What is a Digestion?
A healthy digestive system not only keeps us physically healthier, it also helps improve our emotional and mental health.
We often hear about the benefits of healthy digestion, but understanding how digestion works within your body is an important step in realising the importance of healthy digestion. To explain, digestion is a complicated process that requires many of our organs to work in conjunction with each other. You may think it’s only in the gut, however it also includes the mouth salivating, the oesophagus muscles contracting and the gallbladder releasing bile. If one of these functions is not working correctly, the whole process of digestion can be disrupted.
According to the Australian Gut Foundation, over half of Australia’s population experience some form ofdigestive issue – that’s over 12 million people. These issues range from general bloating and gas, to reflux and heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis, gastric ulcers, and haemorrhoids, but can also include serious issues.
Poor eating habits such as the consumption of processed, unhealthy foods, indulging in alcohol, tobacco use, along with emotional states of being, are said to be contributing factors in the rise of digestive issues.
With more people moving away from pharmaceutical medications that only slightly help these digestive issues and offer countless side effects, more studies are being conducted on natural alternatives.
Can Turmeric Aid Digestion?
Several studies have been conducted to assess the effectiveness of Turmeric in alleviating digestive issues with extremely positive results. Turmeric has been shown to support the gastro-intestinal system, helping the stomach withstand digestive acids by increasing the gastric wall mucus as well as increasing absorption within the intestine and promoting intestinal flora.
Studies have also revealed that Turmeric aids in colon function by encouraging the production of good bacteria, minimising bad bacteria and improving the intestines ability to absorb beneficial nutrients. Turmeric has even been seen to reduce the relapse rate in people who suffer from ulcerative colitis.
Due to the anti-inflammatory properties found in Turmeric, it can reduce inflammation within sufferers of IBS as well as decreasing abnormal muscle movements and alleviating pain associated with bloating and gas.
The combination of anti-inflammatory compounds, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in Turmeric have all shown to help acid production, muscle movement, and nutrient absorption within the body, to keep each stage of the digestive process working as it should.
Please note: This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Results may vary from individual to individual.