Digestion & Food

Feeling sluggish? Got digestive niggles?  Feeling a bit blah? A small change might help. Some extra fibre in your diet, a little more activity every day, even using an app to track what you eat can make a difference. Explore this section for some easy ways to give your digestive health a boost.

Understand your inner workings

Digestion is the process which breaks down the all the food and liquids we eat into nutrients. It happens in our digestive tract – although most nutrient absorption occurs in the small intestine.

The food which isn’t digested or absorbed during digestion becomes waste. This waste includes fibre – it escapes the digestive enzymes in the small intestine andand moves into the large intestine. This is where water is absorbed and fibre and resistant starches are broken down by bacteria, producing fatty acids and gas.

Increasing your fibre intake doesn’t necessarily increase your wind – simply boost your fibre intake slowly and be sure to drink more fluids.

How long it takes to digest a meal

The digestive tract (or alimentary canal) tends to be 9-10 metres long. It takes around 12-48 hours for food to be digested and the waste material (stools or faeces) to be expelled from the body.

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