The body is built, fueled, and maintained by about a half ton of food per year. This fuel should be selected carefully to provide maximum performance. But having the right kind of fuel is not enough, the foods we eat must be properly digested and assimilated in order to provide the raw materials and energy our bodies require.
The digestive system is responsible for the breakdown of our food and the assimilation of the nutrients that are essential for life. If this system is not functioning properly, even the best nutrients will do us little or no good. Various secretions of the digestive system—most notably the enzymes—provide the spark that breaks down our foods into compounds that the body can absorb and use.
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