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I Feel Like My Food Is Not Digesting
Need more info: It is important that you see your doctor for an evaluation, especially if you have been throwing up. ...Read more
Skin flaking: You need to see a family physician and get a physical examination to determine what if anything is going on. ...Read more
I often feel like my food is not being digested hours after eating, but my stomach is growling. Why is that?
+/- Gastroparesis?: Consider gastroparesis=a slow-emptying stomach that is most symptomatic after the stomach fills from meals. Maybe its functional due to brainstem reflexes induced by eating--often exaggerated in irritable bowel syndrome resulting in altered perception of gut distension, "growling", &modified transit of food. Sometimes, gastric outlet delay may reflect inflammation, scarring, biliary disease, more. ...Read more
G.I. doctor to check: A gastroenterologist (G.I. Or stomach specialist) can evaluate for problems if a person thinks he is not absorbing nutrients properly. There are many different types of malabsorption, so one cannot just presume that taking some acid would help. Some digestive enzymes require an acid environment, but other enzymes (the ones in the small intestine) need the acid "neutralized" in order to work. ...Read more
Not sure what you: Mean. Your body will take care of digestion. While you should try to chew your food as best as possible, keep hydrated, minimize processed foods, make sure you are consuming fiber and keep active, even if you aren't great about these things, your body's natural mechanisms will still allow for pretty reasonable digestion. ...Read more
Depends: A normal healthy person can easily digest all usual foods. For good health have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco and do not take any more than one drink/day. ...Read more
What's the hurry?: Why would you want to hasten your digestion? Are you feeling bloated, or are you not eliminating regularly? These could be similar or different physiological issues, and it would be best to talk with your own doctor about any digestive problems you might be having. If you're having no problems but you just want to hurry, I respectfully suggest learning to appreciate your body's natural timing. ...Read more
Variable: This can vary based on the type of food, gender, age, and based on the individual. It has been reported that food passes through the stomach and small intestine in 6-8 hours, when it enters the large intestine for further absorption. Then it may take on average 33 hours for men and 47 hours for women to pass, but again, this is variable. Children may take around 33 hours from end to end. ...Read more
Milk versus Meat:
Milk digests in about 3 hours
protein in meat digests more slowly and can take up to six hours to digest.
Higher fatty foods digest more slowly as well.
Carbohydrates digest faster than protein- especially if the carbohydrates are processed like white flour. Fiber slows the digestive process and is better for the slower absorption of sugar unto the bloodstream. ...Read more
To answer if this limited 400 character response. It starts in your mouth with enzymes in your saliva and finishing with the final absorption of water in your colon before you have a bowel movement and "poop" out the waste. Look into this website below for a comprehensive but understandable description of the process:
http://www. Webmd. Com/heartburn-gerd/your-digestive-system ...Read more
Soft carbs: Generally soft foods that are mostly carbohydrates like farina or cream of wheat, rice pudding (but avoid if you have lactose intolerance), toast and tea. ...Read more
Not particularly: Some foods digest more quickly than others, like liquids and simple carbohydrates. But besides varying what you eat, your body is quite good at regulating things to optimize digestion. ...Read more
GI doctor needed: Digesting food properly is important of course. A GI doctor would be the specialist to help diagnose your condition, so a treatment can be started to help you. Good luck. ...Read more
Depends: On the digestion issue, e.G gas, bloat, or cramps, or nausea, or diarrhea, or constipation, or pain (location is a factor). In general, avoid fried greasy, spicy foods, alcohol, chocolate, coffee. Some are sensitive to the carbohydrates in dairy, or grains and beans. Some have issues withe proteins in wheat and some other grains. Avoid carbonated beverages, sugarless gum (sorbitol). See a doc, rd. ...Read more
Indigestion: Sometimes indigestion is due a condition known as heart burn. Start with your diet. Watch carbohydrates especially how they are combined with the rest of your food. Sometimes taking antacids will help. Sometimes the symptoms are due to disorders in the GI tract such as gerd, or gall bladder disease. If you are concerned about these, see your doctor. ...Read more
I have to take a dump after I eat. Its usually like 2 minutes after I eat I have to use the ladies room. Also, I digest my food very fast. What's wrong?
Bowel habits: The first part sounds like a normal gastro-colic reflex. Not sure what you mean about the rate of digestion. It sounds like you need to see a gastroenterologist. ...Read more
Depends on what eat: Alot depends on what you eat. For example, cows milk products empty very slowly from the stomach. If you are lactose intolerant, it could contribute to bloating. Pain medicines can also delay stomach emptying and lead to bloating. Review your medicines and the foods you eat with your physician to try to come to a better understanding of what foods to alleviate your symptoms ...Read more
How long?: Different foods do take different amounts of time for digestion, fats taking the longest. If you have not had unintended weight loss, I would not be concerned. ...Read more