A fully functional digestive tract is critical. It is the pathway for nutrients to enter our bloodstream to give us energy, immunity and life. Left unchecked many digestive disorders will rob us of our health and well-being.
If your digestive tract can’t break down gigantic molecules into smaller nutrients your body can use, it doesn’t matter how healthy your food choices are. Don’t get us wrong – eating healthy is important, i.e. don’t eat junk food. The point is that your digestive tract must be functioning to use even healthy food.
Proteins are the building blocks for healthy cells.
The average protein is made up of 200-300 different amino acids; but the amazing thing is that all of those amino acids are constructed from 20 amino acids. Eight of those 20 are called essential amino acids because our body cannot produce them…they must be found in our diet and they must be absorbed by our bodies during digestion.
Carbohydrates give you energy to power your body.
Your stomach needs specific enzymes to break down carbohydrates. By age 30, the body is already producing less digestive enzymes than we need.
Healthy fat is your friend.
Hormones, neurotransmitters, the brain and nerves, and the surrounding “wall” of every cell in our body (called the cell membrane) are made mostly from fat. Dietary fat is the most concentrated form of energy. As with protein, our bodies can convert most of the fatty acids into others as needed, except for the three essential fatty acids which you must get from your diet. Fats are broken into smaller droplets in the stomach, but their digestion and eventual absorption occurs within the small intestine.
The standard dietary ratio is 40-40-20, meaning the “ideal” diet consists of 40% protein, 40% carbohydrates, and 20% fat.
Now let’s talk about digestive disorders and their nutritional solutions. Digestion is the Key to Health – Part 2