The roles and functions of the digestive system

Health and Digestion

The roles and functions of the digestive system

The human digestive system is made up of a series of organs that help to convert and breakdown food into essential nutrients to be absorbed, while eliminating waste material from the body.

Normal functioning of our digestive system is crucial to our well-being and health, as poor digestion could impact nutrient breakdown and our metabolism, thus affecting its nourishment and waste management functions.

There are multiple roles of our digestive system, namely:

Roles of our digestive system


It is a source of food and water for the body’s activities and development


It is a source of food and water for the body’s activities and development


It has a close relationship and direct influence on the development of the nervous system


It is the largest immune organ of the body with the most lymphocytes, and acts as a barrier that protects the body against external pathogenic factors

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