Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017
The digestive tract is complex, involving several organs as food travels through the body. Talking about digestion and digestive health can sometimes get a bit uncomfortable.
Perhaps that’s why as many as 70 million Americans suffer from digestive diseases.
Harbin Clinic wants everyone to know as much as possible about how to prevent digestive diseases, and we’re using the month of March to unveil the track to good digestive health as a way to educate and inform everyone about digestion.
The digestive tract is much like a train. When it functions smoothly, it’s a well-oiled machine, but delays or derailments can happen at several stops along the journey.
The small intestine digests foods using enzymes released from the pancreas and bile released from the liver. Did you know that the surface area of the small intestine is about the same size as a tennis court?
The liver helps process the nutrients absorbed from the small intestine and secretes bile, which helps break down fat. Did you know the liver is the second largest organ in your body?
The pancreas delivers digestive juices that break down carbohydrates, fats and proteins in food. Did you know the pancreas also produces bicarbonate, or standard baking soda to help neutralize stomach acid?
The large intestine absorbs water and any remaining nutrients while finishing the digestive process. Did you know a person’s large intestine will process roughly 50 tons of food in a standard lifetime?
Eating a good diet, getting regular exercise and visiting your Harbin Clinic Primary Care Doctor for annual and age-appropriate screenings can help keep your digestive tract running smoothly.
But if problems occur, your physician can contact a Harbin Clinic Specialist to prescribe diagnostic tests to help get your digestive tract back up and running.
Harbin Clinic cares completely for your digestive health. Be sure to schedule your yearly screening with your primary care provider and make sure you stay on the track to good digestive health. To learn more about digestive health, visit harbinclinic.com/digestivehealth