How does the digestive system work?
A couple of years ago, I started to develop gluten intolerance. And this was followed by a series of other digestive and health issues like bloating, constipation, belly pain, gastroesophageal reflux, indigestion, and more.
As a crazy scientist, I took this as an opportunity to dive into my gut, to understand better how it works, and try to fix all these problems by myself!
Here you can follow me as I am researching and sharing my discoveries…
Table of content
Objectives of the project
- Learning and sharing key aspects of our digestive system.
- Summarizing the information so that it is attractive, easy to understand, and easy to remember.
- Focusing on actionable information: after reading, you know better how to troubleshoot your own gut.
Method & timeline
To make sure that I share high-quality information, I base my research on scientific publications and textbooks.
As I want this information to be attractive, easy to understand, and easy to remember, I try to keep a simple linear structure in my blog posts. I also integrate lots of visuals with the text. And for each post, I add a visual summary so that later you can come back to the summary and hopefully remember everything in just a few seconds!
Finally, this research aims at helping me, and you, autonomously troubleshoot our digestive issues to improve our health. Or, at least, to help us to do so. Thus, I try to focus on key points, such as the digestion process, the microbiota, the way nutrients may interact during the digestion process, etc.
But as my curiosity is sometimes taking over, I also end up spending hours and days on topics not really actionable, but marvelous. Like investigating the length of the different parts of the digestive tract or its surface area!
Around March 2020, I started researching intensely about the digestive system. After reading a lot, experimenting on my own gut, I began to share content here in December 2020.
In 2021 I will publish step by step a series of posts to address the most important and beautiful aspects of the digestive system. If you want to receive the next posts in your inbox, feel free to leave your email address below! I will be happy to serve you!
Results so far
Here are the topics that I already covered. I am likely to update these posts over the next few months as I sharpen my understanding.
If you are reading these lines, it means you arrive in the middle of the process. I am so happy to have you with me so that we can discover the digestive system together!
- Length of the different parts of the digestive tract (probably shorter than what you learned!)
- Protein digestion step by step
- The surface area of the different parts of the digestive tract
-> Writing ongoing…
- Carbohydrates digestion
-> Research in progress…
- Lipids digestion
-> Research in progress…
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To make sure it is clear, I am not a medical doctor or practitioner, and I don’t intend to give any health advice in these posts. The content that I share does not come with any guarantee, and I disclaim any liability regarding the way this content may be interpreted or used and regarding the consequences of its use. That said, I transparently share all the references so anybody can check the relevance of the information.