THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

Throughout the next few weeks I will be focusing on the functions of the digestive system entire.

Thorough digestion of the food we eat is imperative to good health, all the cells of the body require nutrients to be able to function and remain alive; considering the minute size of the cells, we need our food to be broken down to micro-size nutrients.

Stage one of this digestive process occurs in the mouth as the teeth grind and mulch food into small enough particles to enable them to be entirely covered with an enzyme called salivary amylase, which initiates the digestion of carbohydrates.  This action continues in the stomach until the acid medium inactivates salivary amylase.  Regulation of the release of salivary amylase is instigated by excitation of the senses of taste, sight or smell by food.  At the same time certain glands in the mouth secrete mucus to enable ease of swallowing and movement of the food down the oesophagus.

Considering that the appearance of food stimulates the secretion of these digestive juices, it is desirable to always present food in a manner appealing to the eye.

Improve your digestion by eating meals more slowly, by chewing each mouthful twenty times; we are creatures of habit, within a week you will probably be doing this automatically.

Those people who are trying to lose weight will satiate their appetite in this way, the brain doesn’t register fullness of the stomach until twenty minutes after commencing a meal, so make your meals last longer and be effectively nourished as you chew each mouthful thoroughly.

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