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Food Moves Through The Digestive Tract By Peristalsis Which Is Produced By Wavelike Contractions Of Muscles
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
Peristalsis is a series of organized muscle contractions that occur throughout the digestive tract. Peristalsis is also seen in the tubular organs that connect the kidneys to the bladder. Peristalsis is an automatic and important process that moves food through the digestive system. It also moves urine from the kidneys into the bladder, and bile from the ...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
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
Can one part of your digestive tract have a food allergy while the rest shows no damage? Could your Colon have a wheat allergy but no sign elsewhere?
Simple...can juiced beets transit through the digestive tract in five-hours. I juiced, drank, and 5 hours later my stool was red, is this the beets?
Probably: Simple- yes, it can transit the GI tract in 5 hours and yes, beet juice commonly causes red stools. Can't say with complete certainty it was the juice but seems very likely. If red stool persists take sample to Dr. for testing. ...Read more
If you take Metamucil or flaxseed too soon after taking medication, sweeping them through the digestive tract too quickly, is there any risk of injury?
Not as you surmise: Metamucil and flaxseed in can reduce constipation in the same way any other natural or supplemental fiber does. Neither speed up intestinal transit time to any significant degree or cause injury in recommended doses. However, fiber can bind to certain medications, decreasing their absorption. As a general rule, you should separate fiber supplements from medication intake by two + hours. ...Read more
What causes ulcers in the mouth and all the way through the digestive tract and on the vaginal area?
Sjogren's is rare...: Usually small ulcers, or aphthous ulcers, are benign symptoms and are similar to canker sores. They can be caused by viruses, eating too many acidic or sugar-rich foods and candies. If the sores are also in vagina or in GI tract, you should be evaluated by a doctor. Any persistent sore in your mouth should be evaluated by dentist or physician! ...Read more
Jogging and having lower digestive tract pain throughout the whole time, what are possible causes?
No: these are two separate processes. Bad breath or halitosis is caused by mouth bacteria which dont have anything to do with the lower GI tract which is essentially separated from the "lower" GI tract by the acid within the stomach. For bad breath I recommend brushing your tongue daily and seeing your dentist. ...Read more
Ontogeny: Recapitulates Phylogeny. This article explains the whole concept: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recapitulation_theory ...Read more
If there was a problem with my spleen would it affect my digestive tract? And how so? Been this way since my hystractomy.
Speen problems: A great many things can affect your digestive tract. It would help to have much more detail on what your problem is, and why you are concerned about your spleen. ...Read more
Yes but won't work: Safe? Yes, but effectiveness is another issue. See your ob/gyn for other options. ...Read more
Can you tell me for proper calcium absorption from the digestive tract, what role does the skin play?
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
This usually has to do with the onset of labor. It is a muscular tightening of the uterus. Contractions are timed from beginning to end of hardening of the uterus (duration) and from beginning of one contraction until the beginning of the next (frequency). A third descriptor is intensity or how hard ...Read more
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