Nutrient Absorption or Protein Utilisation?
The clever people say that you are what you eat, but the wise say that you are what you absorb (read that again – please).
Are you preparing your gut lining for absorption, making sure your gut lining is healthy and has no interruptions (leaky gut) ?
Do you trust your gut? Do you even know the condition your gut is in? Right now, more than ever before, it’s important to look after your gut, as 70% of your immunity starts in your gut. The first level of defense your body has, is in the mouth (mucosa layers of the nose and mouth) where antibodies are found in your saliva (IgG and IgA).
Just as the skin protects the body on the outside, the gut lining protects the body on the inside. It is in the gut where the contact between the outside world and your body continues, and the body needs to work with the good Nutrients found in our food to provide energy for the body, and destroy that which is harmful (i.e. bacteria and viruses that cause dis-ease).
Let’s take a closer look at the different parts of the gut:
The word “gut” is used to describe the group of organs that consist of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, small intestine, colon, and rectum. And remember that bacteria (good and bad) live in various sections of our gut. They are called our microbiota or microbiome and consist of various bacteria, fungi and viruses that live inside of us. Some have a positive function, others contribute to our well being, and some are harmful and cause dis-ease.
The gut is a nine meter long tube-like pathway that winds down and around the central section of the human body and is regarded as a giant food processor. The function of our digestive system is to promote the process of converting food substances into fuel for the body and to get rid of waste. Food comes in at the top (mouth) and is broken down into smaller pieces by our teeth by chewing our food, and digestive enzymes in our saliva begins the digestive process. As we swallow the bolus (food ball) moves through the esophagus (1) and enters the stomach (2) where it mixes with gastric juices.
Contractions of the stomach muscles further aids digestion while enzymes break down most of the protein and acid kills off the majority of the bad bacteria. This is why Ph is super important. From the stomach the chyme (soft liquid food) passes into the small intestine (3) which accounts for approximately two thirds of the 9m GI tract. The small intestine is made up of three sections: duodenum, a C-shaped tube that curls around the pancreas, the jejenum and ileum are coiled in the center of the abdomen.
In the next section we will learn what this has to do with NUCLEOTIDES….remember that word, as Nucleotides are one of the most important Nutrients needed by the body, especially the Gut!
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