As we all know, our stomach can be the cause of some major inconveniences such as bloating, churning when we eat our favorite foods and gas that we don’t want to talk about. Most people know very little about their stomach and their digestive tracts and how they operate. To help you out, here are some facts for you to try to figure out what are myths and what are the true facts about your stomach.
1. Myth or Fact: Your stomach will eventually shrink if you cut down on the amount of food you eat and you won’t be as hungry.
MYTH: Your stomach stays about the same size once you are an adult unless you have surgery to make it smaller. If you eat less, your stomach won’t shrink but it may retune your “appetite thermostat” so that you won’t be as hungry.
2. Myth or Fact: Digestion takes place principally in the stomach.
MYTH: Digestion takes place mostly in the small intestine. The stomach takes in the food, then mixes it and breaks it down into tiny particles and then the particles are released in small batches into the small intestine, where digestion takes place.
3. Myth or Fact: If you do exercises like abdominal crunches or sit-ups, they can decrease the size of your stomach.
MYTH: No exercise can change the size of an organ. It can help burn the fat layers outside of the body. It can also help tighten abdomen muscles.
4. Myth or Fact: Thin people typically have smaller stomachs than people who are obese.
MYTH: Believe it or not, the size of the stomach does not compare with how much you weigh. Thin people actually have about the same size stomachs as heavier people.
5. Myth or Fact: You can reduce acid reflux by losing as little as two to three pounds.
FACT: The less acid that flows up to your esophagus, the less problems you will have clearing it. Two to three pounds can indeed make a difference.
6. Myth or Fact: If you eat before going to bed, you can gain weight faster than if you at the same foods during the day.
MYTH: The fact is that we gain weight when we eat more calories that we burn up. Weight gain is not based on a 24 hour clock.
7. Myth or Fact: If you eat a 200 calorie snack of crackers with peanut butter, it will more than likely help to control your appetite longer and better than just eating 200 calories of crackers.
FACT: Fats digest much slower than carbohydrates and will stay in the stomach longer, which means that we will normally feel fuller longer if we eat a snack with a little fat in it.
8. Myth or Fact: Beans will cause everyone to have excess gas and there isn’t a whole lot you can do about it.
MYTH: kind of! Beans contain a high amount of a sugar that requires a certain enzyme to correctly digest. Some people have more of this enzyme and some have less. If you have less, then that will mean more gas will be made when beans are digested. You can take an over-the-counter product before you eat that contains extra enzymes or after your eat you can take product with simethicone which will burst the gas bubbles and release the tension.
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