Superfoods that help: Following a practice of eating a cup of yoghurt with every meal will go a long way in alleviating your digestive problems. Avoid mixing sugar or salt in your yoghurt when you eat it. For those with loose motions connected to drinking milk or eating processed foods, a bowl of yoghurt on an empty stomach will calm the system to a great extent and aid digestion. Also add a dash of lemon juice to your sabzi or even your morning omelette – the enzymes in lemon break down toxins in the system and aid digestion. Other foods to help digestion are onions, garlic, flax seeds, papaya, pineapple, pumpkin seeds, cabbage, oily fish, leafy vegetables and steamed broccoli. Keep your kidneys happy: Doctors recommend that a glass of warm water first thing in the morning revs up the kidneys. If you can, try and eliminate sugar from your first cup of tea or coffee of the day – sugar makes the kidneys work harder.
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Human Digestive System
This completes the chemical process of digestion. The walls are covered with villi, where nutrient absorption takes place. The structure of each villus contains a capillary and lacteal to pick up the digestive nutrients. The nutrients are transported by the blood to all the cells of the body. The undigested food reaches into the ileo-cecal valve and enters the large intestine or colon.
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You and your digestive system
In chronic gastritis, the inflammation in the stomach is caused by specific inflammatory cells that are generally present in chronic inflammation. Colon: Colorectal cancer This cancer which affects the large bowel (colon) and the rectum is common in Western countries. Long-standing inflammatory bowel disease, particularly ulcerative colitis, increases the risk of developing this cancer. Up to 25% of people with colorectal cancer have a family history of the disease. It is therefore vital that people with a family history inform their doctors as regular screening tests (a colonoscopy in particular) will be able to detect early warning signs. Liver: Hepatitis The liver is one of the largest organs in the body and receives one third of the blood supply (1500 ml/min). The liver has many complex functions.
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