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Everything you need to know about your digestion

Do you know what the capacity of the stomach is? How long does digestion last? What can be eaten upside down? How much does the intestine measure? What is the function of saliva? How does stress influence digestion?

In this article we respond to these and other curiosities so that you know your digestive system better and you can also learn some tips to improve your digestions naturally.


The stomach has a capacity of 1.5 books, although when eating it adapts to food and can double its size. That is why it is advisable not to eat more than necessary . We should stop eating a little before we get too full, always staying with the desire to eat something else. In this way the

The digestion

The digestive process is much longer than we think. The food is between 3 and 4 hours in the stomach and between 6 and 20 hours in the large intestine.

Although some people do well to make several

Everything you need to know about your digestion

The movement

The peristaltic movements, in the form of continuous muscular spasms, drag the food through the digestive tract. That’s why we could eat upside down, which is a curiosity but it is not recommended. On the contrary, the correct thing is to eat seated and without hurries, avoiding many conversations, especially to people with digestive difficulties.


Every day we produce between a liter and a liter and a half of wrap the food and facilitate its passage through the walls to the stomach.

In saliva we find digestive enzymes that make a pre-digestion, and therefore it is essential to chew and salivate food well before swallowing.

The intestine

The small intestine is surprisingly long, if we stretch it it would measure about 6 meters. The large intestine, on the other hand, measures 1.5 meters.

It is essential to take care of our

For this, a diet rich in natural fiber is essential: fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains.

Everything you need to know about your digestion


The type, number and diversity of good bacteria that are in the stomach become unbalanced , which is a predisposition to any digestive disease.

That is why it is so important to treat stress so that it does not affect our health. And if one day we are very nervous we will avoid eating at that moment, since our body will probably not assimilate it correctly.


The 32 teeth correspond each with an organ . If the organ has some imbalance, it will be reflected in some kind of problem in that tooth. Therefore, when it comes to taking care of our teeth we must bear in mind that they also depend on our general health.

The health of the stomach also directly affects dental health, since gastric acids generate vapors that reach the mouth and can alter their natural pH , being then more vulnerable to gingivitis, caries or infections.

Finally, the teeth have different function according to their shape: the incisors cut, the fangs tear, and the molars and premolars chew.


Almost half of the water we drink is expelled through the breath . Therefore we have to drink between one and a half liter and two liters of water a day, outside meals, especially on an empty stomach. It is a very healthy and natural way to detoxify our body, moisturize our skin and .


From foods we obtain nutrients, which are mainly carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Each one has essential functions, and therefore we must consume them in a balanced way, without missing any of them daily.
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Everything you need to know about your digestion