Mind & Body

Why Doesn't Your Stomach Eat Itself?

Your stomach can digest a lot. Some people even eat the stomachs of other animals, which means your stomach can actually digest a stomach. So here's a question: why doesn't a stomach digest itself? The answer is that every centimeter of a healthy digestive system is coated in protective mucus. And down in the stomach, there's an extra special layer to address that problem exactly. Find out more below, then keep scrolling for some more weird stomach facts.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Butterflies in your stomach are a reaction to feeling stress. 00:11

  2. When the body is stressed, the pituitary gland signals the adrenal glands to release adrenaline. 00:33

  3. Because stress prompts more blood flow to the lungs and muscles, less blood reaches your stomach, causing the "butterflies" sensation. 00:56

Written by Curiosity Staff June 7, 2017

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