CategoriesDiet/Lifestyle Basics

Summary of Digestion


Carbohydrate digestion begins in the mouth with the secretion of amylase by salivary glands but is completed in the small intestine where pancreatic amylase and amylase secreted from mucous cells finish the job. None of this is possible if food is not chewed into small enough pieces and mixed with sufficient saliva. Protein digestion begins in the stomach as a result of pepsin activity and is completed in the small intestine by enzymes from the pancreas and mucous cells in the small intestine. This process takes large protein molecules and breaks them down into amino acids. Fat molecules are digested almost entirely by enzymes secreted from the pancreas and the mucous cells in the small intestine, although bile from the liver helps complete that task. Bile from the liver, excreted by the gallbladder, plays a primary part in protein and fat digestion. When food has been acted upon and nutrients have been absorbed (along with the toxins you ate), the remaining chyme is sent to the end of the small intestine, where it puts pressure on the ileocecal valve, which allows entrance to the large intestine or colon. The ileocecal valve is a valve between the small and large intestine. It allows food to pass into the large intestine but does not allow it to wash back into the small intestine.

If you have trouble with hair, skin or nails, it is a sign that you have intestinal imbalance. Everything from the lines and ridges on the fingernails to the lack of hair or excess amount of hair in areas that should not have hair are all signs of intestinal imbalance, primarily an accumulation of undigested proteins and fats. Oh and crows feet, the lines you get at the corners of the eye stretching into the temple area? They are all caused by digestive weakness as well. Lack of assimilation.