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Does Anybody Know How I Can Clean Out My Digestive Tract
Extremely: Evrybody has at one time experienced a GI illness--heartburn is very common, as is diarrhea, constipation, gastroenteritis, etc. Most of these are not serious, self-limiting, and usually get better by themselves. Likewise, serious GI illnesses are also quite common, as your gut is about 25 feet long from mouth to anus, and exposed to a variety of environmental insults every day! ...Read more
Define please: I don't understand "off balance?" Viral infections, bacterial infections, medications, disagreeable foods or beverages, and of course infirmities such as diabetes mellitus, IBS, Crohn's, etc. etc. etc. all can knock the GI system off kilter (there I go, using your type of terminology!) HA! So, really anything can affect normal functioning of the GI tract. Why do you ask? ...Read more
From top to bottom: Fodd is chewed (hopefully) in the mouth, and swallowed by coordinated muscular contractions in the mouth and throat, entering the esophagus, where the same muscular contractions push it down to the stomach. Churning action and enzymes, acid break the food chunks into smaller particles that are pushed, again by muscles of the GI tract, through the small intestine, eventually to reach the colon. ...Read more
Acid neutralization: I'm assuming you're asking about stomach acid, which must be buffered before proper digestion of food can take place in the small bowel. The pancreas assists with both functions--by production of bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) that neutralizes stomach acid in the material that enters the small bowel, as well as production of enzymes that work to digest starches and proteins in that ingested food. ...Read more
Jogging and having lower digestive tract pain throughout the whole time, what are possible causes?
Why does my digestive tract seem sensitive now compared to when I was in my 30s. What should be the diet of females in their 40s?
On average, how long does food take to move through the digestive tract? Are there any foods that are prone to getting "stuck" and causing upset?
Hours to Days: Common GI transit times, from foods labeled with radio-tracer elements, vary from a few hours up to about 3 days, with a day or two common. We normally add about 7 liters of water (from the blood stream) to what is ingested, so that the food becomes a thin watery soup in order to facilitate digestion; enzymes can only get to what is suspended, with a large surface area, in a thin watery solution. ...Read more
The small brain!: The largest collection or neurons in the body outside of the"bog" brain is the mesenteric plexus inside your abdomen. It controls movement, the complex secretion of over 50 hormones. Of note:there are more serotonin receptors by five compared to the big brain, for which we use prozac (fluoxetine). In a lecture i once heard two years ago, irritable bowel syndrome was said to be "depression" of the small brain! ...Read more
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