FUNCTIONING OF OUR DUODENUM

Health Pearl #808

Last week I talked about the importance of NOT drinking in the time surrounding a meal.

Image Credit: Blausen.com staff (2014). “Medical gallery of Blausen Medical 2014”. WikiJournal of Medicine 1 (2).

This week the food is totally liquefied by the stomach, and now the Pyloric Sphincter opens to move all that food into the upper part of the small intestines, the DUODENUM.

The reason I like to call this its own section, is because it’s primarily filled with enzymes, NOT bacteria like in the rest of the intestines.

The enzymes in the DUODENUM are the pancreatic enzymes, as well as the bile that is secreted from the gallbladder.

The pancreas, situated behind the stomach, makes three enzymes: Protease, Amylase, and Lipase.

Protease helps the process of breaking liquid proteins into pure AMINO ACIDS;

Amylase helps convert liquid carbohydrates into simplified SUGARS, such as glucose, ribose, lactose, and mannose;

And Lipase helps to further breakdown Omega Lipids into usable FATS.

Digestion is interesting and important …at least that’s what WE think …at the Gesundheit! Nutrition Center on North 19th Avenue.                                

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