The Importance of Bowel Function

The intestine is divided into two major sections: small intestine and large intestine. The small intestine is about 6 meters (20 feet) long and the large intestine has a larger width but is only 1.5 meters (5 feet) long. The small and large intestines perform different functions. The small intestine is where the most extensive part of digestion occurs. Most food products are absorbed in the small intestine. The large intestine is responsible for absorption of water and excretion of solid waste material. Food and waste material are moved along the length of the

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