20 Facts about Digestion


1. Your digestive tract is a 9-foot pipe, which begins in the mouth and ends at the anus.

2. In the small intestine as folds down to the microscopic, the total area of ??the surface of 250 square meters. This is enough to cover a tennis court.

3. Digestion begins before you’ve eaten something. The sight and smell of food triggers the production of saliva and digestive juices. As soon as the first piece of gets you in the mouth, all the digestive system are beginning to work.

4. The Roman physician Galen believed stomach animate being within us, which is “able to feel the emptiness that drives us to look for food.”

5. We need about 72 hours to digest dinner. First digested carbohydrates, such as different cakes and pastries. Then the turn dry overcooked protein (grilled chicken), and will take the longest fats, including sauces and whipped cream cake.

6. The average person eats about 500 kg of food per year.

7. Roth has a neutralizing function. He either cools or heats the food to a temperature that is acceptable to the rest of the digestive tract.

8. Every day we produce about 1.7 liters of saliva. Saliva regulated autonomic nervous system, which means that the process is automatic. That’s why we saliva is produced with only one form, smell or thought of food.

9. The muscles of the digestive organs are reduced wave motion a process called peristalsis. It is this food into the stomach of man, even if he is standing on his head.

10. In the huge capacity of the stomach. The average adult stomach can handle about 1 liter of food.

11. To digest food also needs calories, which is between 5 and 15 percent of our energy consumption. Most of the energy required for the digestion of proteins, and alcohol.

12. Pikatsizm or pica – a violation of the power, in which a person develops the need to have a non-edible items such as paint, chalk and dirt. It appears in 30 percent of children, and the reason it is not known. There are suggestions that all guilty of some mineral deficiency.

13. The main digestive juice – hydrochloric acid, which can dissolve the metal, but plastic toys, pencils, hair coming out at the other end of the digestive tract virtually unchanged.

14. What will happen if swallowed gum? There is a myth that gum stays in the stomach seven years before it can be digested. This is not true. Our body does not digest gum, but it will come out with a chair relatively unchanged. In very rare cases, a large amount of gum and constipation can lead to blockage of the intestine.

15. Most of the hormone serotonin – the main hormone mood – is not in the head, in the stomach.

16. Pancreatitis your body begins to literally eat you up inside. Pain that arises here is the fact that the enzymes digesting fat leaking from pancreatic duct to other tissues, which actually eats you.

17. Water, enzymes, basic salts, mucus and bile produce about 7.5 liters of fluid, which gets us into the colon. Only about 6 tablespoons of this mixture all comes out.

18. The liver is the laboratory of the body. It performs over 500 different functions, including the storage of nutrients, filtering and processing of chemicals in food, the production of bile and many others.

19. The loudest burp, which was recorded, was 107.1 decibels, which is comparable to the volume of chainsaw. Its owner was a Briton Paul Hahn who demonstrated their skills on television.

20. Flatulence or intestinal gas is a mixture of swallowed air, the gas produced by the reaction in the stomach and the gas generated by bacteria in the digestive tract. This mixture is composed of nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen.