What are the functions of a healthy gastrointestinal system?

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A healthy gastrointestinal (GI) system breaks down food into useable parts and absorbs nutrients and water from the food. A healthy GI system also eliminates the waste left over from the food we've digested. Other functions of the GI system include producing hormones unrelated to digestion, removing toxins from the blood, and metabolizing drugs.

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Digestive Diseases

Digestive diseases, also known as gastrointestinal diseases, are disorders that affect your esophagus, stomach and small and large intestines. The symptoms of digestive diseases vary widely depending on which part of your digestiv...

e system is affected. Generally symptoms can be blood in your stool, a change in bowel habits, pain, weight loss or heartburn that is not relieved by antacids. See you doctor if you have any of these signs of digestive disease.
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