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How To eat and digest your food
- Use your teeth to chop and crush food into small pieces.
- Release watery, slimy saliva into your mouth from the salivary glands. Try not to dribble!
- Really put your food through the mix, using your tongue to swill it in saliva and push it onto the throat for swallowing.
- Squeeze food along your oesophagus, running from your throat to your stomach.
- With food in your stomach, churn it into creamy liquid chyme (partially digested food).
- Release bile from your liver and process any digested food here, storing some of the nutrients and dispatching the rest to the body’s cells.
- Squirt bile, stored in your gall bladder, into the small intestine to help digest any fats.
- From your pancreas, release more digestive enzymes into the small intestine for breaking down food even further.
- With semi-digested chyme working its way through your sausage-shaped small intestine, absorb any remaining nutrients into your blood, Whice speeds them along to the liver for processing.
- With food-remnants now entering the final part of your digestive system-the large intestine-absorb any water from them into the blood leaving behind solid faeces.
- Store the faeces in your rectum until such time as you can get to a toilet.
- And now open your anus, pushing the faeces out of your body. Job done!