As we eat, our body receives, digests and absorbs the macromolecules from food. These macromolecules in food — carbohydrates, lipids, proteins — are converted into energy for our bodies to use for growth, repair or to move. Each is absorbed at different rates while traveling through the digestive system.
While food is a necessary part of living, vital to maintaining homeostasis and all of the body’s internal functions, it’s the quality and the quantity of our diet that balances homeostasis. The excess sugar, fat and sodium in the typical North American diet can throw off the body’s homeostasis and possibly cause health issues for our organs, brains and heart.
"When you take time to experience your food through all your senses; taste (flavor), smell (aroma), sight (presentation) sound (of surroundings), and touch (movement of utensils and the feel of the food)," they suggest, "you are likely to be truly nourished."
Everyone experiences digestive problems now and then, and they’re nobody’s idea of a good time.
A combination of improved scientific understanding and the once-taboo topic now being open for discussion are the first steps to alleviating gastrointestinal problems for hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
So a typical helping of yogurt will have a few billion bacteria. Now, of course that's a large number. But consider for a moment the fact that our human guts are home to tens and tens of trillions of microbes, largely bacteria. So, really, it's a small fraction of the population.
Our body has designated locations to digest food chemistry. Starch is digested in the mouth. Protein is degraded in the stomach. Fats (lipids) and sugars are transformed in the small intestines, allowing our digestive system to nourish our body with essence nutrients. The small intestine’s job is to separate waste from nutrients and transform nutrients into nourishing chemicals that infuse into our blood for health, wellness and longevity.
Digestion involves the mixing of food, its movement through the digestive tract, and the chemical breakdown of the large molecules of food into smaller molecules. Digestion begins in the mouth, when we chew and swallow, and is completed in the small intestine. The chemical process varies somewhat for different kinds of food.
Dr. Joe believes that the majority of his patients have digestive problems, partly due to not fully understanding what happens when they eat. Once you know better, you do better (Maya Angelou said that).
The inside of the stomach is full of acid to mash up your meals — but there are intricate forces at play to make sure that when stomach acid is done with your dinner, it doesn’t move on to eating your gut itself.
The digestive system is made up of the gastrointestinal tract—also called the GI tract or digestive tract—and the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.
The body is like a machine that needs food to maintain its balance.