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Your digestive system takes in food, breaks it down into the nutrients and energy your body needs, and then gets rid of the waste. Most of your digestive system is a long tube that runs from your mouth to your rectum. This "tube" includes your esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Your digestive system also includes organs that help digestion, such as the pancreas and liver.
The major parts of your digestive system are your:
Digestive problems may include:
Some digestive problems, such as ulcerative colitis, can't be prevented. But you can do a lot to prevent other problems or make them better. Most of these things also promote a healthy lifestyle.
Current as of: March 22, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
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