YOU are your greatest asset, so protect it with good digestive health. Good digestion is essential to your overall well-being and quality of life. To get the maximum benefit from the foods you eat, your digestive system must break them down and then absorb the nutrients. Any malfunction of the digestive system affects the ability to perform these tasks efficiently.
Minor digestive disorders include indigestion and constipation. Life threatening emergencies include intestinal obstruction. Many disorders respond to improvements in your diet. Eat more fiber, whole grains, fruits, veggies; these relieve constipation. They also reduce the risk of diverticulitis, which is the inflammation of the abdominal pouch or sac opening from a hollow organ (intestine/bladder) to the anterior (liver and intestine).
Smokers have higher incidence of peptic ulcers, Crohns disease- a cancer of the esophagus, than non-smokers. Stress can bring on digestive tract symptoms and can worsen any digestive system disorders you may already have. The American Medical Association's Home Medical Library has facts and explanations of how to preserve this precious asset-Your digestive health; what good is money without your health? ("A Healthy Digestion," Reader's Digest Association, Medical Editor Charles B. Clayman, MD; James S. Todd, MD).