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Synergy is defined as such, " The working together of two things to produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects".

Livesynergic embodies this definition with the goal of combining mind, body and spirit to elevate performance at home, at work and at play.

Fitness coaching addresses the needs of the body while Executive coaching touches on behavioral patterns needed for optimum performance. With synergy balance is key. Livesynergic acknowledges this fact and provides the proper guidance, understanding, professionalism and empathy to help anyone achieve their goal of a more productive and valued state of being.

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The process of digestion starts at ingestion and mastication and ends with defecation. Each step of the process in unique to the individual and there is no set time limit on digestion. However there are normal ranges for digestion and, in most healthy adults, the entire process of digestion takes anywhere from 24 to 72 hours.

The chewing process usually takes a few seconds as food is broken up in the mouth, moistened with saliva and formed into a bolus (or ball) for swallowing. During mastication saliva mixes with the food and the amylase in the saliva starts breaking down the starches and simple sugars. Once the food is adequately chewed, it travels down the esophagus to the stomach. The longer we chew, the more the food is broken down, enhancing the total rate of digestion.

In the stomach, the food is bathed in hydrochloric acid, which further breaks down starches and initiates protein digestion. The stomach also acts like a blender, churning the food into a substance called chyme. Once the food is adequately churned, it is released in small increments into the small intestine. The rate of release varies, depending on the amount of food matter already in the intestines. Often, if there is a lot of food in the stomach, this will initiate defecation in order to make room for more food. This is why people often have a bowel movement after a hearty meal. It takes anywhere from four to five hours for food to completely clear the stomach. This depends on the size of the stomach, the amount of food ingested, and the amount of material already in the intestines.

As the chyme enters the duodenum, the pancreas and gall bladder release digestive enzymes that break the food down into its chemical components. The small intestine is where the real process of digestion takes place, as the chemical elements from food are absorbed into the blood stream. The small intestine is eighteen to twenty-one feet long and it can take food anywhere from 3 to 6 hours to pass all the way through.

As the food clears the small intestine it migrates to the large intestine (or colon) where it is prepared for elimination. Water and minerals are removed, solidifying the chyme into fecal matter which then migrates to the rectum where it is eliminated from the body. The large intestine is approximately five to six feet long and it takes thirty to forty hours for food to pass through.