How does the digestive system work?

Digestive problems are one of the most common problems among the population. Gastrointestinal disorders are more than normalized since our current lifestyle does not help it to function properly. During digestion, our body absorbs all the nutrients to be able to use them as energy and food for our cells. Each food has nutritional values ​​and macronutrients that will benefit or harm our body. This will depend on the quality of the food, the intolerances and the activity that we carry out throughout the day.

When it comes to eating, we must make conscious and responsible decisions, since food is the main fuel that the body receives. Choosing natural foods without additives will facilitate the entire digestion process and allow your body to absorb everything it needs easily and without obstacles.

In addition to the quality of food, good digestion is also directly related to other factors. The digestion process begins as soon as we put the food in our mouth. When we are chewing, we are in the first step of digestion. The more crushed the food is, the easier the body will be able to absorb all its nutrients and we will avoid the feeling of bloating, since we will be facilitating the digestion process. One way to chew more and better is to be aware that we are eating. Nowadays, we have gotten used to eating while we watch our cell phone, work, watch TV… all these distractions negatively influence your digestion, since we are not paying attention to what we are doing.

Physical activity, stress level, and rest are also crucial factors that affect the digestion process. Doing sports favors an increase in metabolism, which will reduce the feeling of heaviness. When we lead an active life and avoid sedentary lifestyle, we help regulate intestinal transit, evacuation habits and constipation.

On the other hand, stress is one of the great enemies of digestion. When we are stressed, the body produces hydrochloric acid, which causes the appearance of ulcers. These damage the walls of the stomach or duodenum, thus affecting its natural activity. That is why rest will favor the entire functioning of the body and the digestive system.

In summary, we must avoid:

Processed foods and sweeteners (alcohol, energy drinks …).
Chewing improperly.
Drinking too much during meals.
All of this has different consequences:

Gastric distention
Abdominal pressure
Feeling of heaviness
Heaviness and swelling
In food, we must avoid processed products and prioritize natural foods. Extra Virgin Olive Oil has multiple benefits in digestion, which will help your body to function properly: The oleic acid present in EVOO favors digestive function, reduces gastric acid secretion, and helps reduce constipation. Being such a fatty food, it has a mild laxative effect, which helps to improve the intestinal absorption of food. Various studies show that monounsaturated fatty acids, which make up extra virgin olive oil, facilitate digestion unlike other types of oil. In addition, EVOO is one of the main anti-inflammatory foods, due to its amount of polyphenols. Therefore, the daily consumption of EVOO will help prevent abdominal bloating, bowel distention and a feeling of heaviness.

From Verde Esmeralda Olive we encourage you to take care of yourself from the inside to be able to live in an agile and healthy body. Laugh a lot, do sports, rest and eat delicious and healthy, the rest will go smoothly!

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