IntroductionThree entities sustain human life on this planet. They are air, water and food in that order. The food one eats has to be broken down to yield the much needed energy and the ingredients of nutrition like protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.
Apart from the digestion, assimilation and absorption, the digestive system has to do another important function i.e. elimination of wastes accumulated after completion of the process of digestion.
Digestive process is responsible for converting the food into energy and use/store it for various activities. At the same time it is also quite capable of building up toxins too. A English pioneer, Naturopath Harry Benjamin rightly says, that food in requisite amounts yield useful energy for basic life activities, growth and development. On the contrary organs and their cells cannot make use of nutrients when their concentration exceeds the said limit. This limit is termed as Biological Optimum. For example, most people consider it a healthy trait to eat sumptuously at every meal. In fact it is a wrong practice. On the other hand, leaving the table feeling that the stomach can take some more is the right kind of practice.
When a person lets whims get the better of him and takes that helping and knowing fully well that he does not need it, he is wantonly allowing accumulation of food. This excess food remains undigested and unutilized and slowly clogs the intestine, putrefies to produce acids, causing a steady agony of the intestinal musculature and leads to constipation. And this constipation is responsible for a great number of physiological derangement better known as disease.