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How does your digestive tract maintain peristalsis?

How does your digestive tract maintain peristalsis?

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 (Definition)

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


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What is a digestive tract and where is it?

What is a digestive tract and where is it?

Digestive tract: It refers to the stomach and the intestines; however it may sometimes include all structures from the mouth to the anus. ...Read more

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How is cleansing done for the digestive tract?

How is cleansing done for the digestive tract?

Diet and fluids: Colon cleanses are a gimmick and make alot of money off of people who use them. Eating properly with high fiber diet and drinking plenty of non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluids is all you need to clean the bowel properly. ...Read more

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Does digestive tract odor cause bad breath?

Does digestive tract odor cause bad breath?

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

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What's the role of the esophagus in the digestive tract?

What's the role of the esophagus in the digestive tract?

Esophagus: The esophagus transports liquids and food from the back of the throat(pharynx) to the stomach. ...Read more

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Are cashews hard on your digestive tract/hard to digest?

Are cashews hard on your digestive tract/hard to digest?

Only sometimes: Cashews are a very healthy food, high in antioxidants, with no cholesterol. Some people have difficulty digesting cashews. If you are among those, try either smaller portions or pieces or soaking the cashews before eating them. That removes enzymes that may interfere with digestion. ...Read more

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Why do we share a respiratory system with a digestive tract?

Why do we share a respiratory system with a digestive tract?

Ontogeny: Recapitulates Phylogeny. This article explains the whole concept: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recapitulation_theory ...Read more

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Yogurt with probiotics better for digestive tract management than regular yogurt?

Yogurt with probiotics better for digestive tract management than regular yogurt?

All have them.: If the ada says it is real yogurt with active cultures, then you have your probiotics, but others tout specific strains of bifidus and lactobacilli as being better. There is little hard evidence that this is the case. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Ali Yazdy
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Digestive Health (Definition)

Digestive health refers to the proper functioning of the digestive tract, including the stomach, ...Read more