9 Facts about the digestive system

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Oct 17, 2014

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Taking control of your digestive health can improve your overall well-being and happiness. Here are some facts about your stomach that you might not know and can do a lot of good for you.
  • 1

    Chewing might cut Belly Fat

    Always take time to chew your food; it not only aids digestion but also helps you slim down. Chewing breaks down food for your GI tract to handle and signal to begin producing acid, which helps burn calories. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

  • 2

    Mostly, the Digestion takes Place in the Small Intestine

    Digestion begins with chewing but most of it takes place in the small intestine. Food first combines with enzymes and then stomach acid activates enzymes to break down food. Chime (mixed food) is then released into the small intestine, where more enzymes and bile salts are secreted to digest it completely. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

  • 3

    Eating Less won't Shrink your Stomach

    One’s stomach pretty much remains the same size, unless a surgery is done to make it smaller. Eating less may help you burn the fat layer, not that it can shrink your gut. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

  • 4

    The Size of the Stomach is not related to your Weight

    The size of the stomach is not related to weight or weight control in any way. Thin may have the same size or be even larger than it is in obese people. Weight has nothing to do with the size of the stomach. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

  • 5

    No Exercise can change the Size of an Organ

    ‘Sit-ups or abdominal crunches can reduce the size of your stomach’ is another preconceived notion. Exercises can only help burn the layers of fat that can accumulate on the outside of your body or tighten the abdominal muscles, but cannot change the size. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

  • 6

    Insoluble Fibre causes Less Gas and Bloating than Soluble Fibre Foods

    It may astound you that a gentler form of fibre – insoluble fibre (oat bran, beans, peas, and citrus fruits) can cause bloating. On the other hand, the soluble kind found in fibre such as whole-wheat bread, wheat cereals, cabbage, beets and carrots can give more gas and bloating. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

  • 7

    Weight Gain is not based on a 24-hour Clock

    It is believed that eating before bed can make you gain weight faster than if you eat the same foods during the day. However, there is no conclusive evidence to suggest that foods we eat during an active day will burn faster and more efficiently than foods we consume right before going to bed. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

  • 8

    Most of your Immune System is in the Gut

    Your stomach is where the majority of your immune system is. Digestive health has a direct relation with immune system function. You need to keep the digestive system in good shape to keep away illnesses and health ailments. This is why taking care of your gut becomes so important. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

  • 9

    Your Stomach is filled with HCL

    Human stomach is filled with Hydrochloric acid (HCL). The gastric acid is critical to the digestive process. Made in the parietal cells, the acid combines with an enzyme called pepsin and also helps break down proteins. Moreover, HCL is also an activator that works on carbohydrate and fats. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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