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Physiology Of The Digestive System 101

What do you know about the physiology of the digestive system? In this infographic you will find the basics on physiology and biochemistry of the digestive system. It was really useful to me!

The digestive system is a group of organs working together to convert food into energy and basic nutrients to feed the entire body. Food passes through a long tube inside the body known as the alimentary canal or the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract).

The alimentary canal is made up of the oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestines, and large intestines.

In addition to the alimentary canal, there are several important accessory organs that help your body to digest food but do not have food pass through them. Accessory organs of the digestive system include the teeth, tongue, salivary glands, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. To achieve the goal of providing energy and nutrients to the body, six major functions take place in the digestive system:

  • Ingestion
  • Secretion
  • Mixing and movement
  • Digestion
  • Absorption
  • Excretion – This is one awesome website I found that seems to have all the basics on anatomy. Interactive and fun! Check it out!

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About the author: Ivan Nankov
Hello and greetings from Bulgaria. I am still a medical student but in my final years of study - 5th year, 1 to go - that is both great and a bit frightening. I have always wanted to have a website/blog where I can write some articles, share some views, comment and give my opinion on other articles, news, videos etc. And mostly a place where that can stick and not just sink down the timeline of some social network. I have lots of interests and am going to share most of them here. You can ask me anything on my facebook, instagram, the contact me page and so on. And, yes, blogs may be a bit oldschool as I hear from people, but who cares... 😀 Stick around, I bet you'll find something interesting to read.
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