The digestive system breaks food down into nutrients.


Flash | The digestive system
by The Children’s University of Manchester


The digestive process starts in the mouth.
We chew food with our teeth and mix the food with saliva.


Our tongue pushes the food around our mouth to the oesophagus.
The oesophagus is a tube that connects the mouth and the stomach.


The food travels down the oesophagus to the stomach.
The stomach is like a mixer.
It uses gastric juices to turn the food into a thick liquid.


The thick liquid travels to the small intestine.
The small intestine breaks down the food mixture even more.


The liver and the pancreas send juices to the small intestine.
So that the body can now absorb the nutrients in the food.


The remains of the food go the large intestine.


The remains finally leave the body through the anus.

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