The importance of a healthy digestive system

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They say you are what you eat. It might be a cliche, but as with all cliches it’s based in truth.

Not only is a healthy diet important for your digestive system, but a healthy digestive system is also essential for the health of the rest of your body and mind.

Nobody understands this more than the experts at Cheshire Natural Health.

Modern life is hectic and most people with busy lives and demands on their time find it incredibly difficult to eat healthily or to exercise as much as they’d like. But of course our bodies need us to do both in order to stay healthy.

The combination of a sedentary lifestyle and an endless stream of processed and refined food on our plates at mealtimes results in problems with our digestive systems and a host of negative effects on our health.


How does the digestive system work?

Let’s go under the bonnet, so to speak, to take a look at your inner workings. Your digestive system comprises the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, also known as the digestive tract, and the liver, pancreas and gallbladder.

Think of your GI tract as one long waste chute – it’s effectively a series of hollow organs joined in a lengthy, twisting tube from your mouth to your anus. These hollow organs are the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (including the rectum) and anus.

You put food in your mouth and it begins its journey to the anus through the GI tract. The solid organs – liver, pancreas and gallbladder – help your body to digest food. This, together with GI tract bacteria, help with digestion along with the nervous and circulatory systems.

It’s a complex and, frankly, awesomely efficient system.

When it is used properly, of course!


Healthy foods versus unhealthy foods

Sticking with the car analogy, you wouldn’t put the wrong fuel into your vehicle and expect it to drive smoothly. Stick unleaded into your diesel tank and you’ll soon have problems.

The same goes for the food you put into your digestive system.

Your digestive system can withstand a lot of hammer from the foods you eat as well as the emotional stresses you suffer. But it can only do so for a certain amount of time.

So, as with a poor diet, if you are exposed to a lot of stress and even depression it will lead to problems with your digestion, too.


How stress affects digestion

Stress can cause your digestion to shut down because your central nervous system – which controls digestion – shuts down blood flow. Your digestive muscles and how they contract are affected, which in turn slows down the secretions that are needed for the process of digestion. Stress can also inflame the gastrointestinal system and consequently leave you more prone to infection.


Now the good stuff

As always, here at Cheshire Natural Health, we can help.


Here are our tips for keeping your digestive system nice and healthy.


  • Eat a high-fibre diet to keep food moving through your digestive tract
  • Eat fatty foods in moderation as they slow the digestion process
  • Choose leaner meat
  • Sit down to eat regular meals at roughly the same time each day
  • Drink lots of water – staying hydrated is key
  • Give up smoking
  • Reduce your caffeine intake
  • Cut the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Take regular exercise
  • Seek out stress-busting activities, such as mindfulness, yoga and Pilates.


Colonic hydrotherapy

One of the best treatments for a healthy digestive system is colonic hydrotherapy, or colonic irrigation as it is sometimes known. This completely natural treatment has been practised for thousands of years. Using filtered water, it is a gentle and safe method of cleansing the bowel, working with your body to remove waste from your colon. It is also excellent for encouraging a natural, regular bowel function by stimulating the bowel’s muscles and nerves.

Many of our clients report a feeling of well-being and renewed energy following a colonic hydrotherapy treatment. It may just be the kick-start you need to a healthier approach to your lifestyle and diet.


Keep your digestive system in peak condition

If any of the points in this blog relate to you, please get in touch with us at Cheshire Natural Health, whether it’s to book a colonic hydrotherapy treatment or a relaxing treatment such as Reflexology or Massage.

You can get in touch through our contact form here. Alternatively, ring us on 01925 730123 or pop into the clinic at Beehive House, Tarporley Road, Stretton, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 4ND.