You need guts to be happy no matter what: The importance of a healthy digestive system for enhanced immunity

Parts of the Digestive System

Expressions such as “butterflies in my stomach” and “gut wrenching” are actually saying more than what we read on the surface. Whether one’s tummy is in knots over a speech or one lacks the guts to undertake something, the fact remains: We think and feel with our guts as much as we do with our brains. Isn’t it logical, then, that a strong and healthy gut will spawn a healthy body and strong mind? Research suggests that the gut micro-flora lining the intestines are much more than just “good” or “bad” bacteria, and that their most important function is to regulate the body’s immune response, especially when faced with stress. This is a two-way street: Psychology and psycho-social factors influence the physiological functioning of the gut, and a healthy strong gut can help one stay mentally agile and fit.
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This is typically a slow-growing cancer that is often survivable if caught early. Many diseases and conditions of the digestive system including irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, diverticulitis, GERD, Crohns disease, celiac disease, peptic ulcer and hiatal hernia can be chronic and are difficult to diagnose and treat. Many of the diseases of the digestive system are tied to the foods we eat, and many sufferers must restrict their diets. [ Tips for Preventing Stomach Aches ] There are a number of tests to detect digestive tract ailments. A colonoscopy is the examination of the inside of the colon using a long, flexible, fiber-optic viewing instrument called a colonoscope. Other testing procedures include upper GI endoscopy, capsule endoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and endoscopic ultrasound. Study of the digestive system Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine focused on studying and treating the digestive system disorders.
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Digestive System: Facts, Function & Diseases

Infographic: all about your stomach and how digestion works.

It also contains glands, nerves, and lymphatic vessels. The muscular layer contains two types of muscles that are responsible for contracting and relaxing the parts of the canal. These muscular movements are responsible for two kinds of movement within the alimentary canal. Mixing movements, like that of the stomach, combine food with digestive enzymes. Peristalsis is the process of moving food forward within the canal. This is done within the small and large intestines.
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How your dog’s digestive system works

Here are some tips to help keep your digestive flow on track this year: 1 Incorporate healthy bacteria in your diet Factors such as stress, lack of sleep, antibiotics, illness, aging and poor diet choices can often lead to an imbalance of your digestive tract bacteria. Certain probiotics, mostly found in dairy products and some fortified cereals, can help to maintain the balance of “good” bacteria in the digestive tract. Try a daily helping of yogurt with probiotics, such as Activia. 2 Keep the fiber on deck Consistently eating the right amount of fiber can help promote bowel function. High-fiber foods such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains also help you feel full, which can help lower your chance of overeating throughout the day. Keeping a running tab on the fiber you consume can help give you more energy. 3 Hydrate Water is one of those essential elements for a healthy digestive system.
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Digestive health: 10 Tips for getting your digestive system back on track

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Dogs in the wild will eat herbs and plants. One is in the form of partly digested stomach contents of their prey. Occasionally a dog will eat fresh plant material but this is usually for a very specific purpose and in response to an instinctive need to treat an immediate health problem. None of the dog’s digestion takes place in the mouth, as it does in human beings. It begins in the stomach, but the main process of digestion occurs in the dog’s small intestine.
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