The question of the duration of digestion, alas, worries us very rarely. We are worried that when we eat, how much it is caloric, fat, harmful, but for our digestive system this care is not enough.
Since the majority of the world's population suffers to some extent with some kind of disturbance of the digestive tract, the question of how much food is digested should be more often visited by our bright heads.
Naturally, having learned the digits and digestion algorithm, we will understand that in our stomachs is the most common mess.
Algorithm of digestion
In order for the food to bring good to man, it must be treated with acids and enzymes, and only then, turning into chemical elements, it will be dissolved in the blood. This blood passes through the liver, where it undergoes filtration - poisons are neutralized, and vitamins, glucose and micro- and macro elements remain unscathed.
To make the food better digested, it is necessary to clearly imagine what is happening there inside. The whole process begins in the mouth - it dissolves saliva, and teeth chop the food. Then moving along the esophagus into the stomach, the food is treated with acid and gastric juice. Once in the intestine, it is treated with bile, as well as digestive enzymes of the pancreas. Here, through the walls of the intestine, everything useful is absorbed, and further along with the blood it is filtered. In the intestine remains gruel, "cake", which goes further into the large intestine. There, water is squeezed out from it and feces are formed.
This whole process (together with defecation) can take up to 10 hours!
Duration of digestion
To begin with, consider how much food is digested in the stomach. The data for each product category is exemplary, and are reliable only in the case of raw food eaten without adding products from other groups.
For better assimilation of food, it is recommended to eat only foods with the same digestion rate. In this case, thermally processed food, oddly enough, is digested longer. The reason is that during cooking, the structure of food itself, as well as its own enzymes, is destroyed.
Also, the consumption of hot food leads to a longer (but more thorough) assimilation than a cold one. Here the answer is even simpler. If it is a question of protein food, then it does not have time to digest itself normally in a cold form. It is quickly pushed into the intestine, where the turn is already behind the carbohydrates (that is where their assimilation takes place). Therefore, the squirrels are again out of the business. So, having got into the small intestine, the bacteria that are in the undigested food begin to multiply, which leads to swelling, bloating, constipation.
Let's see how much food is digested in different categories:
- vegetables, fruits, juices - 20-40 min;
- nuts, cereals - up to 3 hours;
- milk - 2 hours;
- cottage cheese - up to 5 hours;
- fish - up to 30 minutes;
- bird - up to 2 hours;
- beef - 3 hours;
- pork - up to 5 hours.
You can also make a more simple division. Carbohydrate food, as a rule, is absorbed most quickly. Next is protein food, then fat, and the last, the fourth category, is food that is digested very difficult, or not digested at all. The fourth group, oddly enough, includes "harmless" coffee and tea with milk, canned food.
If you eat a new portion of food, while the previous one has not yet passed from the stomach to the intestine, the overcooked food will simply poke through as it is in the intestine, and is unlikely to lead to anything good. The same happens when we drink water with water - we push it further along the digestive tract. Therefore, water is recommended to drink 2 hours after eating.
It is not difficult to adjust digestion with this system - try to eat foods with the same digestion time. In the evening, eat only food from 1 and 2 categories (proteins and carbohydrates) so that it can digest. And do not get carried away by the mixtures of tea and coffee with milk.