Digestive System - The organs that help here are the liver...

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Digestive System Michelle Nolan February 4, 2011 The digestive system is quite the intricate system. It begins the minute that food is placed into ones mouth. When the chewing begins the saliva glands begin to disintegrate the food with the moisture that is produced. It is then turned into what is called a bolus. When it is chewed up enough and moist enough and you can swallow through the pharynx. It then goes down the long tube leading to the stomach called the esophagus. Once in the stomach the acids produced there begin to turn it into a liquid to easier process it through the system. Once the bolus leaves the stomach the process begins in the small intestine. The small intestine is about 20 feet in length and divided into three parts (Grosvenor and Smolin, 2006). This is where the other organs really begin to work in the process as well.
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Unformatted text preview: The organs that help here are the liver and the pancreas and the gall bladder. These are the parts of the system that help with the fat digestion. Everything that is not processed and absorbed into the small intestine then moves into the large intestine. Once in the large intestine it can not go backwards again. The large intestine then begins to continue the breakdown process and absorb all that it can absorb with the help of the rectum and the colon. When leaving the large intestine everything that is not absorbed by the large intestine is excreted through the anus. This is the last step of the process and the part of the digestion system where the leftover bolus actually leaves the body. References: Grosvenor, M. B., & Smolin, L. A. (2006). Nutrition Everyday Choices . Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc....
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This note was uploaded on 06/25/2011 for the course SCI 241 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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