Your stomach is attached to your mouth by a long stretchy, 10 inch tube called the Esophagus. The Esophagus is the first place your food starts to get broken down into molecules for your body. It’s also known as the beginning of a process called “digestion.” After the food leaves the Esophagus, the stomach takes over like a mini gate-keeper, removing bacteria, with Gastric acid, a digestive fluid formed in the stomach made of hydrochloric acid (HCl), potassium chloride (KCl) and sodium chloride. These acids break down the food into a liquidy type mixture, preparing it so it can go to the next section called the Small Intestine!  

Hey, I’m talking to you – are you listening!

So, you’re sitting in class and all of a sudden your stomach starts making the LOUDEST noises ever!  It’s our stomach acting like our brain! Stomach growling is called “Borborygmic.” Your stomach communicates with you by making noises when it’s empty because there is no food to muffle the sound. It’s a gentle nudge that says, “Hey! I’m hungry! I need food down here!”  It usually happens when you haven’t eaten for 4 to 5 hours. If you eat a small snack such as fruit or vegetables every 2 or 3 hours, it usually doesn’t happen. The type of food you eat also affects how hungry you are. Foods high in sugars, like cereals, waffles or donuts are digested very quickly, making you feel hungry faster, while foods high in protein such as turkey, eggs, nuts and cheese allow you to go longer through the day. That’s why it is so important to eat protein if you know you’re not going to be eating for a while! By the way, beans have lots of protein, and they’ll keep you full, too! And they’re super healthy!

Speaking of eating…

Taking time to chew your food makes your stomach happy! Chewing breaks food into small enough pieces and sends signals to the stomach that it’s time to begin producing acid to break down the proteins. Try for at least 40 chews per bite; it’s not only good for digestion, but also helps people eat the perfect amount of food so you don’t feel too full.

What’s that noise? Oh! It must my stomach growling! Time for lunch!