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How Your Stomach Works
1. Hear that growl? It's the sound of your stomach muscles moving around an empty chamber, signaling it's time to eat. The mere sight or smell of food releases acids and enzymes in the stomach, prepping you for digestion.
2. As food travels down the esophagus, a ringlike gateway muscle called the esophageal sphincter opens, allowing the eats to enter the stomach.
3. Layers of stomach muscle relax to make room for food, then churn like a cement truck until the meal is the consistency of a smoothie. Acids and enzymes keep working to break it down further.
4. The stomach muscles then push this food mixture — called chyme — downward, where it escapes in small batches through a second sphincter to the small intestine.
2-3: The number of seconds it takes for food to reach your stomach after you swallow a bite.
2: How many hours it typically takes for food to completely exit the stomach after a meal.
4: The max number of liters of food/drink most adult stomachs can hold (a little more than a gallon of milk), but most of us feel overly full after eating less than half that amount.