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How Long Does It Take For Food To Digest
Variable: This can vary based on the type of food, gender, age, and based on the individual. It has been reported that food passes through the stomach and small intestine in 6-8 hours, when it enters the large intestine for further absorption. Then it may take on average 33 hours for men and 47 hours for women to pass, but again, this is variable. Children may take around 33 hours from end to end. ...Read more
Variable: It depends on the individual, what you've eaten(and even your gender), but around six to eight hours for food to pass through your stomach and small intestine. It can then take another 20-50 hours to move through the large intestine. ...Read more
3-6 hours: 3-6 hours for solids about 3 hours for most liquids. Meat is slower to digest and may take up to six hours milk curdles and the casein may take up to three to four hours to fully digest, while the whey part of milk stays liquid and may be digested in less than three hours. ...Read more
Time will tell: If you have a not too serious bacterial or spoiled food, then a day of nausea, vomiting, then diarrhea usually occurs. Unfortunately there are bad bugs out there that if your health is not the best, can result in death. If you are "sick" then weak care immediately to make sure you will recover. ...Read more
A few hours.: Food is usually out of the stomach within 45 minutes. Then heads to the small intestine. Most digestion takes place there. It is hard to say when digestion is complete, but after several hours most nutrients are absorbed. Popcorn husks don't digest well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3 days to a week: For the top food-borne illnesses like salmonella and shigella the symptoms usually take 4 to 7 days to resolve. A common diarrhea caused by staph which is actually a toxin produced by the bacteria resolves in 24 hours. An organism like yersinia can take up to 3 weeks to resolve. ...Read more
1-4 hrs: The stomach will typically empty most of your meal in to the small intestine by 4 hrs. However emptying begins within the first hour so your small intestine may start to "see" your meal soon after eating. ...Read more
Go where?: Does it not go away when you eat "in"? ...Read more
Stomach emptying: Under normal circumstances, liquids exit the stomach in 1-2 hours and solids in 3-4 hours. Large meals and fats take longer. Hope this helps... ...Read more
Seconds: The food goes down the esophagus and immediately into the stomach in a few seconds. There the food is mixed with stomach acid and enzymes to digest proteins before leaving to the intestines. ...Read more
Milk versus Meat: Milk digests in about 3 hours protein in meat digests more slowly and can take up to six hours to digest. Higher fatty foods digest more slowly as well. Carbohydrates digest faster than protein- especially if the carbohydrates are processed like white flour. Fiber slows the digestive process and is better for the slower absorption of sugar unto the bloodstream. ...Read more
That depends: Staphylococcus aureus – 1 to 6 hrs, Campylobacter – 2 to 5 days, Clostriidum botulinum – 12 to 72 hours, Clostridium perfringens – 8 to 16 hours, Escherichia Coli – 1 to 8 days, Giardia lamblia – 1 to 2 weeks, Hepatitis A – 28 days, Listeria – 9 to 48 hrs, Noroviruses – 12 to 48 hours, Rotavirus – 1 to 3 days, Salmonella – 1 to 3 days, Shigella – 24 to 48 hours, Vibrio vulnificus – 1 to 7 day. ...Read more
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