How long are your intestines?

How long are your intestines?

Your guts are longer than you think!

How long do you think your intestines are? Have a guess! The answer is after the picture...

Intestines bus

Your intestines are 6.5 metres long. That's nearly as long as a double decker bus!

Measure and cut a piece of string that's 6.5 metres long. Will the string stretch all the way around your bed? Will it stretch across one of the rooms in your house?

Your intestines are made up of the small intestine and large intestine.

After food is churned up in your stomach, a muscle at the end of your stomach squirts small amounts of food into the top of your small intestine.

As food is squeezed along the small intestine, it is broken down into even smaller parts. Most of the nutrients in your food pass through the lining of your small intestine into your blood.

Anything that can't be absorbed into the blood goes into the large intestine. Water is reabsorbed in the large intestine...everything else comes out as poo!

Want to know more about poo? Go to Ew, poo!

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