Quantcast
Customize Consent Preferences

We use cookies to help you navigate efficiently and perform certain functions. You will find detailed information about all cookies under each consent category below.

The cookies that are categorized as "Necessary" are stored on your browser as they are essential for enabling the basic functionalities of the site. ... 

Always Active

Necessary cookies are required to enable the basic features of this site, such as providing secure log-in or adjusting your consent preferences. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable data.

Functional cookies help perform certain functionalities like sharing the content of the website on social media platforms, collecting feedback, and other third-party features.

Analytical cookies are used to understand how visitors interact with the website. These cookies help provide information on metrics such as the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc.

Performance cookies are used to understand and analyze the key performance indexes of the website which helps in delivering a better user experience for the visitors.

Advertisement cookies are used to provide visitors with customized advertisements based on the pages you visited previously and to analyze the effectiveness of the ad campaigns.

Other uncategorized cookies are those that are being analyzed and have not been classified into a category as yet.

design design

From Bite to Bathroom: The Digestive Roadmap

Liam
11/11/11
5 min read

Dive into under the surface into the complex and fascinating world residing within us – our gut.

This internal ecosystem is far from boring; it's a vibrant city bustling with activity, where enzymes, bacteria, and microorganisms orchestrate the crucial task of breaking down food.

This process is essential not only for nourishing our bodies but also for powering our day-to-day functions with energy.

Embark on this voyage to decode the workings of our digestive system and its profound influence on our overall well-being.

Digestion Demystified: A Step-By-Step Breakdown

Step 1: The Mouth - Where the Feast Begins


Our digestive odyssey begins in the mouth, the first battleground of digestion. Here, the teeth and saliva collaborate to initiate the breakdown of food. The act of chewing is not just a preliminary step; it's a critical one. It mechanically fragments the food while enzymes in the saliva chemically dismantle it further, setting the stage for the subsequent phases.

That's why its important to chew all your thoroughly, even if its soft.

Step 2: The Esophagus - The Conduit to Complexity


Post-chew, the food embarks on a downward journey through the esophagus. This muscular tube serves as the vital link between the mouth and stomach, equipped with valves to ensure a one-way trip, preventing any unwanted return journeys.

Step 3: The Stomach - A Chemical Meltdown


Entering the stomach signals the start of an intense breakdown process. Hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes go to work, disintegrating fats, proteins, and carbohydrates in a potent mix that could even corrode metals.

Once this breakdown of the food has taken place, the stomach slowly begins to empty the broken-down food into the small intestines at a regulated pace.

This is also a time when the stomach begins to release two important hormones called ghrelin (the one that tells you “I’m hungry”) and leptin (the one that tells you “I’m full”).

Step 4: The Small Intestines - The Absorption Arena

When food enters the small intestines, it is met with even more digestive juices (from the pancreas and the liver) which help with the final steps of digestion of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. 


By the time food reaches the small intestines, it's undergone significant transformation. Yet, the journey isn't over yet. Digestive juices from the pancreas and liver join in, fine-tuning the breakdown process. The small intestine’s primary role is to absorb nutrients from food.  It does this via its lining which has little, specialized tenticle-like structures called “villi.” Then, the smooth muscles siphon off what's needed and preparing the rest for the final stages.

Step 5: The Large Intestine (Colon) - Water, Salts, and a Microbial Metropolis


The large intestine focuses on absorbing water, salts, and vitamins. It's also the domain of our gut microbiome, a bustling metropolis of beneficial bacteria that play a crucial role in our health.

The average digestive tract has about 100 trillion bacteria within it – more than ten times the number of human cells in the entire body!

They then tackle the remaining fibers and carbohydrates, producing short-chain fatty acids vital for energy production, immune regulation, and more.

Step 6: The Rectum - The Final Frontier

The food has been digested. 

The vitamins have been absorbed.  

The energy has been created. 

There’s only one other thing the body needs to do: get rid of the waste!


In the rectum, the digestive saga nears its end. This segment serves as the last holding area before waste is excreted, ensuring any remaining nutrients are absorbed. The process culminates in a bowel movement, marking the completion of our digestive journey.

Wrapping the Journey

And there we have it—a complete tour through the wondrous world of digestion. It's a journey that highlights the complexity and efficiency of our bodies, one that's nearly as long as a school bus if stretched end to end!

Up next, we'll dive into recognizing gut health issues, lifestyle impacts on gut health, dietary advice, and debunking common myths. But why wait to start enhancing your gut health?

Interested in immediately elevating your digestive wellness with a simple switch? Consider trying our mushroom coffee with collagen. Crafted for minimal caffeine and acidity, it's been meticulously tested to ensure it's as kind to your gut as it is energizing.

Dive into the Everyday Dose experience and nurture your digestive system with a blend designed for optimal gut health.

Liam
Start your day
The Right Way
30 Servings of Mushroom Coffee + FREE Starter Kit
Coffee
Shop Now
30 Servings of Mushroom Matcha + FREE Starter Kit
Matcha
Shop Now
smiley emoji

Happiness, guaranteed.

We stand behind our product with a promise of transparency and reliability, supported by scientific evidence.

heart

HERE FOR YOU

We’re with you every step of the way.