Your gut is essential for more than just instincts. It has to make sure
that your body gets fed, which is a very complex job: The stomach churns
food; the small intestine breaks the mixture (called chyme) into
smaller molecules so that the body can absorb nutrients; and the large
intestine converts what’s not needed into—well, you know. When the
process works as it should, you’re happily oblivious. But when one part
goes awry, so can your quality of life. For the good of your gut, here’s
the full digest on what’s normal and what’s not.
The Psychology of Your Stomach
Why do we have so little control over what goes on in the digestive tract? Because the gut has a mind of its own.