewing your food and eating slowly is essential to maintain digestive health. While digestion may seem like it starts once you swallow, the entire process actually starts in your mouth when enzymes from the salivary glands help to chemically break down food molecules into a absorbable size for your body. It is recommended to chew each bite of food at least 20 times, and don’t rush the process.

Consume Foods that Promote Easy Digestion

Foods like dried fruit, beans, apples, vegetables, and flaxseeds are great for improving digestion. One particular food that has amazing digestive-promoting properties is papaya, or papaya leaf extract. This food can help with the digestive system by breaking down proteins and supporting production of digestive enzymes. Although Papaya Leaf Extract is often viewed as an excellent treatment for digestive disorders as well as disturbances of the gastrointestinal tract, it provides many more health benefits. Oregano oil benefits also encompass the supporting of the digestive system.

Drink Warm Water with Lemon

The hydrating power of pure water is largely beneficial on its own, but when matched with a few slices of nutrient-packed lemon, warm lemon water can empower your health through boosting your energy, helping to improve functions of the digestive system, and even be a powerful ally in your quest for natural fat loss. It’s atomic composition is similar to that of saliva’s and the hydrochloric acid of digestive juices.

Take care of Inflammatory Issues

Inflammation is one of the most common causes of poor digestion and overall gut health. Sugar is the main culprit behind the causes of inflammation, so sugar consumption should be reduced drastically. The only way to reduce sugar consumption is to count the grams of you sugar consume daily, and ultimately limit the number to ~25g. In addition vitamin D, magnesium, quality fish oil, and turmeric can help with inflammation. Taking care of digestive issues is also one of many ways to improve mental health and clarity.

Drink More Water

The digestive system needs to be well hydrated like the rest of the body, but downing glasses of water near mealtime will impair digestive strength and may cause upsets. Water is best sipped lightly during a meal. Otherwise you should get your water in at least 15-30 minutes before a meal and preferably at least an hour after. This is also a basic technique to improving functions of the digestive system.

Avoid Splenda

Ghrelin is your stomach’s appetite signal. While it has many roles, it also releases a growth hormone that repairs the body. Ghelin levels increase in response to digestive distress. With the increase in ghelin levels comes the increase in appetite, causing you to eat more food. Splenda’s link to a digestive imbalance means that this process will occur, ending in weight gain. Elevated ghelin levels increase your cravings for sugar and carbohydrates, causing you to eat an excess amount of food that goes through an already-distressed digestive system. If you have these cravings, then it’s time to fix your digestive system.

About Mike Barrett:
2.thumbnail How to Dramatically Boost Functions of the Digestive System Google Plus Profile |Mike is the co-founder, editor, and researcher behind Natural Society. Studying the work of top natural health activists, and writing special reports for top 10 alternative health websites, Mike has written hundreds of articles and pages on how to obtain optimum wellness through natural health.

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  • flexx

    Take plant based digestive enzymes! works!


    My only question is this: Is there ANY papaya that is not GMO….I gave up eating and buying papaya long ago ….and look longingly at it in the stores….but have resisted to now. Please respond…. Thank you!

  • Suzanne

    Love to try Intestinal Hygeine Method.

  • StopDemockery

    You may also request the free "Intestinal Hygeine Method," an all natural, super cheap way to clean out your guts to make them work like new, lose your body fat fast while eating whatever you like and improve the function of every organ.

    • nik staines

      wanna try it please :)

    • Jeannon Kralj

      Please tell us how to access “Intestinal Hygeine Method". I have searched the web and nothing turns up.

      Interesting article but it is not comprehensive enough nor does it sound simply and affordable. My gut is messed up and I am getting no help from M.D.s. I have what is called "leaky gut syndrome" and it seems that every day, I have a new reaction to some food that I have been eating without problems all my life.

      • Vivek

        If I may, one of the very BEST ways, cheap, natural, effortless and very very effective…

      • sophie

        I have used "primal defense' for years for my leaky gut. Eating fruits and veggies can be torture for those of us with this problem, but good probiotics and a good enzyme supplement can actually normalize gut function. As stated in the article avoiding sugar, especially refined sugars is very important and your gut will thank you for it!

        • Jeannon Kralj

          Thanks for tips. I just ordered a bottle of Primal Defense Ultra 90 veggie caps. When I work up to 3 caps per day, the product will cost me about 33 dollars per month. If the results prove clearly worth it, I will gladly pay that price though it is tough on my budget. Cutting the sugar is important and I am definitely working of that.

  • StopDemockery

    Our drinking water is being poisoned. Drink only spring water.

    Water fluoridation is done with the addition of flurorsilicic acid, a toxic cocktail from the smoke stacks of fertilizer plants, containing 23% sodium fluoride (RAT POISON), lead, mercury, arsenic, barium, cadmium and palonium 20, last three are known radioactive carcinogens. No known filtration system can remove much fluoride from water. Even distillation gets out only about 20% of it, because the fluorene molecule has only one more atom than water. So, it evaporates at essentially the same temperature.

    Send your email address to for "The Fluoride Nightmare," a free, concise but comprehensive speech for your city council along with many pages of documentation.

    • Jeannon Kralj

      Good info. I know about hydrofluorosilicic acid. I have read the work of Dr. Roger Masters of Dartmoth and his colleague and their studies. This substance is especially harmful to African Americans and Hispanics. Large percentage of these children have learning disabilities and behavior problems and large percentage of these adults, especially African Americans, are either in prison, probation or parole. I attribute it to this substance.

      Did not know water filters leave so much fluoride in. Yikes.

    • Pro

      even those expensive platinum ones?