Before we even take the first bite, our digestive system has already prepared itself to digest the food we are about to eat.
Digestion starts with our senses – when we think about, see and smell food. All of these trigger our salivary glands.
After the first bite, saliva starts to chemically break down the food in our mouth, while our teeth take care of the mechanical aspect of breaking down our food.
The tongue helps move the food to the back of our pharynx so that it can be swallowed and move down to the esophagus.
The esophagus is a muscular tube connecting the throat with the stomach, a muscular organ that stores food, breaks it down using muscles and bile, and then moves it along to the small intestine.
The small intestine continues breaking down the food and enables us to absorb vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, and fats with the help of the liver (responsible for detoxifying, storing vital substances, producing bile), the pancreas (produces enzymes that help break down fats, carbohydrates, and protein) and the gallbladder (secretes bile to break down fat and store it effectively in the body).
From here, the food makes its way to the large intestine. The large intestine is the last digestive organ in the digestion system. It functions to trap remaining food particles after they have been digested in the stomach and small intestine. The large intestine absorbs the fluids and salts from the remaining food and facilitates healthy gut bacteria. This process can take up to 24 hours, after which the solid waste is discarded through the anus.
Digestion-Related Physical Conditions
Heartburn / Digestive System Virus
We recommend: Carmoil synergy taken internally.
Inflammation or infection of small pouches called diverticula that develop along the walls of the intestines. Common symptoms include fever and chills, bloating, diarrhea or constipation, nausea, vomiting, and lack of appetite.
We recommend: Sea buckthorn oil taken internally, and master blend synergy taken internally.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
A group of symptoms that includes abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, intermittent diarrhea and constipation, gas and bloating, and increased amounts of mucus in stool. In most cases, IBS can be treated with a proper diet and reducing day-to-day stress.
We recommend: Carmoil synergy taken internally to relieve symptoms, orange blossom tincture taken internally to alleviate stress, and a mixture of tinctures and essential oils called Likal also to be taken internally.
A chronic inflammatory bowel disease that can damage any part of the digestive system. This disease may only affect certain parts while other parts function as normal between the damaged areas. Onset is irregular, and it is sometimes weak, while other times more severe.
We recommend: Master blend synergy taken internally, turmeric essential oil taken internally.
Constipation is a condition caused by slow peristalsis, which results in the slow passing of bowel movements and could even lead to stools becoming impacted in the large intestine.
Constipation can be chronic, when the frequency of bowel movements is less than twice a week, requires effort, and is accompanied by pain and hard stools
We recommend: Flaxseed oil taken internally.
A chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that affects the entire large intestine (colon). Its main symptoms include urges to have bowel movements, diarrhea, weakness, anemia, and hemorrhoids.
We recommend: Carmoil synergy taken internally to relieve symptoms.
Written and edited by Einat Bentz