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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stomach gurgling, liquid moving, someone's abrupt sound, esophagus tingling, saliva in throat mouth, feelings of digestion. Drank water, inside ok?

Stomach gurgling, liquid moving, someone's abrupt sound, esophagus tingling, saliva in throat mouth, feelings of digestion. Drank water, inside ok?

Reflux likely: Sounds to me like reflux. Take some malanta or maalox initially and see if it resolves. The symptoms should improve. You can also try tums (calcium carbonate). Ideally you should try to stay away from foods that cause reflux like coffee, chocolate, acidic foods, tomatoes etc. Also, try not to eat a lot before bed. Give yourself 3 hrs to let the food settle before bed. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the food to aid digestion?

What are the food to aid digestion?

Healthy food: Your body will process any food you eat. There are many people who have food sensitivities and everyone is an individual. Avoid foods that bother you would be the best course of action; as always healthy eating avoid processed food is best. Many people have celiac disease (1%) of the population which is a sensitively to gluten protein should also consider this during food selection. ...Read more

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What food or drink will help clean the esophagus?

What food or drink will help clean the esophagus?

No cleaning required: Unlike the colon, the esophagus has a mechanism of "cleaning" itself through a process called peristalsis. In health, there should essentially no residual fluid or liquid in the esophagus after a few swallows. ...Read more

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What should I do about pain in esophagus when eat food or drink?

What should I do about pain in esophagus when eat food or drink?

See you doctor.: You may need a GI evaluation. You could have acid reflux, esophagitis, hiatal hernia, stricture.... You need to be properly evaluated and tested. ...Read more

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Describe the disorder called a tear in the food pipe (esophagus).?

Describe the disorder called a tear in the food pipe (esophagus).?

Several causes: There can be several causes for a tear. If no history of foreign instrumentation, tears can be caused by vomiting repeatedly causing trauma to the esophagus. Swallowing toxic liquids, reflux, or certain pills getting stuck can cause ulcers as well. ...Read more

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What helps aid in digestion, and what foods are easiest to digest?

What helps aid in digestion, and what foods are easiest to digest?

Indigestion: Sometimes indigestion is due a condition known as heart burn. Start with your diet. Watch carbohydrates especially how they are combined with the rest of your food. Sometimes taking antacids will help. Sometimes the symptoms are due to disorders in the GI tract such as gerd, or gall bladder disease. If you are concerned about these, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I heard how not chewing your food causes poor digestion. Could bad breath be a result of that?

I heard how not chewing your food causes poor digestion. Could bad breath be a result of that?

Possible.: It is absolutely necessary to chew food properly before you swallow as digestion begins in the mouth, when food gets mixed with saliva.The food also is properly pulverised so that stomach acid & other enzmes of intestine can act upon the food more readily, & hence this process helps I n proper digestion. If the food is not digested properly, it backs up in the system, & when you burp, bad breath occurs. ...Read more

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I was reading about how not chewing your food causes poor digestion. Could bad breath happen because of it?

I was reading about how not chewing your food causes poor digestion. Could bad breath happen because of it?

Usually a cause: There is usually a cause for bad breath. Proper oral hygiene and healthy dentition and gums is the most important. But meds, supplements, poor nutrition and leaking fillings and/or crowns (caps,) can be sources. Get a thorough checkup. Brushing your tongue does help. You do not want to overuse breath mints, etc., because the sucking on the mints can cause problems over time. ...Read more

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When your trying to heal your esophagus you shouldn't eat more acids? What if your taking meds and your still hurting is it becuz of the acidic food.

When your trying to heal your esophagus you shouldn't eat more acids? What if your taking meds and your still hurting is it becuz of the acidic food.

Correct: Eating or drinking acid things will make the esophageal irritation worse. It may take time for the meds to work. If you are very pregnant, you probably have reflux and should stay upright as much of the time as you can (even to sleep) and take an antacid whenever you hurt as well as at bedtime or if you wake up in the night. ...Read more

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Why does top of esophagus always feel like it is being hurt by food and breathing like theiriis an irregular amount of air going through? Not chewing?

Why does top of esophagus always feel like it is being hurt by food and breathing like theiriis an irregular amount of air going through? Not chewing?

Esophagitis: You may have irritation of your esophagus from acid reflux. Try an over the counter antacid and see if your symptoms improve. If not, you need to see a gastroenterologist and let them investigate the issue. ...Read more

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Hey what kind of food good for strong digestion? Thanks

Try ginger: Like perhaps ginger tea. Peppermint tea also works. Preferably without added caffeine. A balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables void of fast foods will also help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Food always getting stuck in my esophagus. Why?

Food always getting stuck in my esophagus. Why?

See your doctor: Food always getting stuck in the esophagus can be caused by narrowing of the esophagus (scarring, tumor, congenital, etc) or from diminished saliva production. Best to see your doctor to find out the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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How does digestion get the nutrients out of food?

Complex: Digestion is a complex process, but the simple view of it is that the upper digestive tract mostly mashes the food up, which allows the intestines to remove the nutrients mostly by the use of enzymes. As I said, it's much more complex than that, but that's the basics. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Can food be up in your esophagus if you eat too much?

Can food be up in your esophagus if you eat too much?

Yes: Food can reflux into your esophagus if you eat too much. The stomach acid can lower the pressure of the valve between the stomach and esophagus and food can reflux into the esophagus. Portion control is important if you feel this is happening. Smaller meals would be helpful. ...Read more

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What foods are the easiest to digest if you have issues with digestion?

What foods are the easiest to digest if you have issues with digestion?

Depends: On the digestion issue, e.G gas, bloat, or cramps, or nausea, or diarrhea, or constipation, or pain (location is a factor). In general, avoid fried greasy, spicy foods, alcohol, chocolate, coffee. Some are sensitive to the carbohydrates in dairy, or grains and beans. Some have issues withe proteins in wheat and some other grains. Avoid carbonated beverages, sugarless gum (sorbitol). See a doc, rd. ...Read more

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What's the role of the pancreas in digestion or absorption of food?

What's the role of the pancreas in digestion or absorption of food?

Importance: Very important. Cells in the pancrease (pancrelipase) produce amylase, trypsin and lipase to break your foods down better. Optimal signaling occurs when there is a low ph in the duodenal bulb. (i.e. Proper stomach acid production). 80-85% of your food is "digested by your pancreatic enzymes. (guyton). ...Read more

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How do we ensure that air gets to lungs and food gets to esophagus?

How do we ensure that air gets to lungs and food gets to esophagus?

Pharynx: The pharynx, the common space at the back of the mouth and throat where food and breathing take place, has reflexly operated membranes and cartilage which close the larynx (windpipe) when swallowing and prevents the wrong this from getting past. This can be consciously bypassed - but why would you want this? ...Read more

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Pain while eat food and drink big amount of water, down on th right of esophagus

Pain while eat food and drink big amount of water, down on th right of esophagus

Small bites and gulp: Agree with Dr. Pool. The pain may be due spasm of esophageal muscles. Try taking smaller bites of food and smaller gulps of liquids while drinking.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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If the esophagus is in the back, why do we feel stuck food in the front of the chest?

If the esophagus is in the back, why do we feel stuck food in the front of the chest?

Esophageal symptoms: Technically, the esophagus is a mediastinal structure that sits forward of the spinal cord and behind the airway. As such, its mid-body and not "in the back." that being said, esophageal pain can radiate to the chest or back, and shares many of the same nerve pathways of pain as does the heart. You're right in that food sticking is typically described as "in the chest.". ...Read more

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What are the best common foods to clean up your gut? And help with improvement of digestion?

What are the best common foods to clean up your gut? And help with improvement of digestion?

The gut: The intestinal track is an inherently "dirty" place. It is the body's waste disposal unit, and so is designed to not be clean. Our gut has a large number of helpful bacteria in it, without which we would have problems with digestion. So I would not be eager to "clean up" the gut. Digestion can be aided by foods with lots of fiber, and the drinking of water. ...Read more

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Do PPI's stop all acid production or do you still have enough to digest food? Is digestion slowed down because of the reduction?

Do PPI's stop all acid production or do you still have enough to digest food? Is digestion slowed down because of the reduction?

Not enough, yes: The intent of PPI therapy is to totally shut down acid production & they reduce acid up to 99%. This does interfere with digestion, preventing breaking down protein & decreasing absorption of minerals like calcium & magnesium as well as B12. Our bodies go to a lot of trouble to make HCl and reducing it has serious consequences. I advise not using PPI's for more than 3 mos. See http://bit. Ly/1b1Avq ...Read more

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Husband was diagnosed with barrett's esophagus. Was told not to eat spicy or citrus foods. He eats ketchup on everything at every meal. Problem?

Yes: The nih have identified tomatoes, tomato products and citrus fruits as major offenders. Avoid oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes, pineapples, tomatoes, tomato sauce, salsa, chili, pizza, chocolate, garlic and onions, broccoli, coffee, alcohol. Also loose weight to a bmi of less than 28, avoid tight cloths, try eating 6 smaller meals a day. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm on the 10th of 30 day of clyndamicin600mg/6hr. Now when I eat or drink I feel pain in the lower esophagus when th food travels that zone. Whatto do?

I'm on the 10th of 30 day of clyndamicin600mg/6hr. Now when I eat or drink I feel pain in the lower esophagus when th food travels that zone. Whatto do?

Inappropriate med: Unless you have NO alternative drugs for your skin and nasal symptoms, I suggest that you see an infectious disease consult ASAP.
Clindamycin treats staph aureus (non MRSA) and anaerobes. On a 30 day regimen, you are at high risk for C diff colitis- diarrhea and inflammation of the colon from overgrowth of a clostridium bacteria that makes a toxin. This condition is severe and can be fatal. ...Read more

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What kind of diet or foods should you eat with barrets esophagus?

What kind of diet or foods should you eat with barrets esophagus?

Anti reflux diet: If you believe that barrett's is caused by acid reflux changing the lining of the esophagus, then likely the best diet to be on is a an anti reflux diet - same that you would be on if you had chronic heartburn symptoms. ...Read more

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Is chewing food more thoroughly really beneficial to your digestion?

Is chewing food more thoroughly really beneficial to your digestion?

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

Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more