Small Intestine

What does it do?

Its job is to break down food and to absorb nutrients.

How does it work?

Enzymes from the pancreas and gallbladder help break down food. Leftover waste is moved into the large intestine to be removed from the body.

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  2. Your Digestive System & How it Works. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Published December 2017. Accessed December 10, 2020.