The digestion process – What happens to your food as it travels through your body until it exits?

May 17, 2010

Thanks to McGraw Hill, you can watch and learn all about the process of digestion and what happens throughout your body!

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JHR July 12, 2010 at 12:34 pm

I never knew there was so much involved in digestion. this video was very easy for me to “get”. I now understand the meaning of ” something went down the wrong pipe”


SDS July 5, 2010 at 12:42 am

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The first video, β€œThe digestion process – What happens to your food as it travels through your body until it exits?” I liked this video because it was very simple and easy to understand, especially for someone like me who has no formal background on this particular subject.

I was unaware of some of the internal body parts that were discussed in the video. I had no knowledge of the purpose/function of soft palates, which is to stop food from entering into the nasal cavity. Also, the purpose/function of the epiglottis, which prevents food from entering into the respiratory system.

This video was very intriguing and it leaves me wondering what bad shape we would all be in without these internal body parts.


LNS July 1, 2010 at 12:10 pm

This was a very enjoyable video. I have learned alot more about the digestion system than what I did know!!! I just always thought it all happen in the stomach and that’s it everything else was a passage way


JHR July 12, 2010 at 12:32 pm

I thought the exact same thing!! Learn something new everyday I guess


ARB June 6, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I really enjoyed this video. It gave a very effective animation of the digestive process. My favorite part was the way it showed the food pass through the upper esoughageal sphincter and the displacement of the epiglottis.


MCS May 31, 2010 at 12:14 am

I always wondered what that thing at that back of my mouth was called! I now know its the pharnyx. I also had no clue there were so many different parts of the small and large intestines. Very interesting.


MEL May 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm

This video was a great diagram of how food is broken up an sent through the digestive system. There isn’t just one process but rather many our body is designed for that allows food to be digested properly.


CET May 29, 2010 at 10:05 pm

This video cleared some things up for me. In my Anatomy and Physiology class, we talked a lot about digestion, but I never fully understood how the soft palate and epiglottis worked to keep us from choking, only that they did. Actually being able to see it helped me understand a lot better.



RTP May 29, 2010 at 8:45 pm

This was a great video diagram for anyone who has never studied the digestive tract or for those who may not have see it in while to refresh. Although many of us don’t give it much thought, the digestive system is very complex and it is very intesting to see how it fuctions, along with other body systems, to make life possible.


SAF May 27, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Also I have a comment to make on Chrones. I know it is a very bad disease and I know a friend who has it and he is only sixteen. Why is it that they say it runs in familes? Does anyone know?


SAF May 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I thought it was cool how the human body has the ascending, transverse and descending colon. I know when I took anatomy the cat didn’t have those parts.



LMM May 27, 2010 at 2:19 pm

This video makes it very easy to understand the basics of digestion. However, I didn’t know your stomach “churned” to help break down the food more. It reminded me of an empty stomach “growling” =).


RTP May 29, 2010 at 8:47 pm

I think that growling sound is when air gets in there because there is no food to displace it.


CLT May 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I never knew that saliva had an importance.



MCS May 31, 2010 at 12:17 am

I didn’t either. Makes me wonder what they put in gum to keep it from breaking down??


QAL May 26, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I thought that is was interesting how everything works in the body as the food moves to different areas. It was amazing that as the food moves down into the stomach and into hydrochloric acid the stomach churns to digest the food. I guess I never stopped to think about how many aspects it is in my digestion.


CET May 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Yea, the body is an amazing thing. Everything has been designed to work together to keep us healthy and alive.


Jessica Brinsfield May 26, 2010 at 6:06 pm

The video was very helpful. I did not know that When I swallow something
and it goes down that the epiglottis is there to keep it from going to the lungs. I understand now why they say “It went down the wrong pipe.” because it really does. amazing. I also learned that when it hits the stomach that it breaks down by using the hydrocloric acid and then my stomach functions as a mixer to further break down the food. then on to the the small intistine with the aid of the pancrease and liver helping to seperate the good from the bad keeping the good by sending it through out my body giving me nutrients to live and stay healthy and the bad sent on to the large intistine absorbing salt and water working it’s way through as it works it’s way out. very informative.


LMM May 27, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I know what you mean about the epiglottis. This video made it easy to see how something could “go down the wrong pipe” because if you take a breath in, that epiglottis opens…making room for food or liquids to get in. Its so interesting how it all plays a role together.


AAA May 26, 2010 at 5:39 pm

I think I may have had a moment, but I really only thought perstalsis occured in the intestines. That was a refresher or reinforcement for me.


Beth Mcraven May 26, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Well, my first thought was thank goodness for the soft palate and it’s preventing food from entering into the nasal cavity and then there was the epiglotis, which thankfully, blocks food particles from entering the respiratory system. Just “flaps” of tissue that perform such an important function. Are the soft palate or epiglotis ever permantely damaged and if so, since it is an involuntary reaction is there anyway for either to be repaired?
I also never realized or do not recall ever learning that the small intestine is where the most nutritional absorption occurs. Both my father and step-mother have Chrone’s disease. Is the small or large intestine affected by Chrones? I venture a guess that it would be the small and this is why it can be so dangerous? Not recieving the nutrients your body requires?


QAL May 27, 2010 at 8:55 am

I agree that the flaps of tissue serve a very important function in the beginning of our digestion. Also, I never knew what Chrone’s disease affected in the body.


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