After munching on those finger-lickingFrench fries and juicy fried chicken, have you ever wondered how these foodsare being digested in our stomach?
What processes are involved and how is thedigestion controlled and manipulated by these organs in the digestive tract?
Now, before taking in that smoking hot steak and chomping the delicious feast,indulge yourself first with this handful of information and be stunned with howthe digestion process goes!
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Food digestion first starts in the mouth,where our teeth breaks down the food into smaller bites and mixes it with salivato transform it into a form our body can absorb and use as a source ofenergy.
After that, smaller pieces offood pass down our throat. It travels into a slendertube called an esophagus, which acts as a bridge connecting your mouth and thestomach chamber. In this zone, peristalsis occurs, i.e. a series of musclecontractions preventing the backward flow of food, therefore pushing it to thestomach for further metabolism.
Food then enters the stomach, asac-like chamber which mixes and grinds the food further. With the excretion ofpowerful acids and enzymes, the continuous process of breaking down food into a liquid consistency.
Food then enters into the smallintestines, a long coiled tube which is responsible for the incessantmetabolism process. These include releasing of bile fluid from the liver and aiding the digestionand storage of fat and removal of waste products from the blood. It is here that the body absorbs nutrients from the food, via the bloodstream.Among the stomach and the small intestines are these organs which play seriesof vital role:
Have Happy Digestion!
Excessive food intake and improper dietresults to irritable bowel movement and stomach upset and distress. There are many ways of maintaining a healthy digestion. As always, we should lots ofeat fruits and vegetables, lean meat and fish for protein.
Avoid excessiveconsumption of alcoholic beverages, caffeine drinks and saturated foods.
Eatless sodium-rich food and watch the sugar content. Drink lots ofwater to aid the peristalsis movement.
Another way is also taking probiotics, whichhelp in the homeostatic balance of bacteria present in the digestive tract.Probiotics helps in the growth of helpful bacteria such as bifidobacteria andlactobacilli, which assists in the digestive process and the body's absorption of food and nutrients.
Have a happy digestion!