How to Optimize Digestion
In order to optimize digestion it is helpful to understand how our digestive system works and what can possibly go wrong. In having a deeper understanding of the digestive process we will be able to improve our digestive capacity through incremental changes to our diet and lifestyle.
A short explanation of the digestive system
After our food is chewed and swallowed it travels down the esophagus and into our stomach. For food that has not been well chewed, the lining of the stomach has soft teeth that will break it into smaller particles. The acids secreted by the stomach further break down the ingested food, so these smaller particles allow for more surface area of food in the stomach to be in contact with the acids. Within 15-30 minutes the food, now called chyme, is released into the small intestine. Read More