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Everything that you put in your mouth and swallow, from food to medicines to liquids, is processed within your digestive system. Your digestive system breaks down foods that you eat into their simplest forms, like glucose (sugar), amino acids (that make up protein) or fatty acids (that make up fats). These are then absorbed into your bloodstream from the small intestine and the nutrients are carried to each cell in your body. Your body keeps what it needs and discards what it doesn’t need as waste products known as faeces or stools.
Your digestive tract starts at your mouth and ends up at your anus. Organs that are part of your digestive system include your stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver and large intestine. Each component of your digestive tract has a specific role in digestion. Maintaining a healthy digestive system is extremely important for your general health and well-being.
Pancreas - your pancreas is one of the largest glands in your body. As well as digestive juices, it secretes a hormone known as insulin that is important in the regulation of sugar in your bloodstream.
Healthy digestion is essential for your overall health and well-being. Generally, our digestive system lets us know if there is something that disagrees with it, i.e. eating foods that don’t agree with your body or drinking.