Most of us have some general sense of how digestion works. We consume food, and our internal organs break it down. But because most people don't have an in-depth understanding of the digestive process, several myths have become popular. In this article, we're going to debunk the myth that digestion happens in the stomach.
Our digestive tract is a complex system with many components that interact with each other and the rest of our body. It’s also very adaptable to what we consume, and doesn’t need specific food combinations or “cleanses” to keep working at its best. Here is a myth about digestion, debunked by Dr. Bhatti.
How Digestion Works
When you eat food it passes through a series of organs on its way through the body - the stomach is only one of those stops. Here is a quick breakdown of how it works:
- The Mouth. When food enters the mouth, tastes and smells alert the rest of the digestive system that food is on its way.
- The Esophagus. Once you swallow, the food slides down the esophagus, which brings everything to the stomach.
- The Stomach. The stomach drenches the food in an acid wash. This helps to kill microbes and partially unravel proteins.
- The Small Intestine. This is where most of the digestive action happens. Enzymes breaks down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates into their components. Then, they are transported throughout the body where needed.
- The Large Intestine. In the large intestine,, trillions of microbes devour what we couldn’t—mainly fiber and other “prebiotic” carbohydrates.
So that's the digestive process in a nutshell. If you have any questions about the digestive system or how it works, contact Dr. Bhatti today!