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What is gut Motility?

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What is gut Motility?

Motility refers to spontaneous movement of material inside hollow organs.

Movement of material within the Human body is crucial to survival and this motility is achieved by contraction and relaxation of muscle fibres within hollow tubes and organs such as the Heart, Kidneys, Liver, Gall Bladder, Spleen, Pancreas, Bladder, the Ureters and the network of blood vessels that make up the circulatory system.

Gut motility describes the stretching and contraction of the muscles in the GI tract to enable food particles to be mixed, ground and propelled along the digestive tract while at the same time allowing the processing and absorption of the nutrients delivered by the digestive process.
This is achieved by controlling the speed at which the contents are propelled forward.

The movement of food through the muscular tube called the Gut is regulated by the co-operative actions of the central nervous system with a network of nerve cells within the muscles that make up the gastrointestinal tube.

This network of cells is called the Enteric Nervous System. This collection of nerves is capable of sensing the presence of food by detecting stretching or distention in the gut wall via receptors located in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. These receptors can sense mechanical distention (mechanoreceptors), Chemicals and Hormones (Chemoreceptor)

Dysfunction of gut motility due to dietary factors (which can be manipulated) and damage to the nervous input into the muscles is the cause of some GI tract conditions and it is essential to understand how this motility is controlled by the body.

The process of peristalsis is accomplished by a coordinated contraction and relaxation of the muscles that make up the tube of the gastrointestinal tract.
When muscle fibres surrounding the gut relax in front of a bolus of food and contract behind it, a propelling action is generated. This action propels food forward through the gut.

 

 

How to heal and prevent Bowel disorders

Diet is not about what you should NOT eat, it’s about what you should include in the diet that matters.
As long as your diet includes the correct balance of plant foods containing soluble fibre, insoluble fibre and resistant starch your colon will produce the perfectly formed stool. The important next step is to evacuate this stool without straining so that the body does not suffer from the pressures created each time the bowel is emptied.

In order to heal and prevent bowel disorders you need to make lifestyle changes that last the rest of your life time.

1. Include more fluids and plant food containing soluble fibre, insoluble fibre and resistant starch in the diet so that the perfectly formed stool will be made in the colon and beneficial bacteria will flourish and eliminate disease causing bacteria and fungi.

2. Evacuate the perfectly formed stool by adopting the squat posture to eliminate the need to strain during bowel movements.

It is not possible or safe to squat on the modern raised toilet seat installed in all western homes and it is impossible to squat for any length of time if you have not done this from childhood onwards. This makes the use of any raised platforms impossible to adapt to.

The SquattLooStool is designed to allow you to adopt the squat posture while seated comfortably on your raised toilet seat.
The single best and easiest lifestyle change you will ever make, leading to a healthier body.