7 Surprising Facts about Your Stomach ...

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Facts about the stomach are useful for anyone who may be considering a diet or anyone who suffers stomach problems. What we think of as the stomach is part of the gastro-intestinal tract which basically starts at the mouth and ends at the rectum. Like every part of the human body, it is an intricate piece of biological machinery that carries out a mass of functions in the process of living and as such we rarely give thought to facts of the stomach – it’s just there, going about its daily business. For anyone interested in their dietary health here are 7 Surprising Facts About Your Stomach:

1. Digestion Doesn’t Take Place in the Stomach

The lower intestine is responsible for digesting the food we eat.

The stomach is like a mixing machine.

Food enters the stomach where it mixes with acids and enzymes which break it down into particles called chime.

The chime then passes to the lower intestine where it is processed into energy, fat or waste product.

2. You Cannot Shrink Your Stomach

There is a common myth that if you cut down your food intake, the stomach will shrink and therefore you won’t feel so hungry.

Stomach fact: Your stomach reaches adult size and pretty much stays the same size unless you opt for surgery to make it smaller.

3. Stomach Size Doesn’t Relate to Body Size/weight

One of the interesting facts about the stomach, especially considering how much part in plays in our diet, is that there is no correlation between weight and stomach size.2

A naturally thin person can have the same size stomach (or even larger) as a person who struggles with weight control.

Did you know an adult’s stomach can hold as much as 1.5 litres of material?

4. Weight Gain is Not Time Controlled

How many times have you heard the comment don’t eat a heavy meal before bedtime?

The general assumption is that it is better to eat during the day when you are more active than before bed because you are more likely to burn off the calories.

Eating before bedtime might cause bloating, heartburn and indigestion but the fact of the stomach is that it is designed to process food at the right time in the right amount.

Weight gain/loss is not determined by a stomach clock but by how many calories you consume compared to how many you burn off.

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