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Picture Your Digestive System


Updated July 26, 2014

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Your Liver, Gallbladder and Pancreas
Picture Your Digestive System

The liver, gallbladder and pancreas all play an important role in the digestion of food. The liver produces bile, which is then stored in the gallbladder. Bile is then released into the small intestine as needed, where it dissolves fat so that it can be absorbed into the body.

The pancreas secretes bicarbonate, which neutralizes the hydrochloric acid from the stomach, as well as helping to break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats.

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