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Many complex systems make up the body, most of which the average person takes for granted. In the case of the digestive system, a general knowledge of how it operates and its purpose can provide a better understanding of overall health and well-being. While the digestive system includes multiple organs, the small intestine is one of the most important components of digestive processes and health.

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1. The small intestine is the longest digestive organ.

The name “small” intestine is misleading considering the organ is around twenty feet long. The name comes from the fact that this portion is narrower than the large intestine. The length of the small intestine makes sense, considering it has one of the most important jobs in the entire GI tract, which consists of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, and anus. Digestive health is dependent on all of these organs working in harmony to ensure proper nutrient absorption and waste removal.

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