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Go find out — about your “guts”!

guts; go; find; out; intestines;

    Here is a topic that can help you find out more about your guts.


“Have you got the guts to do that?”

“It was a gut instinct to jump to safety before the track gave way”.

“He felt bad in his guts”.

“She felt gutted when she didn’t make the team”.

We often hear people talk about their “guts” but what are they?

Well they are a very important part of our bodies. And yes we may feel pain or a kind of hollow feeling in our insides if we get caught doing something we shouldn’t, feel bad about something and are a bit scared .

Intestines - your guts!

Everything you eat and drink goes into your mouth where your saliva and your teeth start to break it down and soften it so that it is easier to swallow. Then all the way down your "guts" things that we need from food pass from the stomach and intestines, and things that our body needs to get rid of pass into our gut.

Read the topic Intestines - your guts to find out how your amazing body sends all the good stuff from your food to where it is needed by different parts of your body. 

Now try to answer these questions.

1. Which is longer, the small intestine or the large intestine?
2. What is peristalsis?
3. Where would you find the duodenum?
4. Where does the large intestine end?
5. Name 3 ways in which you can keep your “guts” healthy?  

The digestive system - powering up your body

Now you know how food and liquid move through your body. But, what happens at each stage of the journey?

Read the topic The digestive system – powering up your body. Then see if you can answer these questions.

1. How does saliva help you to eat?
2. What stops food going down your trachea? [windpipe]
3. What is the oesophagus? [oss-off-a-gus]
4. Name two jobs done by the gastric juices in the stomach.
5. Name 3 ways in which you can help your body to be a fuel efficient ‘machine’.

Your waste disposal system

Now you know how your digestive system works taking out all the good stuff that your body needs and sending it off to where it is needed. Once all the good stuff has been taken out the body needs to get rid of what it doesn’t want.

Read the topic Your body's waste disposal system and then see if you can answer these questions.

 what can happen

1. How does the ‘good stuff’ (e.g. vitamins) get into the blood stream from the intestines?
2. Bacteria in the gut help the body do 3 things. What are they?
3. Your kidneys act as a filter to separate any more good stuff from the liquid it gets from the bowels, then sends what’s left to the bladder as u----.
4. Your lungs breathe in air to take in oxygen then breathe out which gas?
5. What should you always do after going to the bathroom and before handling food?

Answers to the questions

Intestines - your guts

1. Small intestine
2. Muscles in the muscle wall of the intestines squeezing the food you have eaten slowly along.
3. Duodenum is between the stomach and small intestine.
4. Rectum and anus
5. Eat a healthy diet, drink water and exercise.

The digestive system - powering up your body

1. Saliva starts breaking down food so that it is easier to swallow.
2. The epiglottis shuts off the windpipe until you have swallowed - this stops food getting down into your lungs.
3. The oesophagus is the pipe which takes food down to the stomach.
4. Gastric juices in the stomach break down food into a more liquid form, and also can kill some germs which may have got into the food.
5. a. Drink water – it’s better for you than soft drinks.
    b. Eat healthy food and avoid too many sweet or fatty treats.
    c. Exercise

Your waste disposal system

1. Through the walls of the intestines.
2. a. break down food into smaller softer pieces,
    b. kill germs
    c. make some gases – including methane, hydrogen, hydrogen sulphide
3. Urine — [wee]
4. Carbon dioxide
5. Wash your hands

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We've provided this information to help you to understand important things about staying healthy and happy. However, if you feel sick or unhappy, it is important to tell your mum or dad, a teacher or another grown-up.


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