Do you know how as wastes navigate the large intestine? If not, it’s time to take a tour of your digestive system! As wastes are digested and absorbed through the small intestine, they enter the large intestine. They then have to pass through three important features:
– The ileocecal valve
– The cecum
– The rectum
The ileocecal valve is a sphincter-like structure that connects the small intestine to the large. The cecum is an enlargement of the colon where as wastes are stored before being processed by bacteria in the lower part of your digestive tract, and finally enters into your rectum for elimination from your body.
This is as far as the wastes can go before they leave your body.
As you would have guessed, this part of the digestive tract serves a very important function in human digestion and elimination!
– The ileocecal valve: it opens up to allow digested food from the small intestine into the large intestine. This allows for easier absorption and movement of wastes through your colon via peristalsis.
-The cecum: one of two parts that make up what’s called “the ascending colon”, which moves upwards towards your right side of your abdomen, or liver/spleen region. It also stores wastes until bacteria breaks them down further later on in lower regions (like where stool enters).
-The ileocecal valve: as mentioned earlier, this is the area where food enters from your small intestine and into your large intestine. It’s another point of “checkpoint” that safeguards against any potential problems with digestion (such as having too much food in your system).
Ultimately, it takes wastes about one day to complete a full cycle through the entire GI tract. One way to get an idea on how long they last inside you? Well, think back to when you ate lunch yesterday…that meal didn’t just magically disappear!
They also pass through all five parts of your digestive tract.
-Starting at the mouth (it first has to travel down past the throat), then stomach/esophagus, small intestine, large intestine (that’s right where stool enters), and finally rectum.
-The digestive tract is a long tube that starts at your mouth and ends with an opening called the anus. Inside of this tube are two main parts: *the esophagus (which carries food from your mouth to your stomach) and the intestines or “guts” (a series of loops which absorb water from food). There are also other parts like your appendix, liver, gallbladder etc., but they don’t have any major role in digestion. In order for you to digest all of the food that enters your mouth, it must first go through all five parts of your digestive tract.
-The large intestine is one such part and where wastes navigate as they are finally eliminated from the body.
-As food moves through your digestive system, it undergoes a lot of changes -it’s broken down into smaller pieces and absorbed for nutrients then stored or excreted. It takes time to digest all this daily intake; luckily you can eat less at one sitting without feeling hungry because of the pace in which digestion occurs.
-The large intestine is about five feet long and has three main parts: the cecum (a pouch that stores stool), colon (reservoir) and rectum/anus (exit). The largest function of these organs is storing wastes until elimination happens when we go to the toilet.
-The organs are wrapped around each other and form an S shape. The cecum is on the right side under your ribcage, then it wraps leftward to meet the colon. As wastes navigate down this tube, they pass through different regions:
*the ascending region where water leaves as well as bile from the liver and digestive juices
*the transverse or horizontal region which absorbs fluids
*the descending part where most of digestion occurs -where amino acids break down into proteins for cells; fats become fatty acids that can be stored in adipose tissue (leaves) or burned off as fuel; sugars turn into either glucose that feeds cells throughout our body -or fructose used by some bacteria to produce lactic acid, which helps break down food
*the sigmoid colon where the appendix sits. The appendix is a part of the immune system and often gets inflamed if you eat something that doesn’t agree with you.
– As wastes navigate this tube, they pass through many regions:
*The ascending region -where water leaves as well as bile from liver and digestive juices;
*Transverse or horizontal region -which absorbs fluids;
*The descending portion where most digestion occurs -where amino acids breakdown into proteins for cells, fats become fatty acids that may be stored in adipose tissue (leaves) or burned off as fuel, sugars turn to either glucose that feeds cells throughout our body -or fructose that feeds the liver, and
*The Sigmoid region -which is shaped like a s-shape.