E-mail You feel hungry, your stomach is growling to be fed, and your mouth is already watering with the saliva that will begin the digestive process: Even before you take that first bite of food, your digestive system is working for you. “The purpose of the digestive system is to allow us to enjoy and absorb food , which contains the nutrients of life,” says Kenneth Koch, MD, professor of medicine in gastroenterology and medical director of the Digestive Health Center at Wake Forrest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. Digestive System in Action: How Foods Are Broken Down The foods you eat can only be used by your body after the entire digestive process takes place. They must first be dissolved and broken down into usable parts. This is done by digestive juices that contain digestive enzymes. Enzymes are proteins that speed up chemical reactions in the body. Heres how various foods aid your body: Carbohydrates.
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You need guts to be happy no matter what: The importance of a healthy digestive system for enhanced immunity
Recently there has been one more addition to the nervous system: The gut, also known as the enteric nervous system. It is ensconced inside sheaths of tissue found in the lining of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon. It is known to have an important function in regulating our emotions. Isn’t it obvious why symptoms from the two brains are often the source of confusion? How intestinal flora aid digestion and foods that help build them Cells in the human digestive system lack some of the enzymes needed to break down certain types of food.
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