Olive Oil for Digestion
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Olive Oil for Detoxification

Olive oil and the stomach

When olive oil reaches the stomach it does not reduce the tonus of the muscular ring or sphincter at the base of the oesophagus. Because of this, it reduces the risk of the flow or reflux of food and gastric juice up from the stomach to the oesophagus.

Olive oil also partially inhibits gastric motility. As a result, the gastric content of the stomach is released more slowly and gradually into the duodenum, giving a greater sensation of “fullness”, and favouring the digestion and absorption of nutrients in the intestine.

Olive oil and the hepato-biliary system (Liver, Gallbladder, Bile Ducts, and Bile)

One of the effects of olive oil on the hepato-biliary system is that it is a cholagogue, ensuring optimal bile drainage and full emptying of the gall bladder. Another effect is that it is cholecystokinetic, i.e. it stimulates the contraction of the gall bladder, which is extremely helpful in the treatment and prevention of disorders of the bile ducts. It stimulates the synthesis of bile salts in the liver and it increases the amount of cholesterol excreted by the liver.

In short, owing to its beneficial effect on the muscle tone and activity of the gall bladder, olive oil stimulates the digestion of lipids, because they are emulsified by the bile, and it prevents the onset of gallstones.

Olive oil and the pancreas

When consumed, olive oil produces a small amount of secretion by the pancreas, making this organ “work” little, but efficiently and enough to carry out all its digestive functions. Olive oil is recommended in diseases where pancreatic function has to be maintained, such as pancreas failure, chronic pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, malabsorption syndromes, etc.

Olive oil, constipation prevention and detoxification

The definition of constipation is when a person has fewer than three bowel movements per week or their bowel movements dry, hard, small, or difficult to pass. It is a common digestive problem that can affect people of all ages.  People have used olive oil for its nutritional, health, and other benefits for thousands of years. Researchers have linked its use to lower rates of heart disease, cholesterol, obesity, and many other conditions.   Olive oil also contains vitamin E, an important nutrient that helps prevent the production of free radicals and plays a role in supporting the immune system, among other functions.  Ingest 1 tbsp. olive oil 15 to 30 minutes before dinner each day. Olive oil will combat the bad fats in your system and aid in the passing of waste from the colon and liver. Repeat daily as long as you continue to see results; actual duration can vary depending on your body and other health steps you are taking.   The fats in olive oil can help smooth the insides of the bowel, making it easier for stools to pass. It can also help the stool hold in more water, keeping it softer.  People should not take more than one tablespoonful, however, as this can lead to diarrhea and cramps.


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