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Does Any Digestion Of Food Occur In The Esophagus
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
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
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
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
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
I'm passing food at an incredible rate sometimes in as little as 3 hours. What can I do to slow my digestion to allow for proper absorption?
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
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?
I've had 3 episodes in the past 5months where food is getting stuck in my lower esophagus. Takes 20 min of pain, mucous and gurgling before it passes.
If in a rush on the way to work, normally I guzzle coffee and take big bites of food. How much is the food/drinks temperature damaging me, and what will happen to esophagus?
Not much: While not ideal eating behavior, this should not permanently damage your esophagus or stomach. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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