By Woods Hutchinson
An enough offer of clean-burning food-fuel for the human engine is so completely primary either for well-being and for potency - we're so actually what now we have eaten - that to be good fed is in actual fact two-thirds of the conflict of existence from a physiological viewpoint. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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One of the chief and most striking differences between plants and animals is that animals have mouths and stomachs, while plants have not. THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM How the Food Reaches the Stomach. Our body, then, has an opening, which we call the mouth, through which our food-fuel can be taken in. A straight delivery tube, called the gullet, or esophagus, runs down from the mouth to a bag, or pouch, called the stomach, in which the food is stored until it can be used to give energy to the body, just as the gasoline is stored in the automobile tank until it can be burned.
This is why every grocery store, every butcher shop, every fish market, and every confectioner's shows such a great variety of different kinds of foods put up and prepared in all sorts of ways. Although nearly two-thirds of the actual fuel which we put into our body-boilers is in the form of a dozen or fifteen great staple foods, like bread, meat, butter, sugar, eggs, milk, potatoes, and fish, yet all the lighter foods, also, are needed for perfect health. It is possible, by careful selection, and by taking a great deal of trouble, to supply all the elements of the body from animal foods alone, or from vegetable foods alone.
A SECTION OF THE LINING SURFACE OF THE STOMACH (Greatly magnified) Showing the mouths of the stomach glands, and the furrows, or folds, of the lining. The Peptic Juice. The cells of the stomach glands manufacture and pour out a slightly sour, or acid, juice containing a ferment called pepsin.  You can see now why you shouldn't take large doses of soda or other alkalies, just because you feel a little uncomfortable after eating. They will make your stomach less acid and perhaps relieve the discomfort, but they stop or slow down digestion.