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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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Why do some foods give you gas?

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?

10 Fascinating Facts About Flatus

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.

5 Best and Worst Ways to Battle Belly Bloat

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

How Fasting Works

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?

Why does my stomach growl?

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?

What if I ate the silica packets marked "do not eat"?

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?

How the Digestive System Works

What happens to your lunch after you eat it? As you read this, your digestive system is hard at work, taking it on a wild ride through your body.

If I couldn't get rid of gas in any way, would I explode?

People expel gas by either burping or flatulating. Although it's an embarrassing thing to have happen, it's also a necessity. But what would happen if you just couldn't pass the gas?

Healthy Digestion

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

How does your stomach keep from digesting itself?

Ever wondered how your stomach acid knows the difference between your stomach and the food inside it?

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