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

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

In a normal person: without any prior surgeries or GI diseases, about 60 90 minutes from the mouth thru the small intestine to reach the colon and then another 24-36 hours thru the colon or large intestine to the anus. Of course food that cause diarrhea or constipation can change this in either direction ...Read more

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

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

Variable: 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. ...Read more

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

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

Varies: 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. ...Read more

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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?

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: 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. ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the digestive system take to empty the food in it {incl. Intestines}?

Normally, how long would the digestive system take to empty the food in it {incl. Intestines}?

Following a meal,: 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. ...Read more

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What are the parts of the digestive system tbrough which food passes?

What are the parts of the digestive system tbrough which food passes?

Parts of GI system: The GI system start with the mouth and teeth. This is where digestion begins. The food is the swallowed and taken to the stomach via the esophagus. In the stomach food is exposed to acid and mechanical grinding. Food then passes into the duodenum, jejunum and ileum where nutrients are absorbed. The liquid then enters the colon where water is absorbed and then out through the anus. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the food travel through the digestive system?

Food route: chew in mouth, stomach mixes and meters out into duodenum and then into small intestine for absorption. The residual makes it into the right part of the colon within an hour or less in most people. then over the next 1-4 days it slowly moves toward the rectum where it is slowly dehydrated (no digestion takes place in the colon, except bacterial degradation), eventually expelled ...Read more

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

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

peristalsis: Peristaltic movements move the food in process throughout intestine. They are a normal phenomenon with certain characteristics. ...Read more

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My 4 year old nephew has loose motion since he born 10-15 times a day and his digestive system does not stop any food longer and everything goes out.

My 4 year old nephew has loose motion since he born 10-15 times a day and his digestive system does not stop any food longer and everything goes out.

Chronic diarrhea : 4 year old with chronic diarrhea, is he gaining any weight or grawing? Any workup done? This could be a malabsorption disrsese, a gastroentrologist might help reach a diagnosis for this child. Good luck. Have ...Read more

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