Interesting Facts about the Stomach, Digestion, Esophagus
Interesting Facts about the Stomach.
The stomach plays a role in the digestion of food. In vertebrates it appears like a large sac in which food is mixed and partly digested. The stomach is located between the esophagus and the small intestine.
The term âstomachsâ is thought to have been derived from the Latin word âstomachusâ when the âstomaâ beginning refers directly to the âmouthâ. Here are a few more interesting facts about the stomach.
1. The stomach is quite capable of digesting itself if not provided the required amounts of nutrition. Every two weeks the stomach needs to be protected by the protection of an inner membrane lining. If the membrane is not replaced then it will be âgoodbyeâ stomach.
2. If the stomach becomes diseased in any way it is possible to live without it. The stomach produces hydrochloric acid to provide protection against harmful stomach bacteria yet allowing all of the beneficial bacteria to continue their work.
3. It was often believed that an excess of acid in the stomach caused either naturally, or by eating the wrong kinds of food would eventually lead to the common stomach complaint of peptic ulcers. It has now been shown medically that these ulcers are in fact produced by Helicobacter pylori infection.
4. As we eat we also take in air into our stomach. Any excessive amount of air will soon build up in the stomach and the common method of bringing up the wind is by âburpingâ. If the thought makes your cheeks turn red by blushing, remember that you will cause the inside of your stomach to blush in accordance as well.
5. The adult stomach can hold about one liter of food comfortably at any one time, but it is entirely possible for a glutton to consume as much as four liters of food at one sitting. However the more that is eaten the bigger the stomach becomes.