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How To Speed Up Transit Time Through The Digestive Tract
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
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
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
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
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
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- 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
Jogging and having lower digestive tract pain throughout the whole time, what are possible causes?
Yes: Air build up in the colon or stomach (often due to fermented foods) may expand the walls and cause pain. ...Read more
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
Yes..: Possible but not always.......Get a more detailed answer ›
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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