The digestive system

Digestive phenomena

A digestive phenomenon is an event which is part of the normal function of digestion. Therefore, it is not a sign that the digestive tract is not working properly. It’s quite the opposite.

Digestive phenomena are linked with the different organs of the digestive tract and can show themselves in a variety of ways such as hiccups, belching, vomiting, diarrhoea, etc.

There are many different reasons for this: For example:

  • Poor nutrition
  • An unhealthy lifestyle
  • Food poisoning
  • Food intolerances
  • Taking certain medication

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What is a digestive event?

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INCONVENIENCES RELATED TO DIGESTION

A digestive event is an event related to normal digestive function. Everyone has experienced digestion-related inconveniences, for example when food goes down the wrong way, or when we get hiccups or have a stomach ache. These inconveniences are not signs of trouble in the digestive tract.

These digestive events must not be confused with eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia. Eating disorders are considered diseases, whereas digestive events may well be unpleasant, but they do not have serious consequences.

THE CAUSES OF DIGESTIVE EVENTS

Several things can trigger digestive events. Firstly, they are often related to an unbalanced diet, for example too much fat, too much spicy food or not enough dietary fibre. Lifestyle can also play a role. For example, irregular meals, eating too quickly or even stress. Food poisoning can also sometimes cause digestive events, as can food intolerance. You may know people who cannot tolerate gluten or lactose for example. Then there are certain kinds of medication, such as anti-inflammatories, that can cause heartburn.

You will learn about some of these digestive events, but I am sure you already know some of them, or at least you know them in everyday language. Eructation, for example, simply corresponds to burping, and borborygmus to rumbling noises in the stomach.

Once again, these events are related to the normal function of the digestive tract. Burping and passing wind are normal consequences of digestion and affect all of us.

DIGESTIVE EVENTS IN DIGESTIX & TUBIX

Both DIGESTIX and TUBIX include digestive events. In DIGESTIX, you will see gas bubbles. You can even blow them up before they explode!

Digestive events occur in certain organs. For example, food going down the wrong way occurs in the pharynx, which is associated with the buccal cavity. 

In TUBIX, this is why some events do not affect all the organs in the digestive tract. If you associate rumbling with the mouth, or vomiting with the colon, the event will not give the result you perhaps expected. However, if you associate constipation with the large intestine, your opponent will not earn any more points, unless they find a cure!

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