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Gastric Motility

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Gastric Motility
mixing, grinding and propulsion

Contractions of the smooth muscle that make up the wall of the stomach contribute towards three important functions:

1. Prepare the stomach to receive food.

2. Contract to mix and churn the food with gastric juices.

3. Contract to propel contents forward into the duodenum


Motility in the stomach is achieved by control of smooth muscle to achieve:

1. Peristaltic contraction that promotes the propulsion of food particles forward.

2. Contraction or relaxation of the circular smooth muscle of the sphincters to promote mixing, churning and digestion to take place and then allow passage toward the duodenum for further processing.

Movement of the three muscle layers of the stomach is effected by the autonomic nervous input from the vagus nerve and the greater splanchnic nerve.

The presence of a bolus of food in the oesophagus causes distention or stretching. This process causes two reflex actions

1. Opening of the lower oesophageal sphincter to allow food to enter the stomach

2. Relaxation of the stomach muscles in preparation to receive food.

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.