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

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 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 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 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 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 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
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Boardman
General Surgery 26 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 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
A Verified Doctoranswered
Trauma Surgery 51 years experience
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 45 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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
Psychiatry 29 years experience
peristalsis: Peristaltic movements move the food in process throughout intestine. They are a normal phenomenon with certain characteristics.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 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 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Sausage: Expect resolution in a day so. Even objects like pins usually pass through gi tract without incident.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: That's exactly how it works, in a very simplistic way. It is a complicated process, but that is just how we get nutrients from foods and fluid into o... Read More