The Digestive System

The Digestive System

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  • The Digestive System By Troy and Nandan
  • Hey, what are you doing?
  • You see,the digestion process starts as soon as it enters your body! Saliva has a little acid that breaks down food, and when you chew, you are grinding the food into smaller pieces, just like how the stomach does!
  • But how?? You just bit it!
  • The food is then moved to the small intestine. Small finger-like things called villi. This is where most of our food's digesting takes place. Also, just like the esophagus, the food is getting pushed around with peristalsis.
  • When you swallow lumps of mushed food, your esophagus pushes it down to the stomach, in a squeezing motion called peristalsis.
  •  When it reaches the stomach, different acids and stomach juices called enzymes break down your food. The bottom of the stomach slowly releases food into the small intestine.
  • The liver makes enzymes and acids that are stored in the gallbladder and are then released into the small intestine by the pancreas.
  • The bottom of the Large Intestine, the rectum, stores solid waste and releases it when necessary. 
  • The food is then pushed into the large intestine and most of the foods liquid is taken out and put into the bloodstream. Part of the large intestine, on the left-bottom side, is called the Appendix. It used to have a purpose thousands of years ago, but now it is likely it just stores good bacteria.
  • Then the solid waste is released through the anus and then you are ready to go to the bathroom.
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