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Fiber : Maintaining a diet which is high in fiber, ensure adequate fluid intake, and regular physical activity, i.e. Walking, all can help good digestion. Also, if you take certain medications, these can affect digestion, so if you are doing all of the above healthy activities and having problems with digestion, discuss with your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sure we can...: ...but you're going to have to be more specific as to your symptoms, signs, medical conditions, drugs tried, tests performed with results in order to get a directed response. ...Read more
What is the latest time by which one should wrap up dinner. From a healthy digestion perspective. Thanks.
Depends on schedule&: This depends entirely on when you go to sleep. It is best to eat no later than about 3 hours before bedtime if possible, as it takes about that long to digest your food and you will get better rest if you are done digesting your dinner before you go to sleep. This is not absolute- it depends on the size of the meal, what you ate and how well you digest it! ...Read more
Yes: Chewing food into smaller pieces and allowing the digestive enzymes to more effectively process the food is better for you for lots of reasons. ...Read more
Transit Time: Digestion depends on food being in contact with digestive secretions and the intestinal surface long enough to be broken down and absorbed. Things like lactose intolerance, infections and food poisoning speed up transit time and things like opiate painkillers, old age, inactivity and lack of fiber prolong transit time. ...Read more
What are you asking?: What are you experiencing that suggests "mal"-digestion is present? You question will be better answered if we can hear from you: 1) your bowel habits (have these changed)?; 2) food intolerances noted; 3) unwanted weight loss/gain?; 4) co-morbidties (are you diabetic, on medications that alter digestion)?; 5) appetite/fullness; 6) bleeding; 7) symptoms that cause you to feel digestion is impaired? ...Read more
Why do you want to: Gain weight? At your age, if you are otherwise healthy, being skinny is not a disease. Deliberately gaining weight by overeating is likely to do harm. Eat a mixed diet of fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, legumes, beans, lentils, low fat milk products; limit intake of saturated fats. Exercise regularly. Above all do not obsess about being skinny. ...Read more
Work with doctor: Work with your own doctor on any problems with digestion. You will need to give your entire history and be examined, because "problems with digestion" can mean so many different things. Your doctor will also need to check some lab work with you, and possibly suggest changes with the food you're eating. ...Read more
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