What is the digestive tract?

Sanjay Krishnan
Sanjay Krishnan on behalf of MDLIVE
The digestive tract is the part of our bodies that helps in the digestion of food. This starts with the mouth as we ingest food all the way to our rectum where we expel our waste and everything in between as our food travels through its long journey! This includes from our mouth to our esophagus (food pipe), then to our stomach, on to our small intestine, then large intestine which our rectum is the end where waste is expelled.

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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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