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When you understand the whole digestive process and learn about helpful tips to keep it healthy, you will be able to diagnose as well as treat your own digestive issues.

Having a healthy digestive system is imperative to good health; in fact, it is the foundation to good health. The digestive system consists of hormones, nerves, blood, and bacteria. They all work together to do an intricate job of digesting all the liquids and foods that are consumed daily. The digestive system also interacts with all the other systems of the body. There are digestive juices with enzymes in them that speed up all the chemical reactions in your body, breaking down the food you eat into nutrients.

Cells are to be found in the lining of your stomach and the small intestine which release and produce hormones. These stimulate your digestive juices and regulate the appetite. Nerves are also to be found by which the digestive system is controlled. These nerves connect digestive organs to the spinal cord and the brain, releasing chemicals that contract or relax your muscles. There are also nerves in the GI (or gastrointestinal) tract that get triggered when food is present, enabling the digestive system to function properly.

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