25 Fun Facts About The Human Digestive System You Probably Didn’t Know

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Have you ever wondered how your body is able to process the food you eat? Believe it or not, the digestion system is highly complex with lots of working parts. Of course, without it, there’s no way for you to receive energy or survive. However, it also clears waste and filters out toxins. It’s an indispensable part of your body, so why not learn more about it? Here are 25 Fun Facts About The Human Digestive System You Probably Didn’t Know.


25

Food takes about seven seconds to travel down the esophagus.

esophagusSource: http://www.wisegeek.com
24

The small intestine is 22 feet long, while the large intestine is only 6 feet.

intestineSource: https://www.livescience.com
23

The entire digestive system from the mouth to the anus is 30 feet long.

digestiveSource: http://www.newsmax.com
22

Your stomach uses hydrochloric acid to break down food and produces a mucus to protect itself from it.

Hydrochloric_acid_03Source: http://health.howstuffworks.com
21

The small intestine has three parts: the Duodenum, Jejunum, and Ileum.

small intestineSource: http://www.webmd.com


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