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What are the functions of a healthy gastrointestinal system?

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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