Digestive System Insight
Digestive System is a set of multiple organs that work synergistically in order to perform vital functions for our body. This fascinating “machinery” transforms food we eat into small particles that our bodies use as fuel, to rebuild and to initiate multiple chemical reactions which promote life. Isn’t that brilliant?
The whole digestive process is very complicated and involves thousands of simultaneous reactions, but let me guide you though this process and simplifying it for you.
How Digestive System Works?
The Digestive process begins with your anticipation. The more you think about food and visualise or smell it, the more chemicals are activated in your body signalling that soon the digestive process will begin. These chemicals start sending messages to the digestive organs to prepare them for food. Salivary glands are next to activate the digestive process, by increasing the saliva production.
Saliva has key enzymes that are responsible for carbohydrate and fat digestion. Before swallowing your food should be chewed until moist as this facilitate further digestive processes.
Next the food goes through the oesophagus and reaches the stomach.
In the stomach the food stays anytime between 1h and 4h, depending on the meal size and its composition. Stomach juices or Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) break down the food and acts as an anitiparasite barrier. The HCL acid concentration is crucial for proper digestion and nutrients activations, one of the most important is B12 absorption.
While the food is in the stomach your gall bladder collects and stores bile, which will aid digestion, absorption of fats and fat soluble vitamins. When the food reaches the small intestine the gall bladder and pancreas secrete enzymes and other cofactors to further break down the food and neutralise acidity.
Then the food reaches the large intestines where most of your gut bacteria lives. The food is further processed by your bacteria and the fat soluble compounds and water is absorbed. The digestive process terminate here, in the large intestine.
Interesting facts about Digestive System:
- Contains 500 million neurons.
- Only 5% of what we eat is absorbed & used.
- Gut bacteria might guide workings of our mind.
- Up to 80% of the immune system lives in the gut.
- The gut is the largest endocrine gland in the body.
- Digestion in the stomach requires at least 1.5 – 4h.
- Produces 50% of Dopamine and 95% of Serotonin.
- Each adult has approximately 2- 4kg of bacteria in the gut.
- The food we eat determines the dominance of gut bacteria.
- Your digestive tract is approximately 10m long and a prolonged lack of dietary fibre, good peristalsis and good gut bacteria, can lead to one storing up to 2kg of undigested food which adheres to the colon lining
- Colorectal cancer was the 4th most common in the UK for 2015.
Often our lifestyle choices and habits affect the functionality of the GIT (Gastro Intestinal Tract), which leads to all sorts of disease such as thyroid issues, adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances, autoimmune conditions, chronic fatigues, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, anxiety, depression, skin issues and cancer.…
By optimising the digestive system’s performance through diet, healthier habits and lifestyle you can greatly improve your health, energy and overall wellbeing. Join us on the Digestive Wellness program and get all you need to obtain your desired health results!