YOU ARE NOT WHAT YOU EAT, YOU ARE WHAT YOU DIGEST

The many nutrients in your food can only help you if they are digested properly. The human digestive process breaks down foodstuffs into their constituent molecular parts for delivery to their ultimate destination: the cells. While the digestive process is efficient, decades of suboptimal digestion underlie many discomforts and the progression of long-term disease. One study revealed that 70% of American adults suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms resulting from maldigestion, malabsorption, or unhealthy bacteria in the digestive tract…. in addition to digestive illnesses.
While there are taste buds and olfactory sensors in the mouth and nose, after food leaves the mouth, the process is on autopilot. Adopting a healthy diet is the most important thing you can do to maintain and restore the delicate balance of your digestive processes. There are seven steps in the digestive process:
1 ) Digestion begins in the mouth, where chewing breaks down food into manageably small particles. Swallowing food before it’s been adequate broken down leads to inadequate digestion and absorption.
2) Food travels through the esophagus, where contractions send it to the stomach.
3) The gastric mucosal cells lining the stomach secrete gastric juice – mostly acidic -that dissolves food into nearly liquid form (chime). Gastric juices also contain digestive enzymes that begin to break down proteins into amino acids.
4) After about three hours in the stomach, the chime enters the small intestines. The small intestines has three regions: the duodenum, the jejunum, and the ileum.
Pancreatic enzymes break down proteins and fats. About 1/3 of all Americans lack adequate lactase, the enzyme needed to digest mil sugar. This causes lactose intolerance.
5) Most absorption takes place in the jejunum. Intestinal villas further the absorption process.
6) Remaining nutrients are digested by less-developed villa in the ileum.
7) Digestion is essentially complete by the time the chime passes from the small to the large intestine. The large intestine, also known as the colon or bowel, receives about a pint of chime a day from the ileum. The chime is moved by contractions similar to those in the small intestines. The main digestive process that occurs in the colon is the result of intestinal bacteria. The bacteria change the chime into a form that is suitable for elimination as feces.
The many nutrients in your food can only help you if they are digested properly. From eating to absorption, your food follows a long, intricate, and hazardous path. The human digestive process, which takes place throughout the alimentary canal—stretching from the mouth to the anus—acts like an elaborate inventory control system. It breaks down foodstuffs into their constituent molecular parts for delivery to their ultimate destination: your trillions of cells, where they are reassembled into the little machines and energy sources that animate your life.

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