DIGESTING AND ABSORBING NUTRIENTS IN THE SMALL INTESTINE

HEALTH PEARL #810

Image credit: Blausen.com staff (2014). “Medical gallery of Blausen Medical 2014”. WikiJournal of Medicine 1 (2). DOI:10.15347/wjm/2014.010. ISSN 2002-4436.

The small intestine is where most chemical digestion takes place.

After food leaves the almost EIGHT feet of JEJUNUM, it moves straight into the TEN feet long ILEUM. 

The ILEUM also has villi, that finger-, or hair-like coating, which moves food and nutrients forward towards the colon, or large intestine.

Along the way, naturally occurring bacteria are needed to absorb all digestible nutrients into the blood stream. Naturally occurring yeast helps to remove excess fluid, and transports fibers and undigested food towards the exit: the rectum and anus.

We really want as much digestion as possible because we need good nutrients in our cells for them to heal, activate, replicate, and communicate.

Most absorption of nutrients takes place in the JEJUNUM. 

The ILEUM, on the other hand, takes care of B-12 and bile acids, as well as any other remaining nutrients.       

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