The digestive system is made up of a group of organs that work together to break down the food we ingest into energy. Our bodies rely on this energy for all the activities and processes that take place in daily life; whether it’s the ability to run for the bus or to keep our hearts beating.
The process of digestion is a fascinating and complex one that starts when we place food in our mouth. Our teeth, tongue and saliva work to break down each mouthful of food into manageable chunks that can be swallowed and transported to the stomach.
In the stomach, highly acidic juices and enzymes meet the food and break it down further to a paste-like consistency.
The food is then transported to the small intestine, which is anything but small. The small intestine measures more than 6 metres in length and is responsible for absorbing the majority of the nutrients and water into the blood stream. Any undigested foods pass to the large intestine for absorption, which usually includes some carbohydrates and fibre, and any remaining water. It’s here in the large intestine that the majority of the ‘good bacteria’ we hear so much about live- these specialised ‘gastrointestinal microbiota’ are responsible for neutralising some by-products of digestion and producing certain vitamins.
Once all the goodness has been extracted from the food, the body expels the remaining content as faeces through the anus.
What a journey each meal takes!
Support your Digestive System
It’s well known that peppermint oil helps to support healthy digestion. Colomint provides high-quality peppermint oil encased in a gastro-resistant coating, which prevents it from breaking down until it reaches the small intestine. Here the peppermint oil is absorbed for the greatest benefit.