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How long does it take for food to go through the digestive system?

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Amount of time between eating food and processing entirely to defecation varies between people a lot. It takes 6-8 hours for food to through stomach and small intestine. From there it goes to large intestine for more digestion, absorption of water, and then elimination of waste. Studies have shown between 33 - 53 hours total. Kids might be faster than adults -- and medications can affect it too
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How long does it take for babies food to go through digestive system?

Varies

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In a good state of health most babies will have a transit time from 3-5 days. If constipated, it can be longer, if diarrhea it could be less than an hour.
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What could cause food to pass through the digestive system in 3-4hours usually with a greenish or yellow/orange color looking partly undigested?

"Cure" for diarrhea

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First define the problem (do you have soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea developed (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, etc.), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), & duration. The "cure" depends on diagnosis.
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Normally, how long would the digestive system take to empty the food in it {incl. intestines}?

Following a meal,

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transit time through the small intestine is anywhere from 45 minute to 90 minutes; then transit time through the colon normally is 24-36 hours. This will vary from patient to patient and relative to diet and other conditions such as prior abdominal surgery, fluid intake, stress, meds and hydration status
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I was wondering what are some disorders of the digestive system?

Way too many

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to go into here and be thorough. What are your symptoms?
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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

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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.
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What is the slow, wavelike contraction that moves food through the digestive system?

peristalsis

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peristaltic movements move the food in process throughout intestine. They are a normal phenomenon with certain characteristics
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I have stomach ache, accompanied by back pain. What kind of tests can I take to check my digestive health?

See your doctor

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Upper stomach pain with upper back pain could be gallstones. An ultrasound would diagnose this. Lower stomach and back pain could ne gynecological, kidney stones or intestinal. You really need to discuss this with your doctor.
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What foods are best for digestive health?

Natural foods

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Stick to God made foods and avoid the man made. Buy at the Farmers' market
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How long does it take for benefiber to get your digestive system going?

It depends.

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It may take a few days however,constipation can also be due to not eating enough roughage, not drinking or exercising enough. Xanax or other tranquilizers can further cause constipation.
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