The digestive system is system in the body which breaks down and absorbs food. It includes a number of organs. The broken down food is used to produce energy for the body, help the body grow and develop and rid the body of unnecessary food components.
The digestive system is a long tube which includes the mouth, teeth, tongue, esophagus, stomach, large and small intestine and anus. In addition to these organs, there are a number of ‘external’ organs that supply fluid to the digestive system, helping to break down food. These organs include the pancreas and the gallbladder.
There are a number of diseases and medical conditions which can affect the functionality of the digestive system. Click on one of the links below to learn more.