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The digestive process is one of the most spectacular functions of the human body. Each and every time we consume even the smallest piece of food, numerous organ systems come together to break it down and turn it into fuel. Even looking at or smelling something tasty releases a whole host of enzymes and hormones in anticipation of what’s to come. Much like our breath, which is automatic and functions without our input, the digestive system is a crucial and steady part of our everyday lives. In many ways, these intricate and faithful processes are why it is so important to be kind to and grateful for this vessel we call a body.

How can food effect mood? What exactly is going on down there, in the cauldron we call a stomach? How does our body turn food into fuel? Have a look at these fascinating and informative videos from the Ted-ed series to find out –