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The throat is a complex part of the body that has several functions and associated with many different structures. The throat is a passageway that rests in the back of the mouth. It is linked to several different systems of the body. It is a part of the respiratory system, digestive system, and affects the voice. You can even say your tonsils are housed in the throat. Without a throat, we would be in trouble. It is a part of the body that is sometimes overlooked, but it has tremendous importance. Something as trivial as a sore throat can affect the whole body and make you feel miserable. The throat is susceptible to many kinds of infections and disease. It is important to be careful of the things you put in your mouth.  A healthy throat makes for healthy living.

The throat is a passage that rests in front of the cervical spine. It contains many blood vessels and houses a major artery. The carotid artery supplies oxygen to the head and the neck. Any cut to the throat is serious and can be lethal. If the carotid artery is cut, there is no oxygen flow to the brain and death is imminent if the bleeding is not stopped. With the throat being associated with so many different systems, to understand the full function of the throat, you have to be familiar with the different systems.

Your Digestive System

The digestive system is the organ systems in the body whose purpose is to break down the food you put into your mouth. When you eat, the food hits the tongue. The tongue assists in chewing, tasting and swallowing. Once food enters the throat, a host of muscles helps propel the food down into the esophagus. These muscles all work together to allow for swallowing. Any malfunction of the muscles can cause dysphagia (difficulty swallowing).  In the throat are two important structures, the epiglottis, and the esophagus. Since the throat houses both the esophagus and trachea, the epiglottis is crucial. The epiglottis is a flap that covers the trachea when eating to prevent water and food from entering the lungs.


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