Your bowel movements are excellent indicators of your overall health. Since food provides the fuel for energy production, it follows that a fully functional gastrointestinal tract is crucial. Your stomach, bowel and liver need to be in tiptop working order in order to do their job, which is extracting, processing and absorbing nutrients from your meals.
Food as it is consumed is not in a state to provide energy to the body. First it must be broken down into particles small enough to cross the plasma membrane of your cells. Enzymes manufactured in the small intestine, combined with pancreatic enzymes and bile from the liver, aid in digesting proteins, carbohydrates and fats. The mix is absorbed through the intestinal wall and transported to the liver, where it is further metabolized and made available as an energy source.
The large intestine
The large intestine, which processes the residue from this procedure, is host to