The gastrointestinal system consists of a gastrointestinal tract and the organs that are connected to it. It starts with a hollow tube and includes oesophagus, stomach and small intestine, large intestine, rectum, and the anus. Salivary glands, liver and pancreas represent accessory organs as well as a gall bladder.
The function of the GI system is to process nutrients and energy from food and fluids that you ingest. To do this, the GI system first needs to break foods down or 'digest' them into their simplest forms.
The gastrointestinal system is designed to help an organism to process all the nutrients as well as energy from food and drinks consumed. It breaks down the food into small parts and makes it easier to derive energy from.
At the present moment about 15% of the population has got some gastrointestinal system related condition. However, most of the cases are undiagnosed as many people do not seek help. The condition is among the most wide-spread conditions that affect people in the states.
The symptoms of GI related conditions are the following: indigestion, heartburn, constipation, bloating as well as some others. They are treated by various methods and with regards to the severity of the illness. Many medications are available to deal with the symptoms.
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