The Fate of Absorbed Nutrients

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We've been talking about digestion this week and yesterday's video focused on how nutrients get absorbed into our blood and then our lymph system. But where do nutrients go from there? Well, it depends on our body's metabolic state, of which there are two. There is the absorptive state, which is the period during and just after eating in which the digestive tract is full, nutrients are entering the circulatory system, and anabolic processes exceed catabolic processes.  The other metabolic state is the post-absorptive state where the digestive tract is empty and the body is using stored reserves of energy to maintain metabolism. Yes, I know there are some big vocabulary terms in these two statements, but fear not! Just watch today's free Biology lecture on The Fate of Absorbed Nutrients to learn about how our body absorbs nutrients during both metabolic states.


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