Our Digestive System
How many of you know that the digestive system includes the mouth? How about the liver, gall bladder and pancreas? If you check out the diagram above you can see that there are nine different body parts involved in digesting food! One might guess from this that there is more to eating than just pleasure!
The digestive tract starts at the mouth and ends at the rectum. All parts of the digestive tract are lined with mucous membranes. These membranes play a very important role in the digestive process. Most digested molecules of food, as well as water and minerals, are absorbed through the small intestine. The mucosa of the small intestine contains many folds that are covered with tiny fingerlike projections called villi. In turn, the villi are covered with microscopic projections called microvilli. These structures create a vast surface area through which nutrients can be absorbed. Specialized cells allow absorbed materials to cross the mucosa into the blood, where they are carried off in the bloodstream to other parts of the body for storage or further chemical change. An amazing and efficient system. Just try designing that in your garage!
Just Pop An Antacid?
I just read an excellent article on causes and treatment of acid reflux and heartburn. Apparently it is very common, affecting around 20% of the population. Over 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month. The causes are multiple but most often diet and lifestyle are the culprits. The most popular treatment is over the counter antacids which are effective in providing temporary relief but which do not cure the problem and may exacerbate it over time. Read the full article here Fighting Heartburn and Gerd Naturally – And Safely!
The Natural and Healing Alternative
The primary reason I am in praise of this article results from its discussion of the healing properties of seabuckthorn oils for acid reflux and stomach ulcers (Apologies for my obvious bias). We have known for some time how effective our Single Source Oil (a 50/50 blend of USDA organic seabuckthorn seed oil and fruit oil) is for the maintenance of healthy mucous membranes. It is not entirely clear how the Single Source Oil works to repair and protect the mucous membranes but the potency and synergies of the nutritional compounds including the phospholipids, polyphenols and omegas are cited in the literature as influential in the healing process. While antacids are a quick and simple fix, if the problem is chronic the sufferer may want to seek a more lasting and benign solution such as seabuckthorn oil. Learn more about our oils here. All About Seabuckthorn Oils