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Dr. Sanjay Mishra Dr. Mishra
Internal Medicine
24 years in practice
Kanpur University, G. S. V. M. Medical College
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What will happen to my body after I've eaten too many salted peanuts?

What will happen to my body after I've eaten too many salted peanuts?

High salt intake: It will make you very thirsty. If you drink adequate amount of water, it will make you pee more than usual. If you have high blood pressure, please check it as it may go up transiently.

Dr. Farrah Ahmad Dr. Ahmad
Internal Medicine
14 years in practice
Fatima Jinnah Medical College for Women
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Can I expose myself little by little to peanuts everyday to get rid of an allergy? With each exposure body becomes used to it

Can I expose myself little by little to peanuts everyday to get rid of an allergy? With each exposure body becomes used to it

Allergy: Hi, It funny with allergies it works the other way around. With every exposure your body reacts stronger against it, so your initial allergy might be rash or hives but with recurrent exposure you can get severe reactions, like trouble with breathing and anaphylaxis. Please see an immunologist for assistance

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Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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How come my body not digest food properly?

How come my body not digest food properly?

Malabsorption.: Inadequate digestion can have some definable cause - gallbladder, pancreas, small intestines, stomach. You require some testing.

Dr. Sameer Azhak Dr. Azhak
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
15 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Where are lipids digested in the body?

Where are lipids digested in the body?

Small intestine: Lipids are digested in the small intestine and absorbed with the assistance of bile which acts as an emulsifier, pancreas secretes lipase to breakdown some lipids and the small intestinal lining have enzymes at the "brush border" and certain shorter length fats can be absorbed directly in the intestines. Fats are then repackaged in the liver after digestion.

Dr. You Sung Sang Dr. Sang
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
27 years in practice
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How bad for the body is it constantly snack on things like nuts/peanut butter off a spoon?

How bad for the body is it constantly snack on things like nuts/peanut butter off a spoon?

No but mix it up: Here are some additional ideas: small sized greek yogurt, trail mix (you can make your own), air popped popcorn, cheese & crackers, veggies or fruit dipped in yogurt.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Could to help my body digest properly, but I still need more. Is senna safe for every other day usage?

Could to help my body digest properly, but I still need more. Is senna safe for every other day usage?

No - senna is best: For short term use. It should not be used longer than 7 days. Prolonged used may cause dehydration, reduced potassium levels, liver problems, cardiac arrhythmia and kidney damage.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Is it hard for the body to digest raw food such as salads in comparison to steamed or boiled veggies? What you suggest?

Is it hard for the body to digest raw food such as salads in comparison to steamed or boiled veggies? What you suggest?

Both are fine: Our bodies were designed to be able to get nutrition from food even before we learned to cook. Life's already difficult enough without people making problems for folks who've discovered how much fun it is to eat their vegetables raw. Truth be told, I'm glad you're neither living entirely on vegetables, or ignoring their goodness like so many folks do today.

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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett Dr. Poinsett
Pediatrics
34 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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How many grams of protein can my body digest at once before it starts to turn to fat? I am a very active teen that works out a lot.

How many grams of protein can my body digest at once before it starts to turn to fat? I am a very active teen that works out a lot.

It depends: If you are active and work out a lot, you will need more calories, protein and fat than a teen who is not active. A balanced diet with variety is key to keeping your body well fueled. Do not forget to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated during exercise. Avoid supplements and vitamins unless you first check with your doctor.

Dr. Stephen Southard Dr. Southard
Internal Medicine
11 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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Two days ago, I swallowed a small piece of plastic which was broken from a fork I was using. Would it be harmful to my body? Would it get digested?

Two days ago, I swallowed a small piece of plastic which was broken from a fork I was using. Would it be harmful to my body? Would it get digested?

It could be: Harmful, as if it was sharp, it could have damaged your intestinal tract ranging from your esophagus all the way to your colon. But if it was a very small piece, more than likely it became encapsulated by your stool and at this point, you've likely already pooped it out. You can't digest plastic. At this point, you need to monitor for abdominal pain. If you develop pain reach out to your doc.

Dr. Donald Alves Dr. Alves
Emergency Medicine
20 years in practice
Eastern Virginia Medical School
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How does your body digest blood?

How does your body digest blood?

Just another protein: Stomach acid starts molecular bond breakdown, pancreatic enzymes in small intestine continue process until component parts can be absorbed by the gut for transmission via blood stream to "construction sites" where needed to synthesize proteins for the body.

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Will bulimia ruin your bodies digestion process?

Will bulimia ruin your bodies digestion process?

It sure can: Recurrently binging and vomiting food can result in esophageal and stomach inflammation or injury -- which definitely harms your digestion. Also bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and intestinal cramping can result. Please get help with this condition -- you can start with your family physician and build a treatment team with others. Http://tinyurl. Com/34sc4p.

Dr. John Munshower Dr. Munshower
Family Medicine
26 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
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Is cooked spinich hard to digest? My body doesn't seem to digest it well, and is there anything I can take to help it digest? Along with other veggies

It may be: Everyone is different, and certain foods may be harder for people to digest, spinach being one of them. Spinach may at times be visible in your stool and it can cause greenish color in your stool etc, all signs it is not being 100% digested. If you can not digest it well, move on to other foods that do not cause you any issues. Best wishes.

Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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How many hours does it take for the body to digest liquids and solid foods?

Digestion: It takes 48-72 hours for solid food to passthrough the intestinal tract.

Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss Dr. Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
24 years in practice
New York Medical College
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When you fast, does your body preferentially digest muscles in order to obtain glucose?

When you fast, does your body preferentially digest muscles in order to obtain glucose?

Not exactly: Glucose is stored as glycogen in the liver (mostly) and some other places. Fasting promotes release of glucose from storage. In prolonged fasts, muscle is broken down to provide Amino Acids which get converted to glucose. However, fatty acids are converted into ketones which also provide energy, primarily for brain and heart, during prolonged fasts.

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Dr. Steven Charlap Dr. Charlap
Holistic Medicine
33 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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Does vitamin tablets make u have any side effect? Or it just digests it if our body doesn't needed?

Does vitamin tablets make u have any side effect? Or it just digests it if our body doesn't needed?

Can have side effect: Vitamin a, d, e, and k are fat-soluble vitamins so they can build up in your fat. Too much of these vitamins can lead to dangerous, toxic levels. Skip the pills and get the vitamins you need from food and sun.

Dr. Maziar Rezvani Dr. Rezvani
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
17 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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Up to how long can a body reactic to a food allergy? Immediately upon contact or can there be a reaction as the food contiues to digest?

Up to how long can a body reactic to a food allergy? Immediately upon contact or can there be a reaction as the food contiues to digest?

Varies: Type-i, ige-mediate, food-induced reactions can occur within seconds of an exposure. Type-iv or cell-mediated food reactions, although usually less clinically severe, can persist for over 24 hours.

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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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I wish to know how does the body system work for digestion?

Biochemistry: Acid in the stomach and enzymes in the small intestine break down food into small molecules that can be absorbed through the intestinal lining. This takes the combined work of the GI tract, the liver and the pancreas.

Dr. Arthur Sgalia Dr. Sgalia
Internal Medicine
44 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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What does it mean when my body does not digest corn do I have a cilliac disease?

Normal?: If what you are seeing is the outer skin of the corn kernels, you should be aware that no human can to my knowledge digest cellulose, the chemical ingredient in corn kernels' outer shell. Everyone who eats corn will see these in their stool

Dr. Ed Kaplan Dr. Kaplan
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
35 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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