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Digestive System

The digestive system is in charge of absorbing and transporting nutrients your body needs in order to thrive -- and it gets rid of all the waste the body doesn't need. Discover how saliva breaks down the food you eat and more.

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Healthy Digestion

Healthy digestion involves the whole body. Learn about the processes and body parts that go into digestion.


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