Eight Important Facts About Your Stomach

The stomach is a deep, bean-shaped organ that’s a part of the digestive system, located on the upper side of your “tummy.” Food travels down from the oesophagus to the stomach where they are broken down by enzymes and acid, and then the food is passed to the small intestine.

Contrary to what a lot of people believe, digestion doesn’t take place completely in the stomach; it’s simply a part of the digestive system. Here are a few facts about the stomach:

1. The stomach serves as a first line of defence for your immune system. It contains hydrochloric acid, which helps to kill off bacteria and viruses that may enter with the food you eat.
2. The human stomach can take up to approximately 1.5 litres (nearly a half-gallon) of food or drink.
3. The physical size of a person doesn’t determine the size of their stomach; the stomach is generally the same size for everyone. The real difference is in the stomach’s “thermostat”—the point where our stomach tells our brains that we are full.
4. The type of food you eat could determine how hungry you feel afterwards. Foods high in sugars are digested very quickly, making you feel hungry faster, while foods high in protein and fats digest much slower, allowing you to go longer before getting those hunger pangs. This is why the Bible says in Proverbs 25:27, “It is not good to eat too much honey…” (NIV).
5. Sometimes when you’re eating, drinking soda, or other carbonated beverages, you get a lot of air in your stomach. The best way to get rid of this air is usually through a burp.
6. The stomach also predigests food, making it easier for the rest of your body to get energy from the food. Because of this, animals with stomachs are more mobile than animals without stomachs (roundworms and hydras don’t have stomachs).
7. Animals with stomachs are also smarter than animals without because they can make use of the extra energy that comes with it.
8. When you blush (when your face turns red), the lining of your stomach ALSO turns red!

Your stomach is so important to you and to the Lord, as every other part of your body is. Treat it nicely and watch what you put into it


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