Body Systems – DIGESTIVE

I am adding a new chapter in my blog called BODY SYSTEMS. You all know what the ‘body’ is, but what do you know about what makes up the ‘body’. In other words, the Systems of the body. It is time to ‘clean up your act’, to ‘stop killing yourself’, get beyond dis-ease, think about your health, and conquer your problems by changing your life and way of thinking.


What Structures make up the Digestive System?
…..The mouth and salivary glands, stomach, small intestines, pancreas, liver, and gallbladder.

What are the functions of the Digestive System?
…..In the mouth, the digestive system uses mechanical (teeth) and chemical (enzymatic) action for the breakdown of coarse foods into simple structures or compounds for absorption and utilization purposes. The salivary glands secrete amylase, which is an alkaline digestive enzyme for starch and carbohydrate breakdown.
…..The stomach – located between the esophagus and duodenum, is below the diaphragm and to the right of the spleen with a portion lying underneath the liver. Food enters the upper part of the stomach through the cardiac sphincter valve and leaves through the pyloric sphincter valve. The stomach has four layers. The stomach acts like a time-release mechanism allowing food time to digest (be broken down) so the body can use it properly.
…..The small intestines make up the first part of the bowel structure. They are smaller in diameter than the colon, but are 4 to 6 times as long. Three sections make up the small intestines, with each having its own job to do. They include the 1)Duodenum which is responsible for protein digestion into amino acids; for alkalization and fat breakdown; stimulation of pancreatic enzymes and gallbladder bile extraction; and changes complex sugars into monosaccharides or simple sugars. 2) Jejunum – makes up two-fifths of the small intestines. It helps with duodenum digestion, and absorption of vital nutrients in the break down of food particles to their simplest form. 3)Ileum – comprises the lower three-fifths of the small intestine.  It mixes the already byproducts of digestion (amino acids),
monosaccharides, fatty acids, glycerol, vitamins and minerals with water to continue them on their way out into the colon.
…..The pancreas is both an endocrine gland and an exocrine gland. It is located in a horizontal position behind the stomach in front of the first and second lumbar vertebrae; it is attached to the duodenum and reaches to the spleen. As an exocrine gland, its ducts join with the common bile duct which empties into the duodenum. This gland supplies the bulk of the digestive enzymes needed to breakdown the food. They also supply sodium bicarbonate, which is an alkalizing substance necessary to alkalize the stomach contents. When the stomach contents cannot be alkalized proper digestion is halted. The food then ferments and putrifies, causing excessive gas. This results in the loss of the nutritional value of the food. The pancreas is a vital organ. It is destroyed by acidosis and harmful chemicals. What destroys the liver also destroys the pancreas.
…..The liver has many functions. It is the largest organ in the body and carries on the most functions. Its basic tasks are: *Storage and Distribution: storing amino acids from digestion, reconstructing them for essential body proteins. It converts excess glucose into glycogen, converts the stored glycogen back to glucose when the body needs it, and, stores vitamins, various minerals, and iron and copper. *Conversions, synthesis, biological transmutations: converts stored fat, converts ammonia from excessive protein consumption into urea, which is then excreted by the kidneys, synthesizes Vitamin K and other various clotting factors, synthesizes non-essential amino acids for growth and repair functions, synthesizes cholesterol for use in cell membrane walls, steroid production and for anti-inflammatory  purposes, etc. *Secretes – 1 liter of bile per day. Bile is a fat emulsifier and alkalizing agent. *Detoxifies – the liver’s immune cells digest bacteria, viruses and other pathogens within the blood from the digestive tract. It can metabolize hormones, chemical drugs, and other chemicals as well – if the liver is healthy. These are detoxification processes. When the liver is abused, other health issues are the result, such as brain function.  “Your body develops and functions according to how you treat it.”
…..The gallbladder – a pear-shaped sac located on the underside of the right lobe of your liver is a ‘holding tank’ for bile, which is produced in the liver. Bile is needed for digestive purposes. It is used as an alkalizer, anti-inflammatory and emulsifier of fats. When this function is interfered with, gall stones usually develop. The next step – if the stones don’t dissolve on their own – is removal of the gallbladder which puts a burden on the liver and the whole digestive system. In my opinion, medical doctors remove the gallbladder much to freely, telling the patient it is not a vital part of the body’s function – or it isn’t needed. People who have had their gall bladder removed because of gall stones, have told me they now are having severe liver problems and kidney issues, etc. (gall stones develop when the body become too acidic). A change in the diet can naturally make a difference with gall bladder issues.

With all this being said – in a simplified, and I hope you can understand version of the digestive system, you need to take into account, that every part in your body (like the parts in a car) is necessary for the body to function properly and in unison with each other in order for the body to respond positively and stay healthy.
(Sources: Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary; Dr. Robert Morse, N.D.)




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