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Digestion I

By February 6, 2023No Comments

This is a story of your groceries and their journey from your lips to their destiny.

Let’s pretend you are in school learning about how the human body works, and you have been given the assignment to learn about how the body works. You can shrink yourself way down so small you can go inside a body and look around.  There will be a test and so you have to take careful notes and understand each stop and describe what you have seen.

This is going to be a series telling of your journey just as you would on a cruise, describing in detail what you see happening along your internal ride. happy

What is the digestive system?

Imagine a garden hose, twisting and convoluted, starting at the top in the lips and mouth, its entire 30 foot length twisting and convoluted around inside and through the body and exiting at the end at the bottom.  On the way through, it is in communication with various other organs, each doing something necessary to keep the body happy and dancing. .  You may say, “Holy Moley, what does this thing do?”

Well, that is what this series is about. What does this garden hose do? It is called the “digestive tract.”

Let’s take a look at this “tract.”

The digestive system is made up of the digestive tract and other organs that help the body break down and absorb food.  The digestive system breaks down food into nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. They can then be absorbed into the bloodstream so the body can use them for energy, growth, and repair. Unused materials are discarded as feces. There are other organs that form part of the digestive system.

What are these other organs and what do they do?

I am not going into detail as to the role each organ plays in this writing, but will just mention them in pass to give a general overview and return in a later blog to describe them and the vital functions they perform in this miracle of a living organism – the human body. Each organ of the digestive system has an important role in digestion.

What are these organs?

Now I will only mention these vital organs in passing and will return and describe in detail what happens in each of these organs as food enters and is processed.

  • Mouth, tongue
  • Esophagus
  • Stomach
  • Small Intestine
  • Large Intestine and Anus

Result of this analysis

When you are through reading this short series you will know precisely how the food you put in your mouth is digested, i.e., rendered into particles of energy as a basic result of this process. But you will learn much more – from how to chew your food to get the most benefit from it, what foods are hard to digest or even won’t digest at all, and what a struggle the body has dealing with some of the foods you put into it.

You will be amazed at how resilient and powerful the human body is and how it can reward or punish you depending on your treatment of it, particularly in the food you put in it.  Perhaps you will learn how to optimize the way you feel, your health, your weight, and your longevity by knowing these simple facts. I wish you well, and that you take this knowledge and have a better, healthier, and happier life, knowing these fundamental facts about yourself.


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