Humans have been naturally digesting food and the process has been embedded in our DNA since our ancestors ancestors.
Our DNA ALWAYS knows what to do in order to keep things functioning, even under adverse conditions. It is when we oppose our natural processes that we get ourselves in trouble, and the process must change from natural maintenance to a “best effort to achieve normal” process. This ‘best effort repair” can cause sickness, inflammation and disease. It can lower the immune system, and cause inflammation and other metabolic issues.
When in doubt about ANY natural process I ALWAYS ask ” What is my DNA programmed to do?”
The Physical and Chemical Step-by-Step Overview::
- STEP 1. This part is chemical- Aided by our eyes and nose, we begin to salivate and release chemicals to break down the food about to enter our mouths. so that we can begin to extract necessary nutrients in the mouth, and begin the breakdown process.
- STEP 2. In anticipation of a rise in blood sugar, the pancreas releases insulin into your bloodstream. All carbohydrates convert to glucose once digested. Insulin is responsible for escorting glucose from the blood into cellular walls for further processing into cellular energy. Insulin will also take any glucose rejected by the cells and deliver it to your fat cells for storage as cholesterol.
- STEP 3: Chewing: We begin to tear food particles down into smaller chunks of food matter with the aid of enzymes released in the saliva. The more we chew, the better this breakdown process becomes ( remember being told to chew 21 times before swallowing?) as we mix more saliva with the food and begin to mash it down and extract nutrients. Chewing also sends signals to your brain and pancreas.
- STEP 4: Once the tongue physically pushes the food matter into our esophagus.
- STEP 5: In the esophagus, peristalsis acts on the food matter, further breaking it down into smaller and smaller particles on the way to the stomach. Peristalsis will continue to process and push the food matter further until its eventual exit from the body.
- STEP 6: The stomach acts upon the food matter by secreting highly acidic gastric juices that chemically break down the food and help kill any bacteria or dangerous microorganisms that entered the stomach with the food. The muscles that surround the stomach also provide physical digestion as they churn and mix the stomach contents together. The longer this process takes, the better, because you stomach expands food matter enters it. When has been sufficiently digested and can pass into the intestines. This can be an important step, because if your stomach is sufficiently deflated, the retracting muscles can trigger a hunger response by secreting ghrelin, the hunger hormone, and sending the ghrelin to your brain via the bloodstream, it can cause feelings of hunger.
- STEP 7: By opening and closing a small valve at the bottom of the stomach, your body slowly allows small amounts of the liquid stomach contents into the small intestine.
- STEP 8: Before the small intestine can process the food matter liquid, The gall bladder releases a strong salt called bile to mix in with the food matter. Bile is produced in the liver, and stored in the Gall Bladder. The Gall Bladders’ only purpose is to store bile salts and squeeze some out to help your small intestine digest fat particles in the food, breaking them down into small droplets.
- STEP 9: The pancreas releases additional insulin into your bloodstream. All carbohydrates convert to glucose once digested. Insulin is responsible for escorting glucose from the blood into cellular walls for further processing into cellular energy. Insulin will also take any glucose rejected by the cells and deliver it to your fat cells for storage as cholesterol.
- STEP 10: As peristalsis continues to move through the newly mixed food matter the small intestine, the chemical particles finally become small enough that the nutrients can be absorbed into the bloodstream.
- STEP 11: Thousands of small blood vessels line the surfaces of the small intestine. These blood vessels absorb the digested nutrients.
- STEP 12: the Bloodstream carries the extracted nutrients to various areas of the body through blood circulation.
- STEP 13: This nutrient-rich blood travels directly to the liver, where the nutrients are processed and delivered back to the bloodstream in the form of Amino Acids, Enzymes, Salts, ketone bodies, vitamins and glucose.
- STEP 14: If the bloodstream has a low amount of glucose and insulin, the Liver will use Free Fatty Acids to create and release more ketone bodies.
- STEP 15: All of the unused food particles from the small intestine move into the large intestine.
- STEP 16: In the large intestine, all the water is removed from the remaining particles and absorbed back into the bloodstream, along with any remaining water-soluble nutrients.
- STEP 17: After a half day or so in the large intestines, Peristalsis pushes the remaining mostly solid contents into the bowel.
- STEP 18: Coerced by peristalsis, the bowel is emptied of waste product.
WHY AM I AGAINST SMOOTHIES AND JUICES?
Think about the digestive process you have just learned.
- Drinking a Smoothie of any type eliminates at least the first 6 steps of digestion, bypassing the normal and natural process of nutrient breakdown, enzyme secretion, nutrient consumption and absorption in the stomach.
- Drinking a Smoothie of any type robs your stomach of using the calories necessary to process your food. you are expending FEWER calories for digestion.
- Drinking a Smoothie of any type will expand your stomach quickly bit also shrink it back quickly, releasing the hunger hormone ghrelin much sooner, and making you feel hungry.
- Drinking a Fruit Smoothie will IMMEDIATELY deliver a dense dose of glucose ( predigested in your blender) minus your natural enzymes and acids, directly to your small intestine for absorption into your blood stream, spiking your blood glucose without the insulin pre-response. Remember, you cannot use that glucose until insulin is on the scene, and excessive glucose or insulin in the bloodstream is metabolically damaging.
- Juicing a single Apple or Orange produces very little juice, compared to a full glass we might consume. Drinking an 8 ounce glass of Apple or Orange juice delivers to your small intestine equivalent glucose of 4 or 5 apples or oranges at one quick sitting. This will certainly spike your glucose and insulin response.
And my FINAL reason for avoiding liquefied nutrition:
OUR ANCESTORS HAD NO BLENDERS.
Don’t get me started on PROTEIN powders, potions, lotions and pills.