Your Gut Health

What exactly happens when you eat sugar. We’ve talked about it slightly from the perspective of your brain and hormones, but how about your intestines?


What happens after you put, oh let’s say a piece of bread in your mouth? Well you see, first some enzymes are released within your mouth to start breaking down the carbohydrates. From here, the mushy bread goes down you esophogus and into your stomach. Many more enzymes as well as acids are released into your stomach to churn and break down the food. Some enzymes break down only proteins so that they can be later absorbed into the bloodstream while others work on fats, and some on carbohydrates. After have work done on itself in the stomach, the bread (although it’s nothing like bread at this point) goes into the small intestine.

The small intestine is made up of 3 parts, all which have specific roles. In this organelle, the food substance is mechanically propelled throughout your small intestine. This is due not only to the muscle that lies within the wall of you intestine but also fine hairs that line the walls. Between the muscle contracting and releasing and the tiny hair like structure, food substance moves throughout your system without any problem.

All is good in the world until those fine hair’s get matted down and muscle spasms happen. It is at this point that the food gets stuck! This generally causes bloating, fatigue, constipation and even nausea (cite).  So why in the world would this happen? What would cause all of this intestinal pain?

Well, you see, when you consume large amounts of carbohydrates (sugar) and do not use them by doing large quantities of physical exercise everyday – think weight lifting or long distance running – those sugars cannot be absorbed into the bloodstream as quickly as you are supply your body with them. This is because your body doesn’t need sugar in the amount you are giving it sugar.

So the sugar sits, and well it sort of kind of rots, in a slow and fermentation way. It causes a back up of digestion (constipation) and the lack of oxygen being delivered to your large intestine causes some gas. The gas is toxins within your body which will often cause your body to send a bit of a red flag off, which will trigger nausea ( a defense mechanism). Bloating may also occur because of the lack of oxygen to your intestines combined with the backup of food. This can all result in fatigue as your bloodstream absorption also becomes halted, which prevents nutrients to get to it’s eagerly awaiting organelles.

Interesting isn’t it? And quite frankly, it’s one more reason to kick the sugar habit!

Want to read up so more on this subject?

Here are a few links…

Gut Flora and Sugar

Sugar, Gut Flora and Behaivor


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