The Digestive System

The Digestive System

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  • Hector Hamburger was lying on Sam's dinner plate when suddenly Sam ate him!
  • Hector drops into a large chamber called the Stomach. Gastric juices break him into even smaller pieces then the esophagus. Hector finds a French Fry passing by. He asks what his name is and what is going on. The Fry told Hector that his name was Felix and they were in Sam's stomach and the body was using Mechanical digestion to physically break down the food and Chemical digestion to take nutrients and other important molecules to the rest of the body. 
  • Hector enters the the mouth, the teeth grind him into little pieces while the saliva makes him wet to help Sam swallow him. All the while the tongue is pushing him around and when Sam wants to swallow the tongue pushes Hector to the back of the mouth.
  • Hector falls down a long tube called the Esophagus. The Esophagus walls shake and squeeze, this is called Peristalsis it allows Hector to reach the stomach even if Sam is upside down! 
  • Esophagus
  • Bolus (Mashed up food)
  • Hector reaches the Duodenum which is the beginning of the Small Intestine. Pancreatic juices made from the Pancreas  fall onto him. These juices are to help digest proteins, Carbohydrates, and fats. The Small Intestine is really 20 feet long, it's just smushed!
  • Pancreatic juice
  • The Pancreas
  • While still in the Duodenum Bile pours onto Hector. Bile is made in the Liver and held in the Gallbladder. Just like the Pancreatic juices, Bile helps in the digestion process by taking fats out of the food. The Liver takes in the nutrients from the small intestine. It makes chemicals that the body needs. It also removes harmful chemicals.
  • Bile
  • Gallbladder
  • Liver
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