Day 2: The Digestive System of Radiant Detox

Welcome to Day 2: The Digestive System of Radiant Detox.

"The surface area of the digestive mucosae, measuring up and down and around all folds, rugae, villi, and microvilli, is about the size of a doubles tennis court."
- Sydney Baker, M.D.

Menu Day 2

Upon Waking: 8 oz warm water with juice of 1 lemon, bit of grated ginger, turmeric and local honey. Wait 1/2 hour before putting anything in your stomach.

Breakfast: Emerald Smoothie

Lunch: Lettuce Wraps

Dinner: Mexican Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with black beans, red peppers, onion and garlic saute topped with organic, store-bought mango salsa. Carnivore/paleo option add ground turkey, chicken or meat of your choice.

Movement and Exercise: 

Exercise on the digestive system 

Exercise stimulates the stomach to secrete more digestive juices (which increase your metabolic rate so you can break down foods faster and then have a healthier digestive system). When exercising you are strengthening your muscles which then make it easier to pass food through your body. Exercise prevents health issues such as gallstones and constipation.  How does lack of exercise impact the digestive system? It reduces blood flow to digestive organs and causes food to remain in your digestive system for an extended period of time. This can lead to health issues such as constipation and gallstones, stomach pain, bloating and gas. 

The digestive system is important because it helps digest food (give body necessary nutrients). If the body did not digest food, the cells in our body would not be able to survive because they are not getting the nutrients it needs. If the body did not digest food, food would build up and never come out.

Anaerobic Exercises Impact the Digestive System. When you are working your abdominal area you are giving your intestinal muscles a workout, which gets things in your body moving. By conducting anaerobic exercise you are strengthening muscles which make it easier to contract and pass food through the body. 

Short term effects of exercise on the digestive system 

Exercising increases heart rate rapidly which provides muscles with energy to contract organs to pass food through the body.

Examples of Anaerobic Exercises

  1. Pushups

  2. Sprints

  3. Crunches

  4. Sit-ups

  5. Weight lifting 

Aerobic Exercises impact the Digestive System

Increases heart rate and breathing which increases the speed of contractions of intestinal muscles.

Aerobic exercise reduces intestinal sluggishness by stimulating muscles to push digestive waste through your body.

Examples of Aerobic Exercises

  1. Running

  2. Walking

  3. Cycling

  4. Yoga

  5. Tai chi 

Yoga Pose excellent for the Digestive System 

Wind Relieving Pose – this pose compresses the ascending colon to the right side and descending colon to the left stimulating the nerves to aid elimination. First, hug your right knee in towards the right side of your rib cage keep pressing your straight left leg into the earth as you class your hands around your right shin to pull it closer to the floor. Hold for 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat on the other side.

Affirmations

I am present when I eat and slowly savor every bite.
I send relaxing energy to my stomach.
I can soothe my stomach by taking the time to relax and unwind. When my mind is at peace, my stomach is at peace.