Ever wondered what happens to the food after you put it into your mouth?

No? Well you’re not alone and to be frank, many people don’t really want to know. But a firm understanding of the basic process that it goes through will in many ways give you a deeper insight into why you eat what you eat and how you can adapt that to be more suitable for your needs and overall health.

Basically, the digestive system is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from the mouth to the anus.  Inside this tube is a lining called the mucosa.  In the mouth, stomach, and small intestine, the mucosa contains tiny glands that produce juices to help digest food.

Two solid organs, the liver and the pancreas, produce digestive juices that reach the intestine through small tubes.  In addition, parts of other organ systems (for instance, nerves and blood) play a major role in the digestive system.

There is a really great article on the site that will give you most of what you need to know about your digestive system including…

  • Why is digestion important?
  • How is food digested?
  • Movement of Food Through the System
  • Production of Digestive Juices
  • Absorption and Transport of Nutrients
    • Protein.
    • Fats.
    • Carbohydrates.
    • Vitamins.
    • Water and salt.
  • How is the digestive process controlled?
  • Hormone Regulators
  • Nerve Regulators

See How Your Digestive System Works

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