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Just as a higher grade of gasoline has a positive effect on your car’s engine, upgrading the food we eat can have a positive effect on our body. When you give your body the nutrient rich food your body will thrive. Fuel it up with a cheap gas and watch it crash.  The more natural enzymes we include in our diet, the easier it is for our body to use the nutrients we need. Enzymes are found naturally in our food. When we consume raw fruits and vegetables we are consuming enzymes that help in the digestive process of our food.

The beginning of the digestive process starts at the market. We eat with our eyes. Advertisers know this and have made sure to profit from it.  Smell-a-vision may not be too far off. The smell of fresh peaches has certainly caught my attention. You see and smell, and this causes the brain to react.  Soon your mouth begins to water and your stomach starts to growl.

What happens during digestion? It starts with the senses as you smell and see your food. You smell the aromas coming from your favorite food and your mouth begins to water and the intestinal tract prepares to do its job. Chewing also activates  the salivary glands that contain enzymes.  These enzymes start to break down starches in food. After chewing the food passes down to the stomach where proteins are broken down into peptides and amino acids,  and fats are broken down into triglycerides. In the stomach the enzymes (produced in the pancreas) and hydrochloric acid help to further break down carbohydrate, fat, and protein from food. The liver produces bile, which is stored in the gallbladder in between meals. Bile contains lecithin and is used in the intestines to break down fat from food. This same lecithin helps emulsify fats so enzymes can break them down further for even more absorption and use in the body.

It’s a symphony playing a familiar tune. The mouth, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, and small intestines breaking down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Bile is produced in the liver and stored in the gallbladder to be used for fat absorption. Most of this happens in the small intestines but there are about 30 feet of digestive tract, from mouth to anus, through which our food must travel. The colon (large intestines) helps forming stool for elimination.

There’s a lot that goes into the digestive system. It must run smoothly in order to get the job done correctly. Fuel up with the wrong gas, (alcohol, smoking, all drugs, environment), and your engine won’t run very well. Health starts with what we eat so it pays to fuel up with the best. Go for whole raw fruits and vegetables when ever possible.