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What is digestion?

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Digestion is how your body turns food you eat into nutrients it uses for energy, growth, and cell repair. The digestive tract (or gastrointestinal tract) is a long twisting tube that starts at your mouth and ends at your anus. It's made up of a series of muscles that coordinate the movement of food and other cells that make enzymes and hormones to break down food. Along the way are three other organs that are needed for digestion: your liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.

From: The Digestive System WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (Division of NIDDK/NIH). American Medical Association.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 21, 2018

SOURCES: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (Division of NIDDK/NIH). American Medical Association.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 21, 2018

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