Breaking Down Digestion

Breaking Down Digestion

The holidays are just around the corner and if you're not familiar with probiotics, now is a great time to learn why probiotics will be helpful for this busy season with lots of great food. 

But what exactly is it that the probiotics are doing during digestion? How can your body absorb nutrients in the first place, anyway?

Actually, the digestion process itself varies according to the kind of nutrient being broken down.

Digestion of Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fats, and Vitamins.

When you eat foods containing large amounts of carbohydrates, such as carrots, potatoes, and bread, your body is taking in starch, which gets digested, and fiber, which your body can’t digest. During digestion, the starch in these foods is broken down by your saliva and pancreatic juices into molecules called maltose, which is made of two units of glucose joined together. Enzymes in the small intestine called maltase then break the maltose down into more simple glucose molecules. These molecules are then absorbed through the blood vessels in the small intestine by the process of diffusion.

Proteins from foods such as eggs, beans, and meat are harder to break down, but the digestion process is very similar. The structure of the food is taken apart in the stomach, allowing the individual nutrients to travel more easily. When the proteins reach the small intestine, a number of different enzymes break the protein into molecules called amino acids, which the body can then absorb into the bloodstream where they’ll be used to reconstruct tissues.

Fats and vitamins arrive in the body in a more complex form and are broken down step by step until they’re simple enough to be absorbed into the bloodstream.

The Role of Probiotics in Food Digestion

Generally, probiotics such as BioVi, work together with enzymes in the intestine to help your body deconstruct nutrients more effectively. Without help from enzymes, digestion is less efficient, which means more of what you eat remains in a form unusable by the body, and it’s discarded without providing any substantial benefit.

When you look at the body’s digestion process, it’s easy to see where the benefits of probiotics lie. Maintaining a healthy gut flora allows you to get more benefits from the food you’re eating, by making sure fewer nutrients are lost.

BioVi goes a step further by surviving harsh stomach acids and reaching the intestine and lasting longer in the intestinal tract.  Clinical trials have shown that BioVi makes it to the intestine and starts to do its job all while lasting longer than other probiotics – 5 to 7 days in the intestinal tract.

We effectively accomplish all of this on a lower dose than other probiotics.  This is why taking one small capsule of BioVi can be the equivalent to three larger capsules of other top brands with the most common types of probiotics.

If you are taking antibiotics or looking for a better probiotic, BioVi is one of the choices you might consider.  If you would like to learn more about BioVi you can learn more on our website.

Ready to get started?  You can visit our store and see our collection of easy to take and great tasting probiotic chewables, here.  Want even more out of your probiotic?  Check our latest smoothie recipes, here.

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