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Human Digestive System
Functions
• Ingest food
• Break down food
• Move through digestive tract
• Absorb digested food and water
• Eliminates waste materials
Mouth
• Breaks down food into small pieces
• Begins starch digestion
• Saliva produces amylase and lubricates food
• Moves food into esophagus
• Peristalsis moves food to stomach
Salivary Glands
Stomach
• First opening – cardiac sphincter
• Muscles churn food – more mechanical
digestion.
• Food leaves after 2-4 hrs
• Second opening – pyloric sphincter
Stomach
Small Intestine
• Digestion is finished here
• Peristalsis finishes mechanical
digestion
• Pancreatic juice produces enzymes to
finish chemical digestion of fats,
proteins and carbohydrates
Small intestine
Large Intestine
• Absorbs water
• Bacteria live here
• Bacteria produce B vitamins and Vitamin K
• Stores solid waste in rectum until elimination.
Large intestine
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