Digestive Tract

Digestive Tract - a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from the mouth to the anus with many organs between them, that together help the body break down and absorb food.

Digestion - the process by which food and drink are broken down into their smallest parts so the body can use them to build and nourish cells and to provide energy.

Organs (In Order) Involved in the Digestive System:

Why the Digestive Process Needs to Take Place

When first eaten, foods are not in a form that the body can use as nourishment. Food and drink must be changed into smaller molecules before they can be absorbed into the blood and carried to cells throughout the body.

Further Learning About the Digestive System

Learn more about the different organs and their role in the pages we will be building for you soon. One page we have built is about the role of the colon. Additionally, monitoring dietary fiber intake is something easy that everyone can do to help their digestion and digestive tract.

Monitoring Defecation

If a problem develops along the digestive tract or in other areas of the body, monitoring your defecation can help you be more proactive about diagnosis or treatment. It can be something as simple as noticing frequent hard stools and realizing that you may not be getting enough water, or are drinking too many fluids like alcohol or coffee which have a tendency to dehydrate. There are other instances where monitoring your stools can give you warning signs of serious illnesses along your digestive tract. In case of bloody recurring stools, you may want to seek a proper diagnosis with your doctor. Monitoring your defecation and stools can help you be more aware about what is going on in your digestive system and the entire body.

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