MEET YOUR JEJUNUM & ILEUM: Series Part Ten
Have you ever heard that you have parts in your body called Jejunum and Ileum? While these words may sound crazy, I assure you, they are very real.
The JEJUNUM is the second part of the small intestine, following after the first part, which is called the duodenum. The jejunum is like a high efficiency absorption sponge with villi (little hairlike structures that extend to increase the surface area of the intestine). What does the jejunum absorb? It takes in sugars, amino acids, and fatty acids. There is also a large supply of blood to this area to dump nutrients into the blood stream.
Continuing from the jejunum, is the ILEUM. This guy is the clean-up “sponge.” He absorbs even more nutrients. The ileum also starts to absorb water and vitamins.
The small intestine is about 22 feet long. If they were stretched out like a tape measure, they are about half the length of a school bus. That is a lot of space for absorption!
So, what are YOU absorbing?
Have you ever heard, “You are what you eat?” Basically, the equation is simple. Nutrition In = Nutrition Out. And likewise, Garbage In = Garbage Out. If you are looking to make healthy changes, start by eating real food that fuels the body and let your small intestine do something. You will feel more awake, build better muscle and endurance, feel less crabby and have better memory. Give those sponges something to talk about.
LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR BODY HERE: MEET YOUR BODY INTRO
MEET YOUR TRANSVERSE ABDOMINIS