Why do we have to contract our throat when swallowing water? I mean it could just slide right down to our tummies.

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Why do we have to contract our throat when swallowing water? I mean it could just slide right down to our tummies.

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Our nom nom hole is shared with our breathing hole. Contracting our throat makes sure whatever we eat doesn’t go down our breathing hole (there’s a flap called the epiglottis that will cover it when we swallow). The contractions also ensure that food and drink only goes one-way to the stomach and not back up.

The pipe to our food (esophagus) and pipe for breathing (trachea) are both connected to the throat.

When you need to swallow, you close this little flap called the epiglottis, which blocks the breathing passage until you’re done swallowing.

It can be done, have you even seen one of those videos where people empty a whole bottle of water in like 1s? that what they’re doing, but talking from experience cause I’ve done it before it’s a scary thing to do cause if it goes wrong and into your lungs that would be pretty bad

Basically, 2 things

1. You don’t wanna breathe in what you’re drinking/eating. Both your stomach, and your lungs connect at the throat. Lungs are for air only.
2. You also don’t want anything in your stomach accidentally working its way back up. You ever taste your own vomit? Not pleasant.

When you swallow a flap blocks the airway and food and drink goes down the right pipe. Once in a great while you fuck up and breathe in at the same time leaving you coughing and hacking spraying whomever is in front of you with soda, liquid, or fresh chewed particulate food matter.

If you get seriously injured, stroke, etc or even simply old age you can lose this ability to block your airway. If you don’t already have one then they will put in a tube that goes through your nose to your stomach to give you substance. If it appears you’ll never gain your ability to swallow then they’ll put what is called a peg tube directly through your abdomen into your stomach and sustain you that way.