What You Must Know About Your Digestive System

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Do you have problems with your stomach after eating, but you just figure that everyone must feel the same way? Do you chalk it up to eating certain foods or eating too much? You might need to know exactly how the digestive process works so you can decide if you have issues with your system that need to be addressed.

 

How Does the Digestive System Work?

When you eat something, the digestive process starts in your mouth. From there, it moves to the stomach after passing through your esophagus. The pancreas and liver also make their contributions before the small intestine absorbs all of the nutrients. Any waste goes through the colon and is passed out of your anus. Any problems with your digestion system can occur during any stages of this process.

 

Hidden Problems in the Digestive Process

Even though your food has a bit of traveling to go through before it is digested, there are four major ways it can run into problems.

  1. Food Allergies. Your immune system is supposed to protect you from foods that don’t agree with you. The problem is sometimes it gets confused and starts attacking the wrong foods. This could be because your gut lining has let some foods end up where they are not supposed to.
  2. Slow Bowel Transit. If your body takes too long to digest the food that you have eaten, it can cause problems. If it takes too long, it could even leave you constipated.
  3. Imbalance in Your Gut. Having an imbalance in the flora of your gut is called dysbiosis. There are good parts and bad parts to your gut flora. The problem occurs when the bad begins to outweigh the good.
  4. Not Enough Stomach Acid. If you don’t have enough acid in your stomach, it is called hypochlorhydria. You will have problems digesting your food if you don’t have enough acid in your stomach to break down the food. The result is any bacteria that is in your gut will be left to break it down.

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