You need guts to be happy no matter what: The importance of a healthy digestive system for enhanced immunity

Cleanse your digestive system the easy way by eating kitchari

The gut is home to 100 million neurons – more than what the spinal cord has. It also contains 24 minor brain proteins, major cells that regulate immune function, one of the body’s in-built opiates, and native bensodizipine. Recently there has been one more addition to the nervous system: The gut, also known as the enteric nervous system. It is ensconced inside sheaths of tissue found in the lining of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon. It is known to have an important function in regulating our emotions. Isn’t it obvious why symptoms from the two brains are often the source of confusion? How intestinal flora aid digestion and foods that help build them Cells in the human digestive system lack some of the enzymes needed to break down certain types of food.
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Your Digestive System

Dr. Vasant Lad’s mini-Panchakarma cleanse consists mostly of eating kitchari for a few days along with ghee (clarified butter), another healing food that Ayurvedic practitioners believe increases agni, the internal fire that powers digestion and metabolism. With many years of trial and error to its credit, Ayurveda has demonstrated that simple combination to effectively detoxify the body. Since Ayurveda suggests specific diets for individual doshas — mind-body constitutional types — eating Ayurvedically inevitably translates to limited food choices, making it unpopular for those wanting access to the full range of culinary options. Kitchari, however, is safe for everyone to eat because it is tridoshic, meaning it is fine for all three doshas. Health benefits aside, kitchari can be appreciated for its taste alone.
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For example: GERD – eliminating or decreasing the amount of caffeine in the diet is helpful. Eating small frequent meals, not eating close to bedtime and avoiding alcohol at nightalso helps. Celiac disease -eliminating gluten is the treatment although regular check ups are crucial as well. Our digestive system has what is called theEnteric nervous system which consists ofmillionsof neurons and neural synapses just like our brain. It produces several neurotransmitters. GI system has been sometimes called the ‘second brain’.
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Digestive system

Liver The liver has a number of different roles in the body, including: Breaking down fats, using bile stored in the gall bladder Processing proteins and carbohydrates Filtering and processing impurities, drugs and toxins Generation of glucose for short-term energy needs from other compounds like lactate and amino acids. The large intestine Once all the nutrients have been absorbed, the waste is moved into the large intestine, or bowel. Water is removed and the waste (faeces) is stored in the rectum. It can then be passed out of the body through the anus. Common problems in the digestive system Some common problems include: Colitis inflammation of the bowel Diverticulitis inflammation of pouches lining the small intestine Gastroenteritis an infection that causes vomiting and diarrhoea Heartburn when the contents of the stomach back up into the oesophagus Ulcer a hole in the mucous membrane lining the stomach or duodenum. Where to get help Your doctor Things to remember Food is broken down by the digestive system to give energy to every cell in the body.
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