Building a Health Digestive System-
Part 1 by Mary Louise;Town Jaqua, Health Minister 12-8-13
Most Americans eat with great abandon. Armed
with knife, fork, and spoon, they stuff their mouths
and bellies with little, if any, regard for what they
just ate. Nevertheless, once past the palate and
'down the red lane,' the great exercise of eating
is over and the exercise of digestion begins, a
process that is central to the body's wellbeing.
Digestion: What is it?
Digestion is the process of converting food
into nourishment to feed and energize body
cells. Because of its life-sustaining role, the
digestive system is regarded as being the
most important system in the body, the
primary functions of which include:
Ingestion of food Secretion of fluids and digestive enzymes Mixing and movement of food and wastes
through the body
Digestion of food into smaller pieces Absorption of nutrients Excretion of wastes
According to Divine design, a group of organs
comprise the digestion system and work
together in the herculean task of transforming
whole foods into usable fuel for the body. The
assisting organs are
1. Mouth (teeth, tongue,
5. Small Intestines
6. Liver and gallbladder
8. Large Intestine
Digestion: a walk through the process
Learning the mechanics of the digestive
system helps to understand its importance
in order to care for it properly. That the
body is 'fearfully and wonderfully made'
(Psalms 139:14) is evident when tracing
the travel of food from beginning to end.
Digestion begins in the mouth
as the teeth, tongue, and
salivary glands work in concert
to pulverize food and break
down carbohydrates into a
semi-liquid called chyme.
2. Throat (pharnyx)
Once the chyme leaves the
mouth, it enters a funnel-like
tube called the throat and
travels on to the esophagus.
Liver and Gallbladder
The liver aids in digestion by
producing bile and secreting it
into the small intestine. Bile
salts emulsify fats to aid in
digestion.The gallbladder stores
and recycles excess bile
from the small intestine so that it
can be reused for future
digestion. The liver also further
reduces chyme and disperses
nutrients to body cells.
Much like a manufacturing plant with many
departments and workers, the goal of the
digestive system is to provide nourishment
for the body's 100+ trillion cells. However,
if one or more departments (organs) in the
system are shut down and employees (cells)
do not report to work, there is no food for the
body cells to eat. If this management crisis
is not remedied properly with all due haste,
body cells starve, mutate, and die which, in
turn, precipitates sickness, pain, and disease.
To be continued...
Part 2- symptoms and causes of an
unhealthy digestive system
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