The digestive-eliminatory system
The digestive system is a 25- to 35-foot-long hoselike structure. It receives
food at one end, breaks it down into nutrients (a process called digestion),
and absorbs the nutrients into the bloodstream for delivery to the cells. The
indigestible parts of food are eliminated from the body. The eliminatory system
helps maintain water and chemical balance and removes excess fluid and waste
from the body.
The primary structures of these systems are the mouth, esophagus, stomach,
small and large intestines (colon), kidneys, bladder, and anus.
When things go wrong
Digestive disorders are a major source of lost time. We all are familiar with
such inconveniences as constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, urinary tract infections,
flatulence, and upset stomachs. Digestive disorders also account for such serious
problems as hepatitis, jaundice, cirrhosis, diverticular disease, and cancers
of the digestive system. Anyone who suffers from digestive problems knows how
horrible they can make life.
Why things go wrong
Diet is often the main culprit. We eat too much processed food and sugar, and
not enough fiber, fruits, and vegetables. This alone can result in constipation.
Poor eating habits, such as eating too quickly and "grazing" our food,
are also part of the problem. In addition, parasites are a largely unknown but
major problem. Other risk factors are lack of exercise, effects of prescription
and over-the-counter drugs, smoking, stress, and alcohol.
To maintain digestive-eliminatory health
Many digestive problems can be prevented through lifestyle.
Live the Healthy Cell Concept™ and be sure to get adequate amounts of fiber,
fruits, and vegetables. Don’t eat "on the run": set a dinnertime
and stick to it! Eat foods such as yogurt, which contain beneficial bacteria
that our digestive systems need. Consider supplementing with pre and probiotics, digestive enzymes, and aloe vera, all of which can aid in digestion