Hi Fancy. *hug*
Kira!!! You said this,I was going to type that to my buddies in the May 13th thread due to today being Day 3 for most of us there. ;D PLUS being good to ourselves is so important and I tend to think most of us are 'too hard on ourselves'. However we have to learn to do this....it takes a while to "get it" I think but it's great when we remind each other.You cannot help others if you are not in good health
And take a look at this useless trivia:
The human intestine is certainly a long structure. For example, the large intestine (comprising the caecum, colon and rectum) alone is over 1.5 metres in length (or 5 feet). The reason for this is probably because the intestines perform a variety of functions.
In the small intestine (comprising the duodenum, jejunum and the ileum, 3 metres in total), food coming from the stomach is continually mixed and stirred for further digestion. Absorbtion of nutrients, carbohydrates and fats then takes place all along the small intestines through finger-like structures called villi. The villi significantly increase the surface area of the intestines and therefore provide a large area for which all these "goodies" can then be absorbed. In addition to this, the small intestines may also perform other functions, for example, the ileum also has lymphoid tissue where white blood cells are available to destroy any harmful bacteria.
In the large intestines, water is reabsorbed and faeces are formed. Some cells in the colon also secrete mucus to lubricate the faeces and protect the intestinal lining.
If the intestines were short, it is unlikely that we'd be very efficient in absorbing all our nutrient and energy requirements from our food.
According to the slithery sites in our Digestive System category, we have about thirty feet of intestines in our body! The small intestine, where most of the digesting happens, is over twenty-two feet long! The inner surface of the small intestine is covered with millions of tiny finger-like extensions called villi. These villi absorb the nutrients from the food and pass them into the blood supply. The large intestine, or colon, is about six feet long. It reabsorbs water from the undigested food passed on from the small intestine. A meal usually stays in your stomach for around three hours, but can stay in your digestive system for up to three days.
No wonder we're full of crap! (sorry)