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How does a healthy digestive system work?

A healthy digestive system begins working when food is eaten. After food has been chewed and swallowed, it travels down the esophagus, or food pipe, and into the stomach where it’s mashed up into small pieces. The useful parts of food travel into the bloodstream to be used by the cells. And the rest goes through the intestines to be expelled as a bowel movement.

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