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What happens in the small intestine?

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What happens in the small intestine? Most of the process of digestion takes place in the small intestine. Food is broken down into simple substances that can be absorbed through the gut wall into the blood. Most of these food substances are carried in the blood to the liver, a large organ in your abdomen. The liver stores them until they are needed.

The liver has many other useful functions in cleaning the blood and removing old red blood cells.

It breaks them down into a greenish liquid called bile, which is used to help the body digest fats. The digestive processes in the small intestine and the rest of the digestive system depend upon having the right amount of acid or alkali present.

Food reaches the stomach where digestion begins in a corrosive mixture. Digestion continues in stages as the food moves along the intestines, bathed in digestive juices that break it down so nutrients can be absorbed.

Tags: digestion, food, process

Category: Education  - ( Education Archive)

Date Added: 21 December '11

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