The Digestive System Is 30 Feet Long, and IBD Can Affect Any Part of It

The Digestive System Is 30 Feet Long, and IBD Can Affect Any Part of It
Today, I will review the basics of the digestive system — everything from the mouth to the bottom. The digestive system is a very intricate system with many places that food and waste visit, roughly 30 feet in length. Because of this, Crohn's disease has a lot of areas to manifest in, and it can affect anywhere throughout the system. Beginning top to bottom: Mouth and esophagus The first stop for eating and drinking is the mouth, and then the esophagus. Chewing and saliva break down food to start the digestion process. The esophagus pushes food down into the stomach by repeatedly contracting and releasing muscles. This process is called peristalsis. Stomach The stomach is where your food and drinks meet. Stomach acid, or gastric acid, further breaks down food. The stomach acts like a churn, mixing its contents and sending the mixture to your other digestive organs. Gallbladder, liver, and pancreas The gallbladder, liver, and pancreas each break down portions of the waste. The gallbladder, pancreas, and liver each secrete their own juices to aid in digestion. Then, they send their chemical mixtures to the duodenum. Small intestine: Duodenum, jejunum, and ileum Most digestion takes place in the small intestine. Bile, juices, and food are mixed together to help digestion and break down the food for absorption. The liver takes over again and reprocesses this mixture. There are three parts of the small intestine: the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum. The duodenum takes these juices and waste, mixed with partially digested food, called chyme, to create chemical digestion. The jejunum and ileum absorb nutrients from food into the bloodstream, delivering essential nutrients to the rest of the body. Large intestine: Ascending and descending colon The l
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