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The moment food enters your mouth, that miraculous tube that runs from "gum to bum" kicks into action. In addition to converting food into fuel for your body, your digestive tract helps protects you from infection and illness, influences mood and energy, and helps keep you strong, health and resilient -- all things we believe are certainly worth being thankful for! 

Because your digestive tract is vital to your overall health, it is important that you understand it. So, let's examine the journey that a thanksgiving favourite like pumpkin pie takes as it makes its way through your digestive tract...
  • Your mouth is where the journey begins but even before you start eating, just smelling a piece of pumpkin pie can make your mouth water! Saliva will welcome that first bite by drenching it with water, electrolytes, mucus, proteins, and enzymes.  A good Thanksgiving tip is to chew all your food well and at a moderate pace to help improve digestion and reduce flatulence and bloating!
  • Your stomach is a j-shaped organ that mixes and churns that well-chewed piece of pie into a fluid-like mass of partly digested food called chyme. Lucky for dessert lovers, our stomachs have a unique ability to expand and contract to accommodate varying amounts of food. This is because its inner layer is full of wrinkles called rugae that expand the volume of the stomach and help move digested food out of your stomach and on to the next step of the journey.
  • Small intestine mixes food with digestive juices from the pancreases and liver and pushes it onward. This hardworking area of the digestive tract is responsible for absorbing about 90% of the nutrients (proteins, fats and carbohydrates) that fuel your body! 
  • Large intestine hosts the final stage of digestion where water and vitamins are absorbed and that once tasty treat now forms into feces. Muscular contractions, known as peristalsis, move waste along the large intestine before it exits the body with a glorious splash!  And that is the end of the gum to bum journey!
Learn more about the amazing system that fuels your life here

All those Thanksgiving favourites may make feasting a little too hard to resist again this year and we'll pay the price.  Eating foods you don't regularly consume -- and in larger portions -- can result in excess gas and bloating.

These are expected sensations during these days of celebration.
However, if you are experiencing a tight, bloated belly, or are passing foul smelling gas on a regular basis this is not normal and you may find yourself searching for some relief.   We can help with our Top Tips for:

Making Good Choices 
Everyone wants to know more about the benefits of pre and probiotics. Our short video will explain not only how to select, ingest and store them but explain what you need to be aware of when purchasing these helpful supplements.


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