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Random Digestive Tract Facts

The digestive track is an amazing thing and it does several amazing jobs. Without our digestive system we could not function. Actually if part of it is not working properly there are medical interventions that can help but for a normal life a good healthy digestive system is quite important. Here are some random facts about the digestive system that you may or may not know. Warning some of these may be gross.

The digestive track is an amazing thing and it does several amazing jobs.  Without our digestive system we could not function. Actually if part of it is not working properly there are medical interventions that can help but for a normal life a good healthy digestive system is quite important.  Here are some random facts about the digestive system that you may or may not know.  Warning some of these may be gross.

Several parts of your digestive system are all curled up, but if you were to spread them all out they would be 5 to 6 times the length of your body. 

The human stomach can hold up to 32 z of food or liquid.  Any more than that and it needs to get rid of it somehow. 

The majority of your feces is made up of water, 3/4 to be exact.

Speaking of poo, not all of it comes from food and water, some of it comes from dead skin, mucus, and bacteria. YUK!

The lining of your stomach is lined with something that is called rugae.  Rugae which are ripply flaps and folds that line the stomach.  This rugae also contains little holes that squirt out acid that helps to break up food.  They are also quite stretchy so when we eat too much they can accommodate it. 

Your esophogus has a sphincter It is a muscle that is shaped like a ring.  It opens up to let food in to your stomach but closes up afterwards to keep the food inside your stomach while it is digested.  Only a powerful thrust from the stomach muscles can push food back through it this is when we throw up. 

An empty stomach is very small but it will stretch to accommodate food. 

After your food has gone throught the stomach and is all gross and gooey it then slides through a tube that squirts it in the small intestines. 

Poo is brown because it contains bile.  Bile breaks up fat in your food.  I could go in to more detail but I won't. 

If you throw up frequently the acid that comes up with the vomit will eventually damage your teeth. 

Eating lots of fiber makes it easier to have a bowel movement because it makes your poo bigger and softer which makes it easier to push out of the body. 

There you go some interesting things about the digestive system. I warned you that some of them would be gross.

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