It is a wonderful and intricate exploration
to follow the path of nutrients from the moment
they enter our mouths till the moment they are dispelled.
Frequently forgotten in its importance is our sense of smell and taste buds; step one. These senses prime our digestive system to begin to secrete the proper enzymes to breakdown our food, which allows us to absorb the most nutrients and gain the most benefit from each and every substance we ingest.
The integrity within the mucous membranes is of
utmost importance in nutrient absorption.
Ideally, our mucous membranes are tight and well sealed, barricading large proteins and other substances from entering our bloodstream. This intestinal barrier is supported by the microflora that resides there, as well as by the mucous that lines this barrier, which provides food to the microbes and a soothing environment for our membranes.
The health of the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas
also greatly affect the quality digestion.
Their role in producing and secreting proper juices allows the food we consume to be properly broken down and utilized by the body.
All of this is tied together by the state
of our nervous system.
The balance of stress and ease is what controls the state of our nervous system. Relaxation of both the mind and the body puts our digestive system in this state of ease, supporting both effective nutrient absorption and intestinal motility. Food hygiene is an essential part of finding this ease within your nervous system. This requires us to ensure that we are in an environment where we can be present with our surroundings. When we are present with our surroundings, we can better digest our environment as well as our food.