Parts of the Digestive System
This includes eliminatingcertain kinds of products from the diet. For example: GERD – eliminating or decreasing the amount of caffeine in the diet is helpful. Eating small frequent meals, not eating close to bedtime and avoiding alcohol at nightalso helps. Celiac disease -eliminating gluten is the treatment although regular check ups are crucial as well. Our digestive system has what is called theEnteric nervous system which consists ofmillionsof neurons and neural synapses just like our brain.
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It serves as a protective covering and secretes serous fluid so that the abdominal organs can move freely within the abdomen. Accessory Organs The digestive system also consists of accessory organs including the salivary glands, gallbladder, liver, and pancreas. Salivary glands secrete saliva into the mouth. Saliva contains enzymes that begin chemical digestion. Saliva also contains mucus which moistens food and makes it easier to move through the alimentary canal. Bile contains salts that break down fats in food. The liver makes bile and stores it in the gallbladder.
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