The Digestive System

Sophia Laukli, Sierra Gilmore, Anna Ruprecht

What is the digestive system?

The digestive system explains the process of eating, and how food affects our body. It is important to know because this cycle begins every time we eat, which is hopefully each day. Digestion also contributes to our growth by creating nutrients and energy to help keep our body healthy.

The Digestive Process

Digestion consists of a series of steps.

  • The system first starts in the mouth where you chew and swallow food with saliva.
  • The food then goes into your throat where it leads to the esophagus.
  • After the esophagus, the food matter goes into your stomach. Here the food breaks down, mixes with acid and enzymes and turns in chyme.
  • The stomach then leads to the small intestine, this is where the nutrients are absorbed into the blood stream and the rest of the body.
  • After the small intestine, the food waste continues into the large intestine, also called the colon. Here, water and vitamins are released.
  • The leftover waste, after going through all the steps, result into the rectum, which then leads to the anus where the excess matter is disposed of (exteriorly of body).