Your Body Can Store Some Surplus Nutrients
While you now know how the body digests and absorbs the nutrients from foods, you might be wondering what happens to the nutrients once they are absorbed.
What Are Some Common Digestive Disorders?
Generally, the digestive tract works just fine. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t usually require tinkering or medications to be healthy. But sometimes the digestive tract gets “off track” and the resulting symptoms can quickly catch your attention.
Disorders of the Stomach
Does your stomach ever “growl”? A rumbling stomach, or borborygmus, isn’t really a disorder (though if it’s accompanied by pain or vomiting, it can be a sign of a larger problem, such as a mechanical obstruction).
One common problem of an unhealthy gallbladder is the presence of gallstones. Most people with gallstones have abnormally thick bile, and the bile is high in cholesterol and low in bile acids. Over an extended period of time, the high-cholesterol bile forms crystals, then sludge, and finally gallstones.
Disorders of the Intestines
Disorders of the intestines can occur anywhere along the length of the small and large intestines. Common, temporary problems can include gassiness, diarrhea, constipation, and hemorrhoids; more serious disorders include celiac disease and Crohn’s disease.