The Importance of Proper Digestion and Food Assimilation

  • The colon is a vital key to your overall health.
  • Cleansing your colon can help rid your body of toxins.
  • An unhealthy colon can host parasites that steal nutrients before they can be absorbed by your body.
  • Drinking plenty of water and eating lots of fresh vegetables while avoiding junk foods is a good start for colon health.
  • Your colon is home to both good and bad bacteria, the good bacteria are helpful to your overall health and must make sure they outnumber the bad.

    The Importance of Proper Digestion and Food Assimilation

    Rita Lambros-Segur, M.H.

    It has been observed that health is the result of what one assimilates,
    not what one necessarily eats. We accept lots of food into our bodies,
    but only that which has been properly assimilated can be utilized for
    rebuilding and repairing cells and malfunction areas. Proper assimilation
    is acquired by "drinking the solid foods and chewing the liquid food."

    This is an old and true axiom. We should thoroughly chew the solid
    foods, mixing saliva with them until the food becomes a liquid; then we drink
    it. The liquid foods must be swished (or chewed) in the mouth, then
    swallowed. The saliva thoroughly mixed with the foods is the key that
    opens up the doors of digestion. Without mixing saliva with the food,
    the balance of the digestive juices are not activated for good assimilation.
    By gulping, "inhaling" or bolting the food down without properly mixing
    saliva with it, we only get eight to ten percent of its value. By properly
    chewing we can raise this to forty or forty-five percent. The balance
    is generally cellulose or indigestible fiber.

    We not only receive far better health, but also save money. Food is one
    of our largest expenditures, and if we can get four to six times better
    assimilation, this promises superior health and a happier life. With one
    fourth or one third of the food we have been used to eating, we can receive
    much more power and energy.

    Another must for good health is to slow down the eating procedure, relax
    and be happy. Discuss pleasant things during mealtime, even laugh a little.

    Such foods as soups, gruels, porridges, and purees contain so little
    solid matter that the bulk, considerable though it may be when the food
    is eaten, is soon reduced to a very small volume. On this account liquid
    foods are almost always constipating. The only exceptions are those liquid
    foods which contain much sugar, acids, or fats.

    Pasty cereals such as oatmeal mush, are decidedly constipating in their
    influence, because of their pasty consistency and the little mastication
    which they receive. New bread, hot biscuits, "noodles," and doughy foods
    of all sorts are likewise objectionable.

    If the above principles are not applied, constipation and/or
    indigestion can result. Premature old age and death, misery and even
    crime originate from constipation more than from any other bodily disorder.
    Constipation is not in itself a disease, but is a symptom, the cause of
    which may be disease or simply neglect.

    Indigestion is basically poor assimilation or difficulty in processing
    food in order to get the proper value from it. The use of aluminum-
    based digestive tablets sold on the market give only temporary relief and
    aluminum poisoning is a side-effect or after-effect. However, by eating
    nutritiously and supplementing our diets with a good quality herbal colon
    formula (not to mention stabilized probiotics), we can set ourselves on a
    much better path.

    One California doctor who advised his patient to restrain his desire
    for bowel movements at night and "save it till the next morning" so that
    "he might have a well-formed stool," had not the first conception of the
    normal function of the colon.

    That one bowel movement a day is normal and efficient evacuation of the
    bowels is another error which is universally entertained. One bowel
    movement a day is a positive indication of constipation. X-ray examinations
    of the colon after a test meal shown that in persons whose bowels move
    once a day the body wastes are usually retained for fifty hours or more.
    Hurst, of London, and not a few other authorities finding this condition
    almost universal have been led to regard it as normal. But in this they
    are certainly in error.

    X-ray examinations show that in eight hours from the beginning of a
    meal the process of digestion has been completed, the digested food has
    been absorbed, and the unusable residue has been pushed half way through
    the colon, in other words, is within two and a half feet of the lower
    opening of the colon. In eight hours the food has traveled more than
    twenty-five feet or ten times the distance which remains to be traveled.

    When the work of digestion is finished and the useful part of the food
    has been absorbed, there remains nothing to be done but to dispose of the
    indigestible and useless residue by pushing it along two or three feet
    further. Certainly no good reason can be assigned for the further retention
    of the waste matters. It is indeed highly absurd to suppose that forty
    hours are needed to transport the feces two and a half feet when they have
    already traveled twenty-five feet in eight hours.

    Dr. John Christopher, a naturopathic doctor, recommended moving the bowels
    at least three times a day or after each meal. Four movements daily is a
    still better rhythm and is easily established by a biologic regimen. When
    toxic waste matter is left to stagnate in the lower bowel tract, the system
    becomes polluted with poisonous gases which congest and irritate the surrounding
    organs, causing adhesions, and other ailments.

    The carmine capsule test shows that in most cases in which the bowels
    move once daily, the waste disposal function is always several days in

    The colon contains the waste and residues of several meals--anywhere
    from five to twenty or even more, so that there is ample opportunity
    for the putrefactive process to get well under way. The putrefaction
    is the source of the foul odor and gases which originate in the colon,
    and which are not only most offensive to the sense of smell, but as is
    well known, are also highly poisonous, and may give rise to nausea,
    "biliousness," loss of appetite, foul tongue, bad breath, dingy skin,
    headache, Bright's disease, and a host of other grave disorders.

    Meat also has become a culprit in the developement of constipation, as
    it encourages putrefaction of the colon both by introducing putrefactive
    organisms in great numbers and also by providing material which is best
    calculated to encourage the growth of putrefactive organisms in the colon.
    Through the putrefaction of undigested remnants of the meat eaten,
    ammonia and other alkaline substances are formed which paralyze the

    The infection of the bowel which results from meat-eating also gives
    rise to colitis and causes a spastic or contracted condition of the
    descending colon, a condition found in the most obstinate forms of

    Most persons who suffer from constipation also habitually drink too
    little water. Women drink less than men. It is difficult to account for
    this scanty use of a necessary of life, which costs little and is of
    such inestimable value to the body. The consequence of a scanty use of water
    is abnormal dryness of the feces, which delays their passage through the lower
    colon, and often causes an actual stoppage in the pelvic colon or the rectum.

    Persons who sweat much, either as the result of hot weather, vigorous
    exercise, or hot baths, are likely to suffer from constipation, unless
    special care is taken to supply the body with water sufficient to make
    good the loss. The skin ordinarily throws off as perspiration an ounce
    and a half of water each hour, or more than a quart in twenty-four hours.
    By active exercise or sweating baths this amount may be increased to thirty
    or forty ounces in an hour. The kidneys excrete two to three pints daily.
    It is evident, then, that care must be exercised to replace the water
    that is lost through the skin and kidneys.

    Of course, one may receive temporary relief of constipation by using
    an herbal laxative to clear the lower bowel tract, but only lower bowel
    tonics will get at the cause. With these quality tonics and stabilized
    probiotics, we feed the eliminative organs and allow them to work on
    their own and eventually eliminate the use of enemas, colonics and
    laxatives. The proper procedure is to build up the body, to cleanse
    it, and see that the bowels work freely.

    Editor of the semi-monthly e-zine named, "Your Electrical Body",
    Rita has studied with master herbalists and naturopaths alike.
    Endeavoring to follow the precepts of Dr. John Christopher, she has
    aided numerous folks to enhance their health. Check out her FREE
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