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How long does it take for the body to process food?

How long does it take for the body to process food?

Food: Could take 24 hours. Stomach 2-4 hrs, small intestine 8-10 hr, colon 10 hrs. Not a perfect process. ...Read more

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I've been eating organic for about a year now. I was wondering how long does it take for processed foods and their toxins to be out of your body?

I've been eating organic for about a year now. I was wondering how long does it take for processed foods and their toxins to be out of your body?

Every body different: every one is different. The elimination of heavy metals, toxins, can take different amount of time in different people. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if you have a food intolerance, how long does it take for your body to react to the food your intolerant to?

Can you tell me if you have a food intolerance, how long does it take for your body to react to the food your intolerant to?

Varies: Intolerance can be a minor reaction in some with minor gas or cramping over a several day period.If or when it is a true food allergy, it could begin as soon is the material touches your lips. Some people can ingest food that they are intolerant to over decades and never realize it is happening. ...Read more

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After eating a problem food allergen, how long does it take to show up in body symps? And how long does it take to exit system? Thanks Dr!

2 hours: Most allergic responses occur within 2 hours although reaction to red meat may not come on until 3-6 hours later. Most allergic responses from food should subside in less than a day. As for how long traces of the food may remain in your body, it would depend on the kind of food. ...Read more

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How long does it take your body to get back to normal after having your gallbladder out and do you have to eat low fat foods after the operation?

How long does it take your body to get back to normal after having your gallbladder out and do you have to eat low fat foods after the operation?

1 week: Typically 5-7 days to return to work full time. Could be as little as 2-3 days. Most could also go back to working out in a gym in 2-3 weeks depending on comfort level. Low fat diets are typically not necessary unless freq loose stools are an issue. ...Read more

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I was in the hospital for not eating or drinking for a long time and my body will not take in any food. How can I get better?

I was in the hospital for not eating or drinking for a long time and my body will not take in any food. How can I get better?

Slow tube feeding: You probably need to be refed very slowly over a long period of time and with physician supervision. In anorexics, they use tube feeding, over a long period of time and at a very slow rate. Fast introduction of food, can lead to electrolyte imbalance and possible death. ...Read more

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If you have a blood transfusion how long will it take to process the foreign blood out of your body?

If you have a blood transfusion how long will it take to process the foreign blood out of your body?

Probably 120 days.: The foreign blood is not really processed out of your body as much as it is reconverted as it is used. It also depends on what is transfused in the first place be it packed rbc's, fresh frozen plasma, or cryoprecipitate, etc. At any rate, the average life span of a red cell is 120 days, and depending on how old the cells are when transfused it can take up to that long for them to die off. ...Read more

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Could having cronic hep c and CHF on top of taking meds everyday cause toxins(meth) to take longer to process and leave the body then it would a norma?

Could having cronic hep c and CHF on top of taking meds everyday cause toxins(meth) to take longer to process and leave the body then it would a norma?

Yes: Both of these illnesses interfere with the overall ability of the liver to do its job. You do know that hepatitis C is usually curable today if you can get into a functioning health care system -- consider a foreign country. CHF is often reversible if a cause is found -- it may be your meth. It sounds like you DO want to live. For the sake of those who love you, stop the meth. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How long does it take to digest food?

How long does it take to digest food?

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