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Anatomy Monday: GI Tract

We eat.

We Digest to extract and absorb energy and nutrients.

Our bodies are capable of amazing things.

Learn about your body. Protect it. Choose your food wisely.

You only get one body. There are no trade-ins.

 


 

 

26 December, 2016

Intestine Folding Pattern

While a baby is developing inside of mom, the intestines become relatively “too long” for the tiny baby, and actually extends outside of the abdomen in order to fully elongate. A specialized folding pattern then helps the small intestines and colon to properly situate within the child’s belly. You can see the pattern in this month’s featured image at the top of the blog post.

 

 

19 December, 2016

Ingest with food or not

We’ve all heard of “stomach acids.” There is a delicate balancing act that keeps this environment in check. It can be affected by the food we eat or even medications that we take. That’s why it is so important to follow the directions on a medicine’s bottle because “ingest with food” or “take on an empty stomach” could make the difference of your medicine working or not.

 

 

12 December, 2016

Food Goes Down

The pharynx is a specialized tube that connects your nasal and oral cavities to the esophagus. When we eat and swallow, 2 involuntary, yet important actions take place. First, the uvula blocks the food from flowing upwards into the nasopharynx. Followed by the epiglottis blocking off the trachea to prevent aspiration. So the next time your snort milk from laughing and drinking at the same time, or accidentally allow food to “go down the wrong pipe,” you know which body part to blame.

 

 

 

5 December, 2016

 

The Long Tract

The gastrointestinal tract is simply one long tube with specialized “pouches” along the way.  Food flows through your body in this order: mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestines, colon.  The entire tract is about 30 feet (9 meters) long.

 

 

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