Digestion

Overview

It is estimated that the average human adult eats about 500kg of food per year. All food must first be broken down into smaller components before it can be used as fuel and nourishment for our bodies. Digestion actually starts the moment you take the first bite of your food. Chewing, together with saliva, starts to break the food down before it passes down your oesophagus and enters your stomach. The food remains in your stomach for between 2 and 6 hours before it is emptied into your small intestine, which is responsible for over 90% of digestion and absorption. Your large intestine carries out the final stage of absorption and prepares to eliminate the waste material. Your digestive system also includes the liver and pancreas which ‘inject’ digestive enzymes and juices to assist with the digestive process.

The digestive system is a common source of discomfort for many people. Over or under activity of any part disturbs the functioning of the entire system and conditions such as bloating, heartburn, nausea or constipation may result. Natura’s homoeopathic medicines help to gently regulate the various digestive organs and encourage healthy, normal digestive function

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Did you know?

You produce about 1.5 liters of saliva each day.

Remedy Focus

Nux vomica is a homoeopathic remedy that is used to treat conditions that are characterised by excessive irritability. It is especially useful for conditions with extreme oversensitivity to light, sound and odours, and it is commonly used for digestive and liver complaints.

FAQ
How can dietary changes prevent digestive discomfort?
 
Many digestive problems can be prevented with lifestyle changes. Poor eating habits, such as eating too quickly or skipping meals, can result in digestive discomfort. Be sure to eat food slowly, chewing thoroughly. You might want to try eating several small meals throughout the day to help lessen any symptoms of digestive discomfort. In addition, eating a balanced diet can help you avoid digestive discomfort. Unhealthy diets can contribute to digestive system difficulties. Many people eat too much processed food and sugar, and not enough fiber, fruits, and vegetables.
When Should I Call the Doctor About Digestive Problems?
 
You should call your doctor if you have any of the following digestive symptoms.
  • Heartburn that persists and/or becomes more severe, or is not relieved by medication
  • A sensation of food caught in the chest or throat
  • Unusual or persistent abdominal pain
  • Discomfort that interferes with daily activities
  • Difficult or painful swallowing
  • Heartburn that causes vomiting
  • Vomiting of blood
  • Bloody or black stools
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Persistent hoarseness and/or a sore throat
  • Episodes of choking
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • New or persistent constipation



Availability

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