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What Our Body Needs From Food
To avoid becoming overly technical this will be a high-level overview of an amazingly unique system our God created. We need to eat food. The body needs a variety of the nutrients found in protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins, and minerals. Carbohydrates provide the body with its main source of energy. However, all the nutrients must remain in relative balance or problems arise. This can be anything from gas and bloating to forms of cancer. Yes, that was extreme but it is true none-the-less. Continuing — the acids and enzymes making up the fluids in the stomach make it possible to digest foods. Here starts the process of the sugars and starches found in the carbohydrate to break down into another type of sugar called glucose. It is important to remember that enzymes released by the pancreas digest proteins, fats, and sugars (carbohydrates).
Note: When carbohydrates are scarce, the body runs mainly on fats. If energy needs exceed those provided by fats in the diet, the body must liquidate some of its fat tissue for energy. While these fats are a welcome source of energy for most of the body, a few types of cells, such as brain cells, have special needs. (Source-diabetesforecast.org
From an article found on the bbc.com website, “Different things happen to food as it passes through the digestive system: food is digested in the mouth, stomach and small intestine. Digested food is absorbed into the bloodstream in the small intestine. Excess water is absorbed back into the body. From an article found on niddk.nih.gov website, “The muscles of the small intestine mix food with digestive juices from the pancreas, liver, and intestine, and push the mixture forward for further digestion. The walls of the small intestine absorb water and the digested nutrients into your bloodstream. I deliberately added the emphasis in that statement and I will explain why later. Okay — thank you for your patience so far.
This is the last piece of the puzzle I will provide before tying it all together. From mayoclinic.org website, “Digestion time varies between individuals and between men and women. After you eat, it takes about six to eight hours for food to pass through your stomach and small intestine. Food then enters your large intestine (colon) for further digestion, absorption of water and, finally, elimination of undigested food. God designed the system, and created the system. He leaves it up to us to respect His creation by maintaining a healthy balance of nutrients. This doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot of money on food, but it does mean you must do some thinking and decide what food you will supply your body with. I tell people often that eating is not a hobby. When you treat it that way, it becomes a self-indulgent habit. It becomes an idol. There is a huge difference between need and want!
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