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How long does it take for food to move through the digestive system

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Variable: Amount of time between eating food and processing entirely to defecation varies between people a lot. It takes 6-8 hours for food to through stomach a... Read More

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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
In a normal person: without any prior surgeries or GI diseases, about 60 90 minutes from the mouth thru the small intestine to reach the colon and then another 24-36 hour... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
Psychiatry 28 years experience
peristalsis: Peristaltic movements move the food in process throughout intestine. They are a normal phenomenon with certain characteristics.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Varies: In a good state of health most babies will have a transit time from 3-5 days. If constipated, it can be longer, if diarrhea it could be less than an h... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Peristalsis: Rhythmic wavelike squeezing and relaxiation from the mouth to the anus
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Rogers
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Food route: chew in mouth, stomach mixes and meters out into duodenum and then into small intestine for absorption. The residual makes it into the right part of ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
"Cure" for diarrhea: First define the problem (do you have soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea developed (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Boardman
General Surgery 25 years experience
Parts of GI system: The GI system start with the mouth and teeth. This is where digestion begins. The food is the swallowed and taken to the stomach via the esophagus. In... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Following a meal,: Transit time through the small intestine is anywhere from 45 minute to 90 minutes; then transit time through the colon normally is 24-36 hours. This w... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nadia Ghattas
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Chronic diarrhea : 4 year old with chronic diarrhea, is he gaining any weight or grawing? Any workup done? This could be a malabsorption disrsese, a gastroentrologis... Read More

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