Your stomach empties out into your small intestines. Your small intestines are about 25 feet long and one inch in diameter. It is in the small intestines that most of the nutrient assimilation happens. The length of the small intestines is divided into three parts: the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum.
The ileum connects to the large intestine (aka bowel or colon) in the lower right abdomen. The large intestine (aka bowel) is about five feet long and three inches in diameter. It is made up of the cecum, ascending bowel, transverse bowel, descending bowel, sigmoid, rectum, and anus. At the sigmoid the diameter decreases to about two-and-a-half inches. The function of the large intestine is to absorb fluid, minerals, and specific nutrients – B12 for example.
Many problems can arise with the intestinal system. Some of those problems involve excess mucus production, which is a sign of irritation. The villi in the small intestines can erode, leaving the intestinal tract with almost no absorptive surface and its owner malnourished because of malabsorption. Most intestinal problems have symptoms of cramping, diarrhoea, constipation, and malabsorption.
It is well worth the effort to keep your intestinal tract happy and healthy through proper diet and lifestyle (and supplements, if warranted).
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