A Lesson in Digestion with Jo Pukallus

Jo was our guest speaker at the last TCHM. Jo is our local colonic Hydrotherapist and had such a great wealth of knowledge to share with us about intestinal health! 

Your digestive system is made up of several organs that work together to break your food down into its simplest parts. One way to think about the digestive system is like an assembly line in a factory, but instead of something being put together, it’s being taken apart.  
Once you chew and swallow your food, it takes off on a trip through your oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, pancreas, gallbladder, and liver. In the process, your body absorbs important vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals, fats and proteins. It can take hours or days for the food to complete its journey.  
The small intestine sits underneath your stomach and uses the liver, pancreas and gallbladder to break your food down even further. The small intestine sucks most of the vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and fat out of your food. It takes your food more than four hours to work its way through. By the end of the journey, some of the nutrients have made their way to the liver and the leftovers move on to the large intestine.  It can be up to 20 feet long about 6 metres; it’s surface area covers the size of a tennis court  
The Large intestine. This organ takes all the stuff your body can’t use and flushes it out of your body. Your body gets one last chance to absorb water, minerals and nutrients from this last bit of stuff when it passes through the large intestine, also called the colon. After the colon has absorbed all the goodness it can, the stuff hardens and waits for you to go to the toilet. The bowel is not just a massive waste dump, it produces serotonin. 

For more information head to Jo's facebook page, Essential Body Care- Toowoomba Colonics