Food in the mouth is mixed with saliva; saliva begins to dissolve the food as the teeth grind and cut it. Food is forced back into the throat, pharynx, by the tongue. Food in the pharynx stimulates the swallowing reflex. The larynx is pulled upward to meet the epiglottis and seal off the trachea.
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What Does Your Digestive System Do?
Chewing your food allows you to move the food into the back of your throat for swallowing. “The esophagus is a muscular tube that delivers food from the mouth to the stomach,” says Koch. Your esophagus is about 10 inches long. The stomach. “The stomach is an expandable receiving chamber,” says Koch. “You can think of it as a powerful yet gentle mill that grinds your food down to millions of tiny pieces for hours after you eat even though you don’t feel a thing.” Small intestine.
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