Your Digestive System and IBS
Your digestive system is a delicately
balanced mechanism. IBS usually flares up because this
delicate balance is put out of sync. Knowing how your digestive
system works, as well as determining the different
characteristics related to your digestive system and IBS will
allow you to know what a good functioning digestive system
The digestive system is used to mix food
and enzymes so that the nutrients can be used. Food
will move through your digestive system through muscular
contractions to move the food downwards. As the food
moves through your digestive system, the muscles help mix the
contents thus enabling digestion. This includes movements
through the esophagus, stomach and intestine.
The digestive system has several functions that need to
occur for the proper transportation of different types of
foods. The first part of this is production of digestive
juices. These are usually produced in each area of the system,
allowing the food to be properly broken down and moved through
The next process the digestive system takes care of is
making sure that nutrients are properly divided, dissolved or
absorbed. This usually takes place in the upper intestine.
Proteins are broken down in the digestive system. These will
need to be digested by enzymes then can be used to produce and
help with tissues. These then move into the blood and provide
different sources throughout the system.
If you have IBS, this may be part of the problem that is
causing your digestive system to react. If you don't have
enough enzymes to break down the proteins, then it will cause
them to move into the wrong area, which then tenses the
muscles. This, however, may not be the only source for your
Another major breakdown that the digestive system includes
is a breakdown of carbohydrates. The digestive system will then
transport or store these in different areas. Sugars and
starches are usually part of this process.
If you have IBS, this is usually the
part of the digestive system that is failing. This is why many
suffers think that cutting down on sugars and starches will
Starches, fats, and proteins are not absorbable until split
into smaller molecules by the process of digestion. Each enzyme
acts in an acid or alkaline or neutral juice according to where
it is working in the digestive system.
The chemical actions are helped by the churning wavelike
motions of the stomach walls. When the food is
sufficiently broken down it moves in small batches into the
small intestine for further processing. At this point the mass
called chyme is acidic and turns alkaline in the intestine.
The sensitivity of your digestive system may be what is
causing IBS. It is possible that as the food moves from stage
to stage it is not processed properly or in the right acid or
Knowing the different functions and areas of the digestive
system, as well as knowing what the problems may be in relation
to this, can help you determine why you are getting IBS and
what is happening with your digestive system.
Knowing how your body should be working is one way to help
find out how to get back to your normal digestive functions.
The food we put in our mouth determines the enzymes released to
process that food. The more combinations you eat, the larger
the number of enzymes that must be used to break those
combination down into usable nutrients.
The first step in proper digestion is to thoroughly chew
your food. Gulping down food in large chunks is terribly
hard on your stomach and can easily lead to acid reflux and