Digestive Process
From the Stomach to the Duodenum

                                                     
The Duodenum (Probably one of the most significant keys to health in the human body)
Next, the chyme is slowly transported from the pylorus (a valve at the end portion of the stomach) through the pyloric sphincter into the first part of the small intestine called the duodenum where further digestion occurs.   The duodenum, just eight to nine inches long is where more chemicals of digestion are added.    The Ampule of Papilla (Ampulla of Vater above) is located in the duodenum wall.  This is an opening where, bile from the gallbladder and enzymes and bicarbonate from the pancreas enter the duodenum.   They combine with the chyme to begin the final part of digestion in the small intestines.  Enzymes are also excreted through the walls of the duodenum to assist with this digestion.  The inside wall of the duodenum has a smooth surface like the skin on your face.   It is at this point that the acidic chime must be alkalized so the assimilation of this nutrient filled liquid is as complete as possible.  In addition, this alkalization is very important so that the acid from the stomach is neutralized and will not burn the walls of the small intestine. 

What Does this Mean to Your Health
Your body is aware of what you have eaten (there are sensors in the duodenum) and it calls on your liver, gallbladder, pancreas and other avenues of digestive chemicals to assist in the breakdown and assimilation of nutrients and protection of the digestive tract.   Your body expects you to bring in live enzymes (uncooked foods such as produce) to assist in this digestive process.  If you do not bring in enough live enzymes with the food you have eaten you may expect to have acid indigestion (undigested food), acid reflux, ulcers and constipation all caused by food improperly prepared at your mouth (no live enzymes).   As this improperly prepared food enters the duodenum, your digestive awareness will call on the pancreas and gallbladder to do the job you did not do.   Your pancreas and gallbladder will then strain to prepare this acidic chime for release into the small intestine.  Allow this to happen enough times and you will get sick (for instance, straining the pancreas enough times could cause diabetes; an epidemic in country.   Constantly releasing acidic unprepared chime from the duodenum to the small intestine, can lead to such diseases as crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease and leaky gut (see From Duodenum to Small Intestine).  These in turn can lead to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, muscular dystrophy, etc.   

A Note about bile from the gallbladder and enzymes plus bicarbonate from the pancreas:
Bile liquid is created in the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Bile emulsifies (breaks into small particles) lipids (fat), which aids in the mechanical digestion of fats. The pancreas secretes digestive enzymes that chemically break down complex food molecules into simpler ones.   These enzymes include trypsin (for protein digestion), amylase (for carbohydrate digestion), and lipase (for the digestion of fats).   Epithelial cells in pancreatic ducts are the source of  bicarbonate and water secreted by the pancreas   Bicarbonate is a base and critical to neutralizing the acid coming into the small intestine from the stomach.

Sources:
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, James Balch, M.D. and Phyllis Balch, CNC, Avery Books 2000
Enzymes The Fountain of Life, D.A. Lopez, MD, R.M. Williams, MD PhD, K. Miehlke, MD,
The Neville Press, Inc 1994
Understanding Digestion, Elaine Newkirk ND, New Life Nutrition Inc. 2007, www.makeripples.com

                                                           

 
Important Note:
The information presented herein by The Natural Path Botanicals is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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