the digestive system

The Digestive System & How It Works

     The organs of the digestive system promote the process of changing food substances into forms that can be absorbed through cell membranes. This system consists of an alimentary canal that extends from the mouth to the anus, and several accessory organs that release secretions into the canal. The alimentary canal includes the mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and large intestine; while the accessory organs include the salivary glands, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.


Major Organs of the Digestive System 

     When the stomach receives food the mixing movements of the stomach wall aid in producing a semifluid paste of food particles and gastric juice called chyme. The stomach carries on a limited amount of absorption and moves food into the small intestine.

     The small intestine receives digestive secretions from the pancreas and the liver. This action completes a large amount of the digestion of nutrients, absorbs the products of digestion, and transports the wet, paste like residue to the large intestine, where the reabsorption of water forms the chyme into feces and is stored until defecation is stimulated by a defecation reflex.


     Throughout its length the inner wall of the small intestine and the first part of the large intestine has innumerable tiny finger like projections of mucus membrane called intestinal villi. These structures project into the passageway of the intestine where they come in contact with intestinal contents (chyme). Along the surface of each villus projection are many fine extentions called micro-villi, that create a brushlike border, giving the intestine a velvety appearance.



     The villi and micro-villi greatly increase the surface area of the intestinal lining, enhancing the process of absorption of digestive products. However, due to our over processed, highly refined diets and low fiber, the important villi are often inactive, flattened down, coated with a thick covering of toxic mucus that can greatly interfere with our ability to absorb and assimilate our nutrients, leading to intestinal disturbances and degenerative diseases.

     Healthy villus are sturdy projections, lively and available to fully absorb and complete digestion. At Genesis the client is educated on how to remove accumulated plaque through natural methods.

The Colon

     The large intestine a hollow organ, about 5 feet long and begins in the lower right side of the abdominal cavity, where ileum position of the small intestine joins the cecum, From there the large intestine travels upward on the right side,  (ascending colon) where the final process of digestion takes place, then crosses obliqualy to the left (transverse colon), and descends into the pelvis (descending colon). At its distal end it passes through the rectum and to the outside of the body at the anus. Its main function is  to reabsorb water and electrolytes from the remaining chyme, and to form and store fecal matter until defecation occurs the process of peristaltic muscle movement.


     The liver is the body’s main detoxifier. Periodic liver cleansing can be intrinsic in maintaining emotional stability, longevity, and optimal health.

     At Genesis you will learn about the proper order of cleansing the liver and the other organs. The pathways of elimination must be functioning normally to avoid serious complications. Two conditions should be taking into account while considering a liver cleanse. (1). It is imperative to understand the efficiency of your glandular output and, (2). The importance of first stabilizing certain health imbalances to assure that your body is up to the task. If imbalances are not corrected, healing may only be temporary. Detoxification illness is not uncommon, causing free radical damage along with its ramifications if these factors are ignored.



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