Digestion

Pancreas Facts

The pancreas is an oblong flattened (fish-shaped) spongy gland, which has two main functions, exocrine and endocrine. The pancreas is an oblong flattened (fish-shaped) spongy gland, which is grayish-pink in color and about six inches (15 cm) long. It’s deep in the abdomen and stretches across the back of it, behind the stomach, sandwiched between the stomach and the spine.…

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Hydrochloric Acid Facts

Hydrochloric acid is abbreviated HCl. It’s secreted by the parietal cells, which are the stomach epithelium cells. These cells also secrete intrinsic factor. Hydrochloric acid has many functions. It denatures proteins, makes some minerals such as iron and calcium more absorbable, converts pepsinogens into pepsin, stimulates the production of hormones in the stomach and kills bacteria. It also promotes the…

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Digestion & the Digestive Process

Digestion is defined as the mechanical and chemical breaking down of food into smaller parts, to a form that can be absorbed into the bloodstream.The end of the digestive process is defecation. The food enters the mouth, is chewed by the teeth, and broken down by the saliva from the salivary glands. It travels down the esophagus and into the…

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What’s a superfood?

The Oxford English Dictionary (dating 1915 to 1949) defines it as “a food considered especially nutritious or otherwise beneficial to health and well-being”. Today it’s a term sometime used to describe food with high phytonutrient content. Many dieticians and nutritional scientists dispute the fact that they have any health benefits and it’s not a common term used by them. This…

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Beemans Gum – Pepsin Chewing Gum

Beemans Gum , originally named Beeman’s Gum, is a chewing gum invented by Ohio physician Dr. Edward E. Beeman in the late 19th century. Dr. Beeman was selling bottles of powdered pepsin, which people took to aid in digestion. Pepsin Chewing Gum Pepsin is found in the stomach and breaks down proteins into peptides. Its precursor is pepsinogen and is…

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