The Digestive System
By Anni Dahms
Owner of the retail chain
ANNI’s VITAL SHOP.
Nurse- & Health
specialist, Biopath and
I have read that 84 pounds of
feces was found in Henry the
8th’s gut, which was perhaps one
explanation for his big belly.
From the moment you have eaten
your food, until you acknowledge
the remnants of it, there should
preferably go between 24 to 36
hours. Many ”wise” people say
that it does not matter if it takes
longer, it is very normal, but
normality does not say anything
about quality, and we all know
that it feels extremely uncomfortable
when there’s a long time
between our number two’s.
Several conditions and diseases
start in one way or other from the
intestinal tract. Therefore, many
people look at me little strangely,
when they complain about some disorder in the body
and first question is to ask them about how their stomach
is. I do not think I’ve ever had someone who besides having
unpleasantness somewhere in the body, has said to me, ”My
gut is completely perfect, I feel fine there.” Many endocrine
disorders originate from the gut. Psychological illnesses such
as fear, nervousness, impatience, anger and irritability states,
are most often linked to intestinal health. Guaranteed, we all
know about it either in the form of constipation or the opposite
as diarrhea. It is worth considering the next time you feel
irritated and impatient, that your immune system may be low
the moment. Personally, I believe that the vast majority of
states of anger and impatience basically originates from fear.
A large quantity of our immune system, about 70 - 80%
comes from our digestive system.
In Chinese medicine, which has been a major factor in my
education in complementary medicine, various parts of the
intestines are considered to relate with other organs, where
any ailments often express themselves. For example, a bad
bowel syndrome is often associated with lung and or skin
problems, eg. asthma, bronchitis and/or acne or other skin
When you have an infection, you may take some antibiotics.
These can not distinguish the good bacteria from the bad,
and are therefore responsible for clearing the body of most
bacteria - both good and bad. This results in your immune
system being low once again, and you
may have to resort to another antibiotic
treatment. A unhealthy cycle has now
When I write this, understand that I am
deeply grateful for antibiotics, but only
when strictly necessary. To you who are
taking antibiotics, make sure to stabilize
the healthy intestinal flora.
The entire digestive system begins with
the mouth and esophagus, where food
begins to split, is chewed and swallowed.
This is followed by the stomach
where the food is digested and is served
in small portions to the small intestine.
The food receives the juices from the
pancreas and bile, and then it’s broken
down further and the nutrients are
absorbed. The majority of nutrients are
absorbed here. If your small intestine is
not functioning properly, but has weakened
by free radicals, is inflammated
and/or damaged you will often have a
leaky gut. This is where some nutrients
that should first be decomposed into
absorbable units, instead pass undigested
into the bloodstream, contributing
to a weakened defense system. The next
section is the colon which also absorbs
nutrients as well as with water. The waste
products are then transported to the rectum
where waste products are normally
excreted once or several times a day
The most important thing is to chew
your food slowly. First you should look
at it a little, maybe say a little thank you
inside of yourself for the wonderful food
you’ll be eating. Already, your digestive
secretions have started to be produced.
About 1 liter of saliva is formed in the
mouth daily, which include includes
important enzymes and probiotics.
The entire process of chewing is the
foundation for good digestion. I see
many people who almost gulp down
their food, I often ask them if they also
gulp through their lives.
Be sure to eat a balanced diet, and listen
to your body for what it wants to
be nourished with. As a nurse I often
experienced that young children had a
very good intuition and ate the foods
they benefited from, until they became
addicted and often pressured to intake
foods that wasn’t exactly good for the
As an adult, it’s harder. We do not give
ourselves time to notice what we really
want, and we dare not believe in it,
because the ”experts” may say the opposite
to what our intuition says.
Our food intuition has been spoiled
along the way by sugary foods, sweets,
alcohol, drugs etc. However somewhere
- often completely inside us, we know
what we need. Make sure to avoid the
food you feel intolerant to.
If you eat meat, eat meat of good quality
and beware of too much red meat. It
often has a long transit time through the
If you are a big fan of milk products,
then be a little careful and perhaps cut
down on the amount. Many people do
not have the enzymes needed to break
down the milk’s sugar. Furthermore, lactose
is highly slime producing. For those
of you who must have full-fat cheese
sprinkled over their food please be careful,
it becomes plastic-like in the gut.
You may switch to other milk types such
as rice milk, soy milk, buckwheat milk,
almond milk etc.
These products are also available in the
form of cream, so if you need to have
whipped cream for a dessert you can
have it either done in a spray can or you
can whip it youself. For example, freshly
whipped ”cream” from rice or coconut
tastes absolutely delightful.
Be careful with a refined diet, such as
products like white flour and white rice.
Instead try getting enough fiber in your
diet from whole grain products. Eat plenty
of vegetables and salads and remember
to drink plenty of water - six to eight
glasses a day, not with food but after or
• In addition to a multivitamin/mineral
supplement with the essential oils, I
also advise many people to supplement
with a daily supplement of probiotics
containing acidophilus, bifidus etc. due
to the fact that our daily diet is usually
so refined and removed of its original
• Vitamin C powder mixed with magnesium
and calcium helps to keep the
stomach in order, if there is a tendency
to excrement being a little tough.
• Aloe Vera juice is good for both
digestion and to doctor a sensitive gut.
• Some people have too much stomach
acid and easily get uncomfortable
burning especially after eating certain
foods. Samarin is a great help in this
• Some people produce too little stomach
acid. The symptoms are often almost
the same as when there is too much
stomach acid, but it is obviously not
good to eat antacids if you have too little
If you have too little stomach acid symptoms
are often that you feel tired and
heavy after you have eaten, especially
if the food has been protein rich, for
example. a large steak or the like. The
most common age of too little stomach
acid is after the age of 35. When I ask
about people’s eating habits people with
too little stomach acid often say, that
they do not eat meat, because they feel
bad and bloated afterwards. Wacky and
jagged nails as well as hair loss are also
common symptoms of having too little
• It can be a great inspiration to eat
according to your blood type. If you
have intestinal problems then try to eat
after your blood type for a period of
time. It is that direction of diet in which I
have seen most people feel very pleased
about. A personal blood type diet can
be easily combined for the whole family
without much effort. There is a small,
light, cheap and good cookbook called
“Food for all blood types - a cookbook
for the whole family” by Signe Lykke.
• It may be a good idea to take
Molkosan, especially if you do not really
know whether you have too much or too
little stomach acid. Take 1 tsp. 1-3 times
a day with a glass of water. Molkosan has
a regulating effect on both states.
• Do you feel in need of a cleansing,
then there are many herbal formulas to
take both in tablet form, as a herbal tea
or to mix as green drink/smoothie.
• Chlorella is a unicellular fresh-water
micro algae which has a high content
of extremely good nutrients. It contains
vitamins and minerals, and has a high
content of protein with all amino acids.
Chlorella also has great detoxifying properties.
It is used for example, to purge
mercury from the body. In addition, it’s
really good for constipation and stimulates
your immune system. Chlorella is
found in many brands, and it is important
to choose one of good quality.
• Are you the type that suffers from
fatigue, flatulence and intolerance? In
many cases it can be helped by supplementing
with digestive enzymes such
as with papaya or bromelain - found in
many combination products.
• You should know that a
healthy intestinal flora, creates
more B vitamins and vitamin
• Louise Hay writes generally
about the gut, that the gut
stands for the release of waste
and that a new thought pattern
could be ”It’s easy to get
• Old sorrow and anger are
often associated with intestinal
problems, so be sure to
get those feelings processed
in one way or another.
• Also make sure to get
enough exercise, such as walking
half an hour, twice a day.
It has a great effect on the joy
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