October 18, 2021
- 80% of constipation is due to dehydration. When you’re dehydrated, the stool inside your body becomes dehydrated and very difficult to pass. MOST people do not consume enough H2O. How much is right for you?
- Bowels move when you move. Many people are tied to desks for the majority of the day. With modern convenience, we just don’t do as much physical work walking, bending, and squatting as our great grandparents did. This is why fitness is essential to optimal bowel health.
- The inner wall of the stomach secretes hydrochloric acid to help kill bacteria and, along with proteases enzymes, aids in the digestion of food. To protect itself from the corrosive acid, the stomach lining must create a thick coating of mucus.
- The average human being has over 400 different species of bacteria in their colon
- It takes approximately seven seconds for food to travel through the esophagus and reach the stomach
- An adult female’s small intestine is longer than the average adult male’s
- The liver has over 500 different functions, one of which is producing bile to break down digestive fats
- The stomach of an adult holds up to 1.5 liters of food and food stays here for 2 to 3 hours
- Although the large intestine is up to 4 inches in diameter, the small intestine is only 1 inch in diameter
- The approximate surface area of the small intestine is 2,700 feet; that’s over half the size of a basketball court!
- Hydrochloric acid, produced by the stomach, can dissolve metal but has no effect on plastic
- Estimates of how much saliva our bodies produce each day range from 1 to 3 liters
- The whole digestive tract is over 29 feet long, starting at the mouth and ending at the anus
- The stomach wall has three layers of muscles
- Food is cooled or warmed in the mouth until it is a good temperature for the body
- The large intestine is approximately 5 feet in length
- Muscles contract and relax in the esophagus to push food down to the stomach — it works even when you’re upside down! http://digestivesystemforkids.com/15-fun-facts-digestive-system/
- Colon Cancer is considered a PREVENTABLE cancer. Why? Primarily because by changing our diet we can reduce risk dramatically. And if we get regular screenings (colonscopy), we will be diagnosed only with precancerous or early stage cancer cells that are easily removed and treated.
- Studies show that eating red meat “frequently” increases the incidence of colon cancer. Eating red meat daily, and especially more than one serving per day, increases risk.
- Preliminary studies suggest that garlic consumption may reduce the risk of developing several types of cancer, especially cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. Protective effects from garlic may arise from its antibacterial properties or from its ability to block the formation of cancer-causing substances, halt the activation of cancer-causing substances, enhance repair, reduce cell proliferation, or induce cell death.