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Your Digestive System

The digestive system converts food into energy. The food we swallow enters the esophagus, which is a tube-like structure. The food enters the stomach from the esophagus, where it is partially digested. Then, the food passes through the small intestine, where the nutrient absorption takes place. The digested food and fibers reach the colon where the rest of the nutrients are absorbed and form stool. The stool is stored in the last part of the colon which is known as Sigmoid colon and rectum. Finally, the stool is excreted from the anus. This process of waste removal is called bowel movement.

Bowel movement is the body’s natural way of excreting the waste. The muscles in the walls of the intestine contracts and relaxes that pushes the digested food. The normal bowel function can range from 1 bowel movement per day to 3 bowel movements per week.