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Doctor insights on: How To Speed Up Transit Time Through The Digestive Tract

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How does the body protect against the entry of pathogens through the digestive tract?

How does the body protect against the entry of pathogens through the digestive tract?

Toxic enviorment: Strong gastric acid and digestive enzymes are a potent barrier. And those that get by this first line of defence are attacked by WBCs and immunoglobins
Even Probiotics have a poor chance so don't waste your money ...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


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How exactly does food move through the digestive tract?

How exactly does food move through the digestive tract?

From top to bottom: Fodd is chewed (hopefully) in the mouth, and swallowed by coordinated muscular contractions in the mouth and throat, entering the esophagus, where the same muscular contractions push it down to the stomach. Churning action and enzymes, acid break the food chunks into smaller particles that are pushed, again by muscles of the GI tract, through the small intestine, eventually to reach the colon. ...Read more

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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?

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: 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. ...Read more

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What causes ulcers in the mouth and all the way through the digestive tract and on the vaginal area?

What causes ulcers in the mouth and all the way through the digestive tract and on the vaginal area?

Sjogren's is rare...: Usually small ulcers, or aphthous ulcers, are benign symptoms and are similar to canker sores. They can be caused by viruses, eating too many acidic or sugar-rich foods and candies. If the sores are also in vagina or in GI tract, you should be evaluated by a doctor. Any persistent sore in your mouth should be evaluated by dentist or physician! ...Read more

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If you take Metamucil or flaxseed too soon after taking medication, sweeping them through the digestive tract too quickly, is there any risk of injury?

If you take Metamucil or flaxseed too soon after taking medication, sweeping them through the digestive tract too quickly, is there any risk of injury?

Not as you surmise: Metamucil and flaxseed in can reduce constipation in the same way any other natural or supplemental fiber does. Neither speed up intestinal transit time to any significant degree or cause injury in recommended doses. However, fiber can bind to certain medications, decreasing their absorption. As a general rule, you should separate fiber supplements from medication intake by two + hours. ...Read more

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Simple...can juiced beets transit through the digestive tract in five-hours. I juiced, drank, and 5 hours later my stool was red, is this the beets?

Simple...can juiced beets transit through the digestive tract in five-hours. I juiced, drank, and 5 hours later my stool was red, is this the beets?

Probably: Simple- yes, it can transit the GI tract in 5 hours and yes, beet juice commonly causes red stools.
Can't say with complete certainty it was the juice but seems very likely. If red stool persists take sample to Dr. For testing. ...Read more

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Jogging and having lower digestive tract pain throughout the whole time, what are possible causes?

Jogging and having lower digestive tract pain throughout the whole time, what are possible causes?

A major UGI problem-: -which should be addressed by an UGI specialist. 1 other thing could be running 2 soon after a meal. Half way thru your run take a swig of liquid antacid & if you feel better, get in 2 see the specialist. ...Read more

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The enzymes which enter the digestive tract through the duodenum are produced in what organ?

The enzymes which enter the digestive tract through the duodenum are produced in what organ?

Many: Bile comes from the gallbladder and liver, pancreatic enzymes from the (guess what?) pancreas, acid and other enzymes from the stomach lining and small intestinal lining. Even your salivary glands in your mouth get in on the action, making amylase--a communal effort. ...Read more

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Can air for a long time in the digestive tract and stomach cause serious pain?

Can air for a long time in the digestive tract and stomach cause serious pain?

Yes: Air build up in the colon or stomach (often due to fermented foods) may expand the walls and cause pain. ...Read more

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How to clean out digestive tract from above?

How to clean out digestive tract from above?

PRoper diet and flui: Ds. 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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How common are illnesses of the digestive tract?

How common are illnesses of the digestive tract?

Extremely: Evrybody has at one time experienced a GI illness--heartburn is very common, as is diarrhea, constipation, gastroenteritis, etc. Most of these are not serious, self-limiting, and usually get better by themselves. Likewise, serious GI illnesses are also quite common, as your gut is about 25 feet long from mouth to anus, and exposed to a variety of environmental insults every day! ...Read more

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What causes bleeding in the digestive tract?

What causes bleeding in the digestive tract?

Lots of things: From ulcers to gastritis to tumors, inflammation, polyps, hemorrhoids, fissures. No amount of bleeding is "normal". Get a proper evaluation for any bleeding seen. ...Read more

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Do you know if nutrients are absorbed passively or actively in the digestive tract?

Do you know if nutrients are absorbed passively or actively in the digestive tract?

Digestion: Absorption of nutrients in the GI tract is complex. There are many enzymes and proteins that allow the body to break large products into small enough molecules to be absorbed. It is a very active system but is not under the control of conscious central nervous system. ...Read more

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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

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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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What are the six parts of the digestive tract?

What are the six parts of the digestive tract?

Depends: It depends on what you call a part. You could use these however - 1. Stomach, 2. Small Intestine 3. large intestine 4. gallbladder 5. pancreas 6. liver
Hope this helps! ...Read more

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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