Episode 18 – More Than Just A “Pathway For Poop”
On this episode of the Get Healthy Alabama podcast we (Dr. George Burroughs and BetyLou Pierce) continue our study of the Digestive System by looking at the many important functions of the Large Intestine.
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Episode 18 - More Than Just A “Pathway For Poop”
Did you know that the food you eat has a job… and it’s NOT to “make you feel good?”
The food you eat is meant to nourish you.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good meal but the primary reason I eat isn't for the food to make me happy.
It’s for the food to nourish me!
“How” it does that is through a process called digestion.
Digestion starts with food entering the mouth. It is chewed and then sent to the stomach where it is broken down into small, usable pieces.
When the stomach finishes its job, the food passes into the Small Intestine for further breakdown.
Once the food is completely broken down, the “good” parts of the food - the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids and simple sugars - are ABSORBED into the body so that they can be taken to the muscles, glands and organs.
This is all great, but I have a question:
What happens to the parts of the food that were NOT needed by the body?
The parts that were deemed “not good?”
It’s actually quite simple:
The “unwanted” food - along with toxins and dead bacteria - continues down the digestive tract and enters the Large Intestine (also known as the “colon”) before eventually being eliminated via a bowel movement.
Not very exciting, right?
Well, actually it is.
You see, a lot actually goes on in the Large Intestine. So much so that it takes about two full days for this unwanted “food” to pass through the Large Intestine.
What happens during that time and how does it impact your health?
THAT is the topic of this episode.
Specifically, we will discuss:
The importance of making sure that whatever enters the Large Intestine LEAVES the Large Intestine. (Toxins laying around can lead to colon cancer)
The first question every doctor should ask a patient
The importance of the “fiber-water” combination
Our favorite herb for dealing with constipation
Our favorite supplements for dealing with hemorrhoids
Our suggestion for eliminating parasites
We also discuss how the Large Intestine is home to so much of our body’s microflora… the bacteria that has a profound impact on our health.
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