What do you know about your Digestive System?

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Your digestive tract begins at your mouth. Chewing your food is an act of mechanical digestion, and as your saliva mixes with the food, it begins to break it down chemically. The food then travels down your esophagus via waves of muscular contractions called peristalsis. One the food reaches the stomach, gastric juices work to break down your food. After 4-5 hours, the food travels to your small intestine where pancreatic juices and bile work to further break down the molecules within your food. The pancreas, liver, and gallbladder are considered accessory organs of the digestive system because your food doesn’t directly pass through them, however, they still play major roles in the digestion of your food.  The pancreas releases digestive juices directly into your bloodstream and your small intestine. The liver creates the bile that the gallbladder stores until it senses the presence of food in the digestive tract, at while point it releases the bile into the small intestine. After 6-8 hours in the small intestine, the mostly digested food enters the large intestine where excess water is reabsorbed back by the body, and the remaining waste material is ready to exist the body through the rectum and anus

Did you know that your digestive tract is on average 30 feet long? With your small intestine individually stretching out to a grand 23 feet! 

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