9 Amazing Facts about Your Stomach.

  1. Besides just digesting food, your stomach helps to protect your entire body. The acidity in your stomach helps to sterilise whatever you’re eating and kills off bacteria and potential food toxins. Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract also has particles of lymphoid defence cells it sends out when something like a virus or bacterial infection, makes it through your stomach.
  2. A Platypus, as pictured below, doesn’t have a stomach.
  3. A stomach can stretch and hold up to 4 pounds of food at one time.
  4. Despite this, our stomachs are the same size in most of us.
  5. The lining of the stomach secretes 3 litres of hydrochloric acid every day, as well as enzymes that break down food, so it can continue on its journey through the digestive system. Amazingly, this acid can dissolve most metals!! How can the stomach cope with metal-dissolving acid? Well, to protect itself, it secretes a sticky, neutralising mucus that coats its walls. Even then, a new layer of this mucus is produced every 2 weeks.
  6. The stomach also makes a substance that is necessary for the body to absorb vitamin B12.
  7. When you blush, so does your stomach!
  8. We can survive without one. If your stomach needs to be removed, the surgeons attach your oesophagus (food pipe) directly to your small intestine, where most of your digestion is carried out. The stomach only partially digests your food. It leaves it in a form of a semi-fluid known as ‘chyme.’
  9. If you turn upside down while eating, the food will never fall out your stomach. This is because the movement that propels your food down your oesophagus, ‘peristalsis’ prevents this from happening because it only takes place in one direction.
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What can Potentially Harm your Stomach?

  • Not waiting at least 2 hours between meals or snacks. Your stomach never gets a chance to rest because it’s working all the time, possibly causing discomfort, indigestion, poor nutrient absorption and pain.
  • Chewing gum.
  • Overcooking your food. Doing this can strip your food of its nutrients and could harm your stomach.
  • Eating too fast and not chewing your food properly.
  • Having too much alcohol and coffee. They could irritate your stomach.
  • Eating too much meat. Meat is difficult for your body to digest because the protein in meat is harder to break down. This could cause bloating and make your stomach empty slower. Therefore, potentially causing discomfort.
  • Eating too much sugary foods and drinks.  A high level of sugar in your diet can create a perfect environment for your ‘bad’ bacteria to multiply and cause stomach acid.
  • Eating when you’re angry and anxious.

How to Look after Your Stomach.

Make sure you keep yourself hydrated and eat more fruit and vegetables. Remember to chew your food slowly; wouldn’t you want to enjoy the taste of your food?

Make sure you exercise regularly. It will help to support your whole digestive system.

Certain teas have been known to settle your stomach, including peppermint, chamomile, mint and ginger. Ginger contains, ‘gingerol’ which helps to speed up stomach contractions.

Finally, liquorice may help to prevent stomach ulcers and relieve acid reflux. It can be taken as a supplement called, ‘deglcyrrhizinated liquorice’ (DGL).

Sources: mentalfloss.com, healthline.com, livescience.com, softschools.com, raiseyourbrain.com, factslegend.org, geelongmedicalgroup.com.au, steptohealth.com, stanfordhealthcare.org, medicalnewstoday.com

12 thoughts on “9 Amazing Facts about Your Stomach.

  1. As always, your posts are interesting and informative. I was just typing my response to your Sunshine Blogger Award nomination and I commented that any posts related to health and science are more difficult for me because I don’t have a scientific brain. I think that’s why I enjoy your blog so much. You explain this stuff in very simple terms.

    P.S. Love the Joan Rivers quote!

    1. Thank you, Michelle. I’m not scientifically minded either. I share information that I understand.
      I’m glad you like my blog.
      Joan Rivers used to make me laugh a lot when she was alive 🤣

  2. Wow I didn’t know some of these 😱 I did know about the coffee. I used to drink about 4 cups a day, but as I’m someone who frequently suffers from stomach inflamations, – even though I eat healthy – I had to cut it down. I switched to tea and feel so much better now! I do still occasionally have a cup of coffee, but this is never more than once a week. Interesting post, thanks for sharing!

  3. This is a super helpful posts 🙂 as I struggle with acne- and will soon be going on antibiotics to combat it- I need to do lots to improve my gut and stomach! Thank you for sharing these tips, I’ll definitely be implementing a new diet and regime to help my stomach health

  4. If the stomach digests foods only partially by making them semi-liquid, how good is it to chew well to make the job of your stomach even easier. I am a big fan of chewing well by the way!

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