Digestive Health

Small Intestine

The small intestine is an extremely vital organ in your gastrointestinal system. Along with the stomach, it is the major organ involved in the process of digestion. A large variety of nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, fats, and many vitamins and minerals are absorbed by your small intestine. If your small intestine were to stop functioning properly, you would rapidly become malnourished.

Measuring over 6 meters in length, the small intestine stretches from your stomach to the beginning of your large intestine. Despite its great length, the surface area of the small intestine is not sufficient to absorb all of the nutrients your body needs. Therefore, the structure of the small intestine contains millions of microscopic folds which act to increase the surface area. These folds increase the available surface area to absorb food and water.

The inner surface of the small intestine contains numerous finger-like projections, known as villi. There are blood capillaries and special lymph capillaries, called lacteals in the center of each villi. The blood capillaries absorb most nutrients, but the fats and fat-soluble vitamins are absorbed by the lacteals. This mixture of lymph and nutrients, is carried by the lacteals to lymph vessels in the intestinal wall. It is then collected into the larger vessels and is carried to the cisterna chyli.  In the small intestine, there is also an abundance of lymphatic tissue in order to filter out pathogens that might be brought into the body through eating and drinking.  One type of lymph nodule grouping located in the small intestine is called Peyer’s patches.  In the small intestine, the Peyer’s patches work to remove pathogens that are invading the body through the digestive system.

Large Intestine

After passing through the small intestine, ’food’ passes into the large intestine. By the time food reaches the large intestine, the work of absorbing nutrients is nearly finished. The large intestine’s main function is to remove water from the undigested matter and form solid waste that can be excreted. Many microbes (bacteria like Bacteroides, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Escherichia coli, and Klebsiella) in the large intestine aid in the digestion process.

 

During the past century our lifestyle has changed dramatically regarding hygienic measures, diet, standards of living and usage of medical drugs.  Our diet is largely comprised of industrially produced sterilized food and the use of different kinds of preservatives.  The widespread use of antibiotics in healthcare and agriculture, antibacterial substances in toothpaste, deodorant, food etc. have an effect on the human body.  Constipation is a common complaint along with other conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s etc

Lymphatic Enhancement Therapy

LET (lymphatic drainage) assists the client by improving the function of both the small intestine and large intestine by encouraging the removal of toxicity.  Along with the therapy the LET practitioner will educate the client in dietary advice and self care that can allow the client to maintain a healthy bowel function.  This therapy is a fantastic adjunct to any detoxification regime.