5.4 in Aurvedic
View Disease Moves Trough the Body
Another way to view this approach is to understand what happens to food as it goes through the body. First, food is tasted and chewed. The first taste triggers the appropriate digestive fluids in the mouth and stomach. The food moves to the stomach; if it has been well chewed, then the stomach has an easier time to mix the digestive fluids, liquids, and food together. Once they are mixed together, they move to the small intestine. The small is about twenty feet long. Its work is much easier if the food is well-prepared in the stomach. At the beginning of the small intestine is the duodenum, which is the place where the bile from the liver, gall bladder, and pancreas are mixed together with the food. After this the food moves to the colon, and it is in the colon that the actual value of the food is absorbed - 80 percent of the vitamins and nutrients according to Ayurveda. The colon forms the stool and absorbs water from the digested food. It also provides a breeding place for the bacteria that play a beneficial role because of their ability to synthesize important vitamins and absorb nutrients. A normal stool is then passed; it should resemble a ripe banana.