THE 4 PHASES OF DIGESTION
The digestive process begins in the mouth. Digestion is not limited to the gut. We describe the process of digestion:
1. Ingestion: the mouth and the digestive tract The micronutrients are absorbed in the saliva, while we chew.
2. Absorption: the stomach decomposes the foods (the simpler the easier and quicker this process — monomeal). Nutrients are further absorber in the small intestine, the waste mater is gradually moved towards the large intestine (the less processed the food the lesser waste mater — raw fruits and leafy greens)
3. Utilisation: the vitamins & minerals are absorbed into the blood and used to feed the cells, organs, and vital functions. The blood is always trying to maintain the same Ph (about 7.35 to 7.45, slightly alkaline) hence the importance of feeding the body with alkaline foods (raw fruits & leafy greens)
4. Elimination: waste mater is eliminated via the large intestine. This process requires proper hydration in order for the bowel movements to be easy and consistent. The more water is contained within the food (e.g. fruits) the easier it will be to digest and move. The denser the foods (e.g. cookies) the harder it will be, often leading to constipation. Careful about drinking additional water while eating at the same time as this will slow down the whole digestion process and reduce the ability to utilize, so either drinks up to 30’ before a meal or at least 2-3 hours after. Or better — eat your water!