If I were to ask you what is your body's "hot spot" for creating health and avoiding all types of disease, what would you say?
"Oh, my colon, right? You always talk about how important the colon is."
The answer is your small intestine.
And considering the HUGE role that it plays in digestion and your overall health from head to toe, there's nothing "small" about it.
The small intestine is only called small because the "tube" is not as wide as the large intestine (colon).
The inside wall of it is covered with thousands of little finger-like structures called villi and each villi is covered with hair-like microvilli--this is where your nutrients get absorbed.
End to end your small intestine is about 20 feet long! (Versus the "short" 5-foot large intestine.)
And if you opened it up and spread it out flat with all the little villi and microvilli lying individually on their sides it would cover the surface of an ENTIRE tennis court!
Yeah, nothing small about that.
Where the action is
The small intestine is where the real digestive action is. Although your stomach does the initial breakdown of foods, the crucial point is just AFTER this.
The vital functions of your small intestine are to:
1- finish the digestion of your food and
2- absorb nutrients
Here's the amazing process how it does that:
When your food leaves your stomach, it's supposed to be a thick, pea soup-like mass called chyme -- pronounced 'kime.' (I know those of you who have seen "The Exorcist" just wrinkled your noses!)
As the chyme drips through, digestive enzymes are secreted by your small intestine, plus bile from the liver (thanks to the gallbladder) and juice and enzymes from your pancreas.
At this point proteins are fully broken down into their amino acids, fats are reduced to fatty acids and carbohydrates become simple sugars.
In other words, your food is ready to become YOU -- nutrients that your body can use for cell energy and growth. (You are quite literally what you eat!)
Then your small intestine absorbs the nutrients through tiny blood vessels in its microvilli.
The small intestine is BRILLIANT -- it knows what nutrients you need the most and absorbs those first. Then it will take up any remaining carbs, proteins and fats last.
The nutrients are put into your blood, sent off to the liver to have any toxins filtered out, and then transported all over your body.
Once digestion and nutrient absorption is done, the food (now just some fiber, waste and water) moves to the large intestine where fiber is broken down, water is absorbed and...an upcoming bowel movement is created.
Don't screw up a good thing
This is a magnificent process that is vital to your health and life. Your body needs nutrients to function and, well, to even exist at all.
So why would anyone want to screw up this crucial process?
But that's what millions of people do every single day.
You see, the hard to digest, acid waste-creating "convenient" junk we humans eat today have put a tremendous strain on ALL of our digestive organs that can and has lead to illness, disease and early death around the globe.
It ends up being a domino effect -- here's what I mean:
The domino effect of disease creation
When your stomach has trouble breaking down what you've eaten, it has to repeatedly secrete acid. This is how it attempts to jump-start digestion that has been halted or slowed.
All that acid production causes many or all of the nutrients in your food to be destroyed, and makes for LOTS of excess acid that can come sliding up your throat.
Also, that means that your chyme is not broken down like it should be when it leaves your stomach. That causes instant stress on your small intestine and pancreas to do more of the work than they should have to.
It also means that your body's ability to produce enzymes is pushed, since SO many are being used up trying to digest this mess inside you.
The large amount of acid and toxins in your chyme also ruins nutrient absorption -- instead of just nutrients, the microvilli end up absorbing LOTS of toxins, which then sail on to your liver.
So now your liver gets stressed out by filtering more toxins than it's designed to. It can only do so much, and eventually toxins end up staying in your blood and getting transported everywhere.
That leads to inflammation all over your body. Since your blood vessels go everywhere, your entire body is fair game.
And you become the perfect home for obesity, sickness and chronic disease to flourish.
Keep things running smoothly
It's essential to keep ALL of your digestive organs running smoothly, especially the all-important small intestine.
Your health and your life depend on it.
Luckily, it's also easy to do. It involves 2 steps:
1- Eat foods that are easily digested together, and concentrate more on alkaline foods that come with their own enzymes.
2- Give your body a little enzyme help if necessary.
My digestive health system can help take care of step 1. Check it out here.
In my #1 best-selling digestive health system, I show you which foods are alkaline and how to combine ALL foods in order to make your whole system work smoothly.
That means just the right amount of stomach acid and other enzymes being secreted, foods broken down like they should be, less toxins to strain the small intestine and liver, and more nutrients to help make for a healthier YOU.
It also means that your body will get some enzyme help from your foods, so your organs don't have to do ALL the work.
And for step 2:
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Don't wait until you're sick and in pain to do something about keeping your digestion smooth. By then it might be too late.
Respect your digestive "hot spot" (your small intestine) as well as ALL your other digestive organs and they will return the favor handsomely for many years to come.
Because, as you now know from this brief biology lesson, you literally ARE what you eat.
To your health,
PS: Lynn lost 37 lbs and has avoided blood pressure medication!:
I felt my case was insignificant so was not going to write as I have always felt extremely well. But looking back from November last year I have lost 17 kgs (37 pounds) which is the reason I started your eating plan. I am 60 years old, and everything else for taking off weight over the years had failed.
I had a doctor's appointment to be put on blood pressure medication and was dreading it, but lo & behold my blood pressure was absolutely normal after following your eating plan!
I have also realised that I have stopped popping pain relief pills for lower back pain, and the pain in my knees has completely disappeared.
So thank you Sherry. For me 60 is the new 40.
Keep up the great work, as I certainly share it with everybody.
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