The Digestive System: The Function Of The Digestive System

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Have you ever sat and wondered what happens to your food as you are swallowing it? Have you thought about where it goes, or what is going on inside your body as you digest? The term is called digestion. Digestion is the breakdown of food we eat, and turn the food into small, tiny, components that is absorbed through our bloodstream. When digestion your food it goes through two breakdowns; Mechanical, and Chemical digestion. But what happens once the food enters your bloodstream, and breakdown into small molecules? The term is called the digestive system. The digestive system is basically the breakdown of macromolecules broken down into tiny molecules. The organs in your digestive system work together as a community to convert the food we consume …show more content…
Now that we know what the digestive system is, and what the digestive system is. It is time to begin our tour through our body, and see how the digestive system really works. First the digestive system is broken down into eight sections. Those eight sections are the oral cavity/ tongue, the esophagus, the stomach, the small intestine, the large intestine, the liver, the pancreas, the gallbladder, the rectum, and lastly the anus. Our first stop is the oral cavity or the mouth. The food is taken into the digestive system by the mouth. The mouth itself contains many organs, such as the teeth, the tongue, and the salivary glands. When food enters the mouth it must first be broken down by the enzymes inside your mouth. These organs are all working together to help digest the food into smaller pieces. The teeth role is to helps the process of chewing, chewing the food into tiny molecules. While the mouth and teeth are working together to help chew the food particles into tiny pieces. Now that we have the mouth and the teeth working …show more content…
The role of the stomach is to secrete acid, and enzymes that digest the food. The stomach muscles contract periodically, by turning food into digestion. The stomach then releases acids, and enzymes to help the flow of chemical breakdown. As the food is going through the flow of the stomach, the crushed, and mixed foods we ate forms a chyme. A chyme is a semifluid mass of partly digested food that is ejected by the stomach into the smallest part of the small intestine the duodenum, and then into the pyloric canal. The small intestine is a winding tightly folded tube that is six to seven meters long, and connects to the stomach and colon. The small intestine is the portion that does most of the digestion, when it comes to the breakdown of foods using enzymes which is then released by the pancreas, and bile from the liver. The small intestine is divided into three sections: the duodenum, which is a short section that connects to the stomach. The duodenum uses bile from the gallbladder, liver, and pancreas to help digest food. The jejunum the middle section carries the food rapidly with wave-like muscle contractions toward the ileum. The ileum, which is the longest part where most nutrients from the food is absorbed before it empties out into the large

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