How Your Digestive System Works

In order to fix something, we have to understand how it functions – imagine trying to fix a car engine without having a clue how it’s supposed to work!

But has anyone ever taught you how your digestive system is supposed to work? No? Well, me neither.

It took a major health challenge for me to go deeper and figure out why I didn’t feel well, and I want to share this information with you

Once you understand how your digestive system is supposed to work, it’s really easy to realise what goes wrong.

Once you know what goes wrong, and why, it’s really easy to take charge of your body, conquer your symptoms, and get back to a bright, healthy and happy life!

Let’s take a look at how your digestion is supposed to work… enjoy the video!

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Here’s the digestive process in a few bullet points, and I want you to note that problems can develop at ANY step of the process!

  • Brain – cephalic response triggers and revs up the digestive process, increasing saliva, stomach acid and general digestive activity.
  • Mouth – chewing mixes food with saliva, and enzymes begin breaking down your food as you chew; saliva also contains immune soldiers, while chewing stimulates your immune system.
  • Esophagus – after you’ve swallowed, food is squeezed down your esophagus (food pipe) by muscle contractions called peristalsis.
  • At the bottom of your esophagus, there’s a ring of muscle like your bum hole, called the lower esophageal sphincter, which opens to let food into your stomach, and closes to prevent feedback.
  • Your stomach churns your food with muscle contractions; special cells produce hydrochloric acid (HCL), intrinsic factor, pepsinogen, mucus and hormones.
  • Mucus protects your delicate stomach lining from powerful stomach acid.
  • Stomach acid activates pepsinogen into pepsin, which is an enzyme that breaks down your dietary protein.
  • Stomach acid also acts as a fiery barrier against bad microbes that are seeking to get into your intestine and set up home there.
  • Intrinsic factor is needed for you to absorb vitamin B12 in your intestine.
  • Cells at the bottom of your stomach produce hormones that send important messages to your pancreas and gallbladder
  • Right at the bottom of your stomach, you have another bum hole type structure called the pyloric sphincter, which opens and closes to allow food into your small intestine.
  • Soon after the pyloric sphincter, there is a junction where tubes from your pancreas and gallbladder join with your small intestine, enabling pancreatic and gallbladder juices to flow into the intestine.
  • Your pancreas makes lots of digestive enzymes to help digest protein, fat and carbohydrate; it squirts them into your intestine when food enters from your stomach.
  • Your pancreas also squirts bicarbonate into your intestine to neutralise the acid mixture coming from your stomach – this helps the enzymes work more efficiently.