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    The Digestive System: How It Works

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    Imagine that you have been asked to provide an explanation about the structure and function of this system to the general public, perhaps a group of senior citizens who want to learn more about normal functions of the human body as well as health concerns.

    You will be providing the seniors with an informative handout. In this handout you will cover the following topics:

    1) Describe the general function of the system and explain how the organ system contributes to physiological homeostasis of the organism?

    2) Explain how the organ system interacts with other organ systems in the human body.

    3) List the organs in this system and state the function of each organ listed.

    4) Select one representative organ in this system. Describe its structure and explain how the structure relates to the specific function of the organ. When describing the structure, include details about the types of cells in the organ as well as the types of tissues.

    5) Name a disease associated with this organ system and explain how it affects the system and human health

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    Digestive System

    1) Describe the general function of the system and explain how the organ system contributes to physiological homeostasis of the organism?

    The general function of the system is to obtain nutrients from the foods we eat. This allows your body to get substances needed for cell process. For example, the enzymes used in your digestive tract break down the starch you eat into glucose. Your cells use the glucose for the process of respiration. One way your digestive system maintains homeostasis is in the large intestine. Here, excess water in undigested food it absorbed. The amount absorbed depends on your bodies needs at the time.

    2) Explain how the organ system interacts with other organ systems in the human body.

    Your digestive system works directly with ...

    Solution Summary

    In about 460 words, including three references, the function of the digestive system and particular organs are discussed. Additionally, Crohn's disease is discussed as an example of a disease associated with the digestive tract.

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