The digestive system helps break down foods that are eaten to receive the nutrients. The nutrients in the foods being broken down by the digestive system helps provide your body with energy, helps you grow, and keeps you alive. The main parts of the digestive system that helps break down the foods are the mouth, the esophagus, the stomach, the anus, the small intestine, the large intestine, and the rectum. The first thing in the process of the digesting is to break down the foods being eaten by chewing the food with your mouth and using your saliva to also help break down your food into pieces. Then you swallow the pieces of food which go down your esophagus then goes directly to your stomach. Then when it reaches it’s destination to your stomach it is mixed with stomach acid. After being mixed with acid from your stomach it turns into a paste that is thick that is pushed through your small intestine. The tube in which the small intestine is located in is called the alimentary canal and is about 33 feet long. In the alimentary canal the thick paste turns into liquid. Then the body gets the needed nutrients and blood carries out the food with the unneeded nutrients. The food with unneeded nutrients is then pushed through your body’s large intestine. Then it is stored into the rectum for several hours. After the several hours of it being stored in the rectum it pushes out of your anus. As you can probably see you need the digestive system to help your body function properly. For example if your food doesn’t digest then you won’t get the nutrients needed for your body to grow normal, have energy, and to live.
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