In science, we study that a cell is the smallest organ of human body. Many cells together form a tissue and many tissues together form an organ. Many organs together form an organ system and Human digestive system is also one such organ system from human body where many organs together work to break down food into simpler components and to obtain energy from it. This organ system consists of the organs like Mouth, Tongue, Salivary glands, Gastrointestinal Tract, Liver, Gall-Bladder, and Pancreas etc. In short, we can say that digestive system performs the digestion and breakdown of food.
Need for Digestive Health:-
Digestion includes everything from chewing of food to mixing of that food with saliva and then mixing of it with the gastric juices and then breaking of the food consumed into smaller and less complex components or form of energy. Problems like Constipation, Gas, Diarrhea, Irritable bowel syndrome, stomach ache etc. are all directly or indirectly associated with the same organ system of the body and hence we need to maintain proper digestive health in order to stay immune against these health problems.
Digestive System, a Boon for Better Health:-
Experts tell that you are diseased even after seeing your stool. They just notice its color, shape, appearance etc. and tell that you are suffering from some disease. Actually, a healthy body always generates a specific and normal kind of stool while an unhealthy body will also show some irregularities in the stool generated. When your digestive system does not works properly, you might be a victim of Colitis, Irritable bowel syndrome, gas, Constipation, Diarrhea or even Cancer and thus if your digestive system is healthy, you are less likely to fall a prey to these disorders and diseases. Healthy digestive system means more energy and better immunity. We can thus say that digestive system is a boon for good health and we should adopt every possible measure to strengthen and fortify its functioning.
Ways to Strengthen Digestive System:-
We suggest two ways for improved digestion and digestive system. One is to stop consuming everything that proves to be an impediment in proper digestion and the other is to consume everything that fortifies digestion. Some such ingredients and ways to strengthen digestive system are:-
1. Swallow Food only after chewing it properly:-
We have two pipes in our mouth, one of these is for swallowing the food and the other one is for breathing. Now it is also a property of these pipes that only one of them can stay functional at a time. When we are eating, we are not breathing as wind pipe is not functional and when we are breathing, we are not eating as food pipe is not functional. Our elders ask us not to speak while eating food because of the same reason. Now when we are chewing the food, salivary glands secrete saliva which gets mixed with the food being chewed and this saliva helps in better breakdown of food. Thus you should swallow food only after chewing it properly so that enough saliva gets mixed with the food.
2. Bitter Herbs to Reduce Gas, Bloating and Indigestion:-
Bitter herbs promote the secretion of digestive juices and speed up the process of digestion. Dandelion, Barberry root, Gentian etc. include the names of some such herbs. When secretion of digestive juices gets promoted, the problems like gas, bloating, indigestion etc. also get reduced. You can have these herbs in any form before or after having food. You can eat them with food in the form of paste also.
3. Fennel, Cardamom, Cumin Seeds And Caraway Seeds To Warm Up The Digestive Tract:-
Fennel seeds, Cardamom (Ilaaychi), Cumin seeds and caraway seeds etc. are included in the category of Carminative Herbs which are proven to warm up the human digestive tract. They also speed up the process of digestion and reduce chances of a person to experience problem of gas after having food.
4. Senna Leaf, Aloe Vera Leaf & Cascara Sagrada for Constipation: –
If you are suffering from the problem of constipation, senna leaf and Cascara Sagrada might prove to be a good short term curative for you. You can otherwise use Aloe Vera juice as a curative measure for Constipation. If there is any kind of inflammation reported, you can consume chia seeds as these are rich in the content of fiber and they have an anti-inflammatory effect as well.
5. Chia Seeds and Psyllium seed For Bowel Movements & Cramping:-
Chia Seeds have an anti-Inflammatory effect that proves beneficial against improper bowel movements. Psyllium seeds on the other hand create about a soothing effect and relieve not just bowel movements but cramping as well. Both of these thus serve to be an ideal solution for proper digestive health.
6. Eat Ginger for Improved Digestion:-
A person with ginger in his/her diet experiences improved digestion. He/She experiences less problems related with digestive health and it also stimulates the digestive juices. If you experience any health issue like Vomiting, Indigestion, Diarrhea, Bloating etc. then ginger is perhaps the best option because of the same reason. You can add it to your food after grating it or you can have it in the form of paste with food.
7. Probiotic for Improved Stomach Health:-
Probiotic drinks contain some good bacteria which once consumed start living in our stomach and crowd out the other harmful bacterias from it. This helps to keep digestive system healthy. One such natural Probiotic drink is Yoghurt. You can have it daily to experience better stomach health and to prevent digestive issues.
8. Peppermint for Cramps, Gas and Bloating:-
Peppermint is carminative which means it is the best cure for flatulence or problem of gas. It has an anti-inflammatory effect which makes it an ideal solution for cramps and bloating. It improves digestion and prevents digestive disorders. You can add it to your food directly and you can also consume it in the form of tea.
9.Fennel Seeds For Indigestion:-
Most three star restaurants these days serve their customers with fennel seeds after dinner. Actually, Fennel Seeds improve your digestive health and thus they serve to be the best option against indigestion, Acidity, Heartburn, Bloating and other such minor problems related with improper digestion.
10. Asafetida for Better Digestion:-
Best chefs recommend Asafetida to be added as an ingredient in the food items they make. It has Anti-inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-oxidative properties in it. It treats an individual against the problem of gas and prevents his/her stomach from getting upset for long time.
11. Apple Cider Vinegar for Bowel Movements:-
If you are suffering from bowel movements, then apple cider vinegar might be the best option for you. It has a water soluble fiber called pectin in it that helps to regulate the bowel movements. It rather alkalizes the body and treats the problems like gas, heartburn, indigestion, bloating and stomach aches etc.
12.Slippery Elm Bark and Mullein Leaf:-
Ulmus Fulva or Slippery Elm is rich in Mucilage, which is a substance that gels well with water. It provides a soothing kind of effect against bowel inflammation, mouth problems and stomach aches. Mullein leaf on the other hand serves to be an ideal option in case of ailments like diarrhea, constipation, Hemorrhoids, Bladder infections etc.