Did you know that, The human stomach is about the size of a fist when in its regular state. It is obviously small when you are baby, once you become an adult, it remains the same size.
The stomach is a muscle. It has an average resting volume of about 50 ml but after a normal meal it expands to about 1 litre. If really pushed it with a big meal, the stomach can accommodate up to 4 litres.
Fatty foods slow digestion and thus stay in the stomach longer. When high fat content is coupled with a large volume of food, it can expand up to 4 times its original size. Typically, the stomach is fully empty and contracted anywhere from three to five hours after a meal.
What we put in our stomach goes a long way to affect the rest of our body organs. Be it diets that nourish our bodies with the vitamins, minerals and nutrients or diets lacking in essential minerals. The worst we can do to our body is constantly feeding it with unhealthy diets.
I would NOT recommend not eating as a way of losing weight. You probably know by now that, your body needs to be nourished to get you in tip top condition and warding off diseases. A healthy well balanced diet is really important.
Do you Know the Rest of your body parts?
Meet The Heart
The human heart is an important organ in our body because it pumps blood throughout the body via the circulatory system, supplying oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and removing carbon dioxide and other wastes.
“The tissues of the body need a constant supply of nutrition in order to be active. A human heart is roughly the size of a large fist.The heart beats about 100,000 times per day (about 3 billion beats in a lifetime).The heart pumps about 6 quarts (5.7 litres) of blood throughout the body.
Wrong eating habits and lack of exercise can cause strain on the heart, too much fatty foods can clocked the arteries thereby causing heart problems.
The kidneys are a pair of organs located in the back of the abdomen. Each kidney is about 4 or 5 inches long — about the size of a fist.
The kidneys’ function are to filter the blood.
All the blood in our bodies passes through the kidneys several times a day. The kidneys remove wastes, control the body’s fluid balance, and regulate the balance of electrolytes. As the kidneys filter blood, they create urine, which collects in the kidneys’ pelvis — funnel-shaped structures that drain down tubes called ureters to the bladder.
Each kidney contains around a million of units called nephrons, each of which is a microscopic filter for blood. Eating the right type of food will help the organs to function correctly.
The size of the liver increases with increasing age and attains adult size by age 15. It is the largest glandular organ in the body (part of the digestive system that secrets chemicals) averaging about 1200g -1400g in women and 1400-1500 in men. This translates to about 3 pounds.
The liver processes everything we eat, drink or even rub on our skin. The function of the liver is so vital as it plays over 500 roles. The liver has the first picking of everything absorbed from the intestine. Both good and bad.
Examples of some of the roles play by the liver in our bodies include
- It turns glucose into glycogen and stores it. When the body needs energy, it converts the glucogen back into glucose which travels through the bloodstream to where it is needed.
- It makes liquid called Bile which helps break down fats from food and also neutralises the acid chyme from the stomach
- The liver helps stores vitamins and iron
- The liver helps in the production of special proteins that carry substances through the body.
- Regulates and supply essential vitamins and minerals.
- The liver regulates the balances of many hormones and provide resistance to infection
- The liver detoxify the body by clearing out all the harmful drugs and chemicals from the body.
- When the liver has broken down harmful substances, they are excreted into the Bile or the blood. Bile by-product enter the intestine and leave the body through ‘poo’. Blood by-products are filtered out through the kidney and leave the body in the form of ‘wee’
- The liver destroys old red blood cells which is evident in the dark brown colour in our ‘poo’
Healthy eating habits and plan will not only help your internal organs to function well but also prolong your life. It is possible to stay healthy and eat healthily.
Exercise helps to burn the layers of fat accumulated around your body and also the internal fat you cannot see. Healthy eating habits or plan will help shed the excess weight you don’t want.