Digestion is important to your well-being

Digestion is important to your well-being

The human body requires a regular supply of nutrients, vitamins and energy if it is to function properly. These are supplied in the food we eat and absorbed during the digestive process.

How does the digestive system work?

The human body requires a regular supply of nutrients, vitamins and energy if it is to function properly. These are supplied in the food we eat and absorbed during the digestive process. The digestive system can be thought of as a long canal that runs through the body. This canal extends all the way from the mouth to the rectum, and also includes the oesophagus, stomach, duodenum, small intestine, and large intestine. The liver, gall bladder and pancreas also play a role in our ability to digest. The individual components of our digestive system thus work together to break food down into small elements that can be absorbed in the small intestine.

How you digest

Nutrients and vitamins are actually absorbed in the small intestine, but the process of digestion already begins at the moment we start to chew the food. As we chew, the food is broken down and mixed with saliva, which not only softens the food, but also contains enzymes that break down starches. It is then pushed through the oesophagus down to the stomach where it is broken down further by gastric acid. The next step of the digestive process takes place in the duodenum where the bile (produced by the liver and then stored in the gall bladder) is supplied.

This bile is necessary to ensure that the fat in the food can dissolve. Digestive enzymes from the pancreas are also introduced. These processes break the food down into small elements which are passed on to the small intestine where they can be absorbed. Everything that is not absorbed here is considered waste by the body and is pushed further into the large intestine by contractions in the muscle wall. Remaining liquid is absorbed through the wall of the large intestine and the waste (or faeces) is pressed together to finally be pushed out into the rectum where it remains until the brain receives the signal that it is time to visit the toilet. This process takes approx. 1-2 days.

Absorption of nutrients and vitamins

Nutrients and vitamins from food are absorbed in the small intestine. The small intestine is approx. 6.5 m long, but has a much larger surface area. This is because there is a mucous membrane on the inside, which has many “folds”, on each of which there are tiny “fingers”. The task of these “fingers” is to trap nutrients and vitamins and transfer them into the bloodstream through tiny perforations. Anything that is too big to fit through these perforations will therefore not be absorbed. Nutrients that are not sufficiently broken down will therefore be considered waste and transported on to the rectum.

Dandelion is conducive to normal digestion and liver function

Dandelion contributes to normal stomach and liver function and its prebiotic effect also contributes to the well-being of the gastrointestinal system. Dandelion contains taraxin and taraxsterol, which are bitterants. As the name suggests, bitterants have a bitter taste and can thus help to stimulate the secretion of bile.

Fermentation and dandelion = probiotics and prebiotics

Herrens Mark REGOPUR fermented dandelion extract is, as the description suggests, fermented with lactic acid bacteria from cultures produced by Herrens Mark. This means that REGOPUR gives you both probiotics (living lactic acid bacteria) and prebiotics (which can also be referred to as the “lunchbox” for probiotics, i.e. the dandelion. Both elements are known to contribute to a healthy intestinal flora.

The extract is unpasteurised, which preserves the living lactic acid bacteria, which can thus colonise the intestinal system. You can drink REGOPUR fermented dandelion extract even if you have had your gall bladder removed as the gall bladder only acts as storage for bile that has already been produced. Dandelion can therefore still have an effect on stomach and liver function while the living lactic acid bacteria are able to colonise the intestinal system.