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.


Plenty of theories exist for why drinking an entire gallon of milk in one sitting is a challenge often undertaken, infrequently accomplished. Who's right?

From killer sausages to canceling crows' feet, botulinum toxin has come a long way. Botoxwurst, anyone?

Opioids can make your insides skid to a slow crawl. That's a problem when you consider nearly 250 million opioid prescriptions were written in 2013 by CDC estimates.

You always wanted to eat electricity right? Now you can, and it might even provide a health benefit.

Scientists discover that using a feed additive can decrease cow burps by 30 percent, vastly reducing greenhouse gas.

Smelling fecal matter is gross enough, so the possibility that tiny bits of poop are actually getting into your nose is outright disgusting.

Tiny little babies are so sweet and cuddly. That is until you have to change their poopy diaper. What in the world is it that makes their poop so foul?

We all pass gas, but not all of us like to talk about it — or study it to figure out how quickly it travels out of the body.

We're taught that it's impolite to pass gas in front of others, but could holding it in cause you health problems?

Everybody poops, and everybody passes gas. And guess what? Neither smell good. We'll explain why.

You're at cruising altitude, on your way (finally) to your vacation destination, when you realize that your bloated feeling is about transform into an assault on your seat mates. Why does this always seem to happen?

Of course we all know how to poop. But you might be missing out on a faster, healthier, more efficient way to do it.

Burping can be gross, but imagine the chaos if all of that gas built up and your stomach exploded. Could it happen?

It's not a common occurrence by any means, but for people with certain conditions, straining to poop can have deadly consequences.

Everybody vomits on occasion, but often the urge comes at the most inopportune times. Wouldn't it be helpful if there was a way to suppress it?

Accusing vegetarians of having smellier farts is pretty offensive. Do you need to know if you have any vegetarian guests for more than just menu planning?

According to the famed children's book "Everybody Poops," well, everybody poops. But does everyone poop every day? And what happens if you don't?

Want to keep your body running like a well-oiled machine? Step aside, expensive shakes and supplements -- water's the thing your bod craves most.

Have you ever seen something so gross it made you want to puke? Or actually puke? Your caveman brain might be trying to protect you. Find out why nasty things make our stomachs churn.

The average person passes a good amount of gas — in the form of burps and farts — every day. Some foods, as you're surely aware, can increase this amount quite a bit. Why do some foods cause more internal turbulence than others?

Flatulence is funny, but there's actually some pretty interesting stuff going on in your body to cause it. After reading these 10 facts, you may never look at airplane travel the same way.

Avoid bloating this bathing suit season by taking these bloating tips to heart and looking great in your slimmest bathing suit!

Sometimes people choose not to eat for religious, political or health reasons. It's called fasting, and it's been popular for thousands of years. What effects does fasting have on the body? Is it safe?

Whether you call it grumbling, gurgling or growling, sometimes your belly just won't keep quiet. What makes your stomach growl, and why does it seem to happen at the worst times?

Silica packets most likely contain silica gel or some other desiccant -- something that absorbs (collects) and holds water vapor. What would happen if you put that gel in your mouth?