Large Intestine Facts

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
The large intestine is the last stop of the digestive tracts.
Let's learn about the large intestines.

  • After passing through the small intestine food travels into the large intestine.
  • Your large intestine is roughly 9 feet in length but gets its name because it has a larger diameter than the small intestine.
  • Your large intestine is also called the colon.
  • The large intestine is divided into several sections.
  • The beginning section is called the cecum.
  • Food from the small intestine travels to the cecum.
  • The cecum is a little like a pouch and receives the food material the ileum section of the small intestine.
  • From the cecum, food travels upward into the ascending colon.
  • Water and salt are absorbed in the colon.
  • The horizontal section of the large intestine is called the transverse colon.
  • After traveling across the transversal colon food descends into the descending colon.
  • The feces is stored in the sigmoid until it travels to the rectum and then exits the body.
  • One of the main jobs of the large intestine is to absorb water and salt.
  • In addition, vitamin K is produced in the colon with the help of bacteria.
  • Vitamin K helps your blood clot, builds your bones, and aids in keeping correct insulin levels.
  • Your large intestine is home to billions of bacteria.


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