The human gastrointestinal tract, or GI tract, is an organ system responsible for consuming and digesting foodstuffs, absorbing nutrients, and expelling waste.
The GI tract consists of a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from the mouth to the anus. The hollow organs that make up the GI tract are the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and anus. Food enters the mouth, travels through the tract and passes to the anus through the hollow organs of the GI tract. During its journey through the GI tract, digestion occurs.
Bacteria in the GI tract, also called gut flora or microbiome, are responsible for healthy digestion. Parts of the nervous and circulatory systems also play roles in the digestive process. Together, a combination of nerves, hormones, bacteria, blood, and the organs of the digestive system completes the complex task of digesting the foods and liquids a person consumes each day, turning it into vital energy for the body to use to keep it alive.
Digestion is vital for breaking down food into nutrients, which the body uses for energy, growth, and cell repair. Food and drink must be changed into smaller molecules of nutrients before the blood absorbs them and carries them to cells throughout the body. The body breaks down nutrients from food and drink into carbohydrates, protein, fats, and vitamins.
Like all systems in the body, when the GI tract is out of balance or unhealthy, the body simply cannot function properly. When digestion is impaired, a person can feel intense fatigue and pain, and if it is prolonged it can lead to numerous health conditions.
One common imbalance of the GI tract is too much or too little stomach acid. This is caused by stress, disease or the imbalance of other systems. Schizandra was shown to reduce excessive acid, and to increase acid when there wasn’t enough because it’s adaptogenic qualities and it’s overall balancing affect on all of the bodies organs and systems. Having a neutralizing affect on the blood means it automatically brings balance where imbalance is present.