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In the digestive system what is the job of the teeth, small intestines, colon?

In the digestive system what is the job of the teeth, small intestines, colon?

Working together: The teeth masticate or chew the food so that the stomach can process it. Once in the stomach, the enzymes help further digest the food until it enters the intestines as chyme. Nutrients are absorbed from the small intestine until the remaining material passes down the digestive tract to the colon to be excreted. Very simple answer but more can be found online if you need a more details. ...Read more

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Digestive Health (Definition)

Digestive health refers to the proper functioning of the digestive tract, including the stomach, ...Read more


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How does the digestive system support homeostasis in the body?

How does the digestive system support homeostasis in the body?

It Doesn't: You do by what you eat and drink. You don't eat food you starve to death You don't drink water you die of dehydration. ...Read more

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What's the role of the anus in digestive system?

What's the role of the anus in digestive system?

Anus: Is this a joke? It is the terminal portion of the GI tract and prevents you from having accidents and embarrasing yourself. ...Read more

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What do the organs in the respiratory system do?

What do the organs in the respiratory system do?

Get oxygen to blood: Respiration is the process of bringing oxygen into the lungs and exhaling carbon dioxide out of them. Once inside the lungs, the oxygen crosses cell membranes to get into the blood stream. The blood circulates the oxygen to the rest of the body including the brain which cannot function without it. Carbon dioxide is the waste product of well functioning cells and is also carried back by the blood. ...Read more

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Why is the health of the digestive system important for the entire body?

Why is the health of the digestive system important for the entire body?

Nutrition: Our nutrition decisions and intake can affect every part of our body. Our body use glucose as its main energy source but can get glucose from sugars, proteins and fats. There are vitamins and minerals that our body needs to run the multitude of chemical reactions constantly running. Deficiencies can lead to many different medical issues with two of the more common being anemia or osteoporosis ...Read more

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What happens to the immune system if cancer develops in the stomach?

What happens to the immune system if cancer develops in the stomach?

Depends: In general, a stomach cancer without metastasis would not affect your immune system provided that you have not become malnourished from it. Be sure to get checked for h pylori infection which is considered a cause for stomach cancer and can often be successfully treated with multiple antibiotics and effective acid suppression. H pylori can also cause stomach ulcers. ...Read more

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In what structures or organs in the system does pancreatitis affect?

In what structures or organs in the system does pancreatitis affect?

Pancreatitis: Any organ or structure around the pancreas can be affected. Severe pancreatitis can also lead to multi organ failures with kidneys, lungs and heart failing . It is very important to have a strong pancreas doctor. ...Read more

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What functions does the bladder have for the body?

What functions does the bladder have for the body?

Waste removal: Our bladder is responsible for collecting and storing our body's waste, in the form of urine, for removal and elimination through an outflow tract which differs depending upon one's gender. ...Read more

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What does the pancreas do in the human body?

What does the pancreas do in the human body?

Enzymes and hormones: Pancreas makes Insulin and glucagon - two hormones that control sugar balance and are major players in diabetes. Also makes lipase, trypsinogen and amylase which are enzymes responsible for the digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the digestive system take to empty the food in it {incl. Intestines}?

Normally, how long would the digestive system take to empty the food in it {incl. Intestines}?

Following a meal,: Transit time through the small intestine is anywhere from 45 minute to 90 minutes; then transit time through the colon normally is 24-36 hours. This will vary from patient to patient and relative to diet and other conditions such as prior abdominal surgery, fluid intake, stress, meds and hydration status. ...Read more

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What are the parts of the digestive system tbrough which food passes?

What are the parts of the digestive system tbrough which food passes?

Parts of GI system: The GI system start with the mouth and teeth. This is where digestion begins. The food is the swallowed and taken to the stomach via the esophagus. In the stomach food is exposed to acid and mechanical grinding. Food then passes into the duodenum, jejunum and ileum where nutrients are absorbed. The liquid then enters the colon where water is absorbed and then out through the anus. ...Read more

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What is the function of bacteria in our digestive system?

What is the function of bacteria in our digestive system?

Bacteria: We have bacterial and other microorganisms as part of our systems on all integumentary surfaces (skin and mucous membranes). They play differing roles in our body. Some provide for degradation of food substances, some we have not worked out the function for. You need to take a course in microbiology since cannot be all explained here. ...Read more

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What is the process of the digestive system and how long does it take?

What is the process of the digestive system and how long does it take?

About 24 Hours: Food is broken down by chewing & digestive enzymes in mouth & swallowed down esophagus to stomach where more enzymes & acid chemically break it down further. Passing into the 40 feet long small intestine where bile from the liver neutralizes acid & breaks up fats. Pancreatic enzymes break down starches. The remaining waste has water resorbed & is eliminated as stool. It takes about 24 hours. ...Read more

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What does the nervous system do for the body?

Master switch: Without the nervous system, your body does not work, it is the central controller of all functions. ...Read more

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What part of the intestines can't the endoscopy and the colonoscopy not see?

What part of the intestines can't the endoscopy and the colonoscopy not see?

Small intestine: Endoscopy is good way to look inside the upper and lower GI tracts, small bowel is not approachable with endoscopy. ...Read more

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How does digestive system work?

How does digestive system work?

Check this out: Follow this link to learn more about the anatomy & physiology of the digestive tract (http://www.Dasilvainstitute.Com/gastrointestinal-anatomy-physiology) summary: the GI tract is a single cell barrier of protection between the outside world & the inside of our body. Immune cells are numerous here. It digests (breaksdown) foods, and absorbs the nutrients & water to enter our blood stream. ...Read more

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How can the digestive system work?

How can  the digestive system work?

Absorbs Nutrients: That's a very complicated question and there is not an easy answer. The body breaks down the food you eat to its component parts and then absorbs that to create energy. You can find a lot of information at your local library or on the internet. ...Read more

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Best way to cleanse your digestive system?

Best way to cleanse your digestive system?

Best not to: Your body has a natural mechanism for eliminating waste, and generally it is better to let it handle it. Cleansing usually involves ingesting or inserting various 'natural' toxins which serve only to upset your gut's normal homeostasis (=balanced environment). Occasionally the body needs help restoring itself back to balance, esp after antibiotics, so probiotics may help in this specific case. ...Read more

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What happens if the digestive system fails?

What happens if the digestive system fails?

U can die , maybe.: Seriously speaking, failure of GI tract is uncommon unlike that of the kidney, heart, lungs and brain. Most GI conditions are related to infection, inflammation, bleeding and ulcers and u usually recover from these and won't cause GI crash or failure. Best wishes! http://digestive.Niddk.Nih.Gov/ddiseases/pubs/yrdd/http://m.Healthline.Com/symptom/gastrointestinal-bleeding. ...Read more

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How can you flush out your digestive system?

How can you flush out your digestive system?

Eat a healthy: Hi fiber diet, drink 80-100 ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluids daily, 20 oz extra per 30 minutes of strenous exercise. And never do any of those colon cleansing scams. They are not necessary, are of no documented value or need and all they do is redistribute your wealth to those who are selling you that garbage. ...Read more

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What are the organs of the digestive system?

What are the organs of the digestive system?

Alimentary tract: Mouth with salivary glands, esophagus, stomach, duodenum (first part of small bowel), jejunum, ileum, appenix, colon & recum. Additionally liver, gall bladder and pancreas are all involved in producing or storing digestive juices. ...Read more

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What is one take for digestive system health?

What is one take for digestive system health?

Any fluids: That are caffeine free and alcohol free; 80-100 ounces per day. High fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and salads. But be sure to be drinking the fluids. Absolutely more important for constipation than the diet. A probiotic such as florastor or align is also helpful. ...Read more

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What organs are part of the digestive system?

What organs are part of the digestive system?

An amazing question: The digestive system starts at the mouth and ends of the anus. The liver, pancreas and gallbladder are just as important as the intestine. ...Read more

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How can you cleanse out your digestive system?

How can you cleanse out your digestive system?

Not necessary: Our digestive systems cleanse themselves naturally. If you're constipated, try increasing the fiber in your diet with whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. If that doesn't work, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how our digestive system work?

Can you tell me how our digestive system work?

Not in 400 char!: Basically, what goes in must come out. There are good online references from reputable sources: look at AMA, ASGE, ASCRS. ...Read more

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What foods can help regulate digestive system?

Depends on the cause: It depends on what part is giving you a problem. There is not enough room to review the foods for each defect. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how your digestive system work?

It doesn't: Your kidneys and lungs control your blood pH (homeostasis) by regulating HCO3 and CO2 to keep your blood pH at 7.43. ...Read more

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What can cause problems with my digestive system?

Look at diet first: Whatever goes into your gut affects what happens. Review your diet. If you aren't eating a healthy diet, it's likely you'll have some symptoms. You should be aiming for a diet high in fiber (fruits, veggies, whole grains), low in red meat (notice I didn't say none!); proteins should be lean. Drink lots of water, minimize caffeine (again,I didn't say none!). Get some exercise regularly. How's that? ...Read more

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What works to take to help your digestive system?

What works to take to help your digestive system?

Any fluids: That are caffeine free and alcohol free; 80-100 ounces per day. High fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and salads. But be sure to be drinking the fluids. Absolutely more important for constipation than the diet. ...Read more