Why Cleanse The Small Intestine? What Does The Small Intestine Do?
The small intestine is the part of the gastrointestinal tract following the stomach, and is where much of the digestion and absorption of food takes place. When we ingest food it enters the stomach and begins the second phase of digestion.
The first stage of digestion is the chewing of foods to break it down into smaller pieces. The stomach releases proteases (protein digesting enzymes) and hydrochloric acid, which lowers to pH level of the contents of the stomach so the proteases can break down protein effectively, and it also kills and inhibits bacteria in the food.
The result of this digestive process of the stomach is called chyme, which has is still a partially digested food that is then passed unto the small intestine for further digestion.
The Small Intestine's Role in the Digestion of Food and Absorption of Nutrients
Once the food moves from the stomach to the small intestine, the hormone secretin causes the pancreas to release bicarbonate into the small intestine to protect it against acid coming from the stomach.
The pancreas also releases digestive enzymes into the small intestine to break down proteins and peptides into amino acids, carbohydrates into sugars, and fats into fatty acids and glycerol.
Once the food is broken down the nutrients are absorbed through the walls of the small intestine into the bloodstream, and are transported to the organs through the body.
Waste Buildup in Small Intestine
I have found some loosely supported theories suggesting that excessive intake of dairy products cause a buildup of mucus in the small intestine. The small intestine naturally produces mucus to line its walls to protect itself against acid entering from the stomach.
It is suggested that the small intestines produces extra mucus to protect itself against environmental pollutants entering the small intestine, and the large amounts of dairy we consume cause too much mucus in the small intestines. This buildup interferes with the absorption of nutrients from the small intestine into the bloodstream.
Cleaning the Small Intestine
Mullein is used as a herbal remedy to treat asthma, coughs, tuberculosis, and related respiratory problems.
It is used in cleaning the small intestine because it dissolves mucus. Bromelain is a digestive enzyme extracted from pineapples and papain is a digestive enzyme extracted from papayas.
The digestive enzymes are used to dissolve nutrients caught in the excessive mucus buildup in the small intestine. I do feel this process is working for me and that more nutrients are being absorbed in my bloodstream.
I am feeling the need to eat less, which I attribute to more nutrients being successfully absorbed into my bloodstream and to my organs. I don't need as much food to get the nutrients needed by my body. I have also removed dairy from my diet and I don't feel bloated anymore, my stomach has flattened, and my energy is through the roof.