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A large quantity of our immune system, about 70 - 80% comes from our digestive system.

2015 September

Newsletter

The Digestive System

By Anni Dahms

Owner of the retail chain

ANNI’s VITAL SHOP.

Nurse- & Health

specialist, Biopath and

Nutritional Adviser.

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

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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

related problems.

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

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system being low once again, and you

may have to resort to another antibiotic

treatment. A unhealthy cycle has now

started.

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

Diet

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

individual.

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

digestive system.

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

between meals.

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Supplements

• 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

status.

• 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

case.

• 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

stomach acid.

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

stomach acid.

• 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

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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.

Tips

• You should know that a

healthy intestinal flora, creates

more B vitamins and vitamin

K.

• 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

rid waste”.

• 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

of life, the muscles and good

intestinal motility.

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