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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 does a doughnut get broken down in the digestive system if it has essentially no nutrients?

How does a doughnut get broken down in the digestive system if it has essentially no nutrients?

It has fat and carbs: The are broken down by Amylase, Lipase and bile. These are used as energy sources for the body.
You're confusing nutrients with vitamins and minerals ...Read more

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Is the pancreas part of the digestive system?

Is the pancreas part of the digestive system?

Yes: Pancreas is a solid organ that sits behind the stomach. It is an endocrine organ-makes hormones such as insulin-released into the blood stream. It is an exocrine organ-making digestive enzymes released into the upper small intestine via a duct. ...Read more

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What organs are part of the digestive system?

What organs are part of the digestive system?

An amazing question: The digestive system starts at the mouth and ends of the anus. The liver, pancreas and gallbladder are just as important as the intestine. ...Read more

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Doc what can I take to cleanse out my digestive system? Help!

Doc what can I take to cleanse out my digestive system?  Help!

Nothing: You don't need to take anything to cleanse out your digestive system. It's designed to clean itself on regular basis. ...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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How long will metro take to show some improvement on c.diff? How long will it take to cure? Will my digestive system be back to normal? Thank you

How long will metro take to show some improvement on c.diff? How long will it take to cure? Will my digestive system be back to normal? Thank you

You should: Start to have relief within 3 days. If you are feeling no better, talk to your doctor about your concerns and whether you might need an alternate treatment. We typically treat for 10-14 days. Once you're done, try a daily probiotic. ...Read more

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What is one take for digestive system health?

What is one take for digestive system health?

Any fluids: That are caffeine free and alcohol free; 80-100 ounces per day. High fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and salads. But be sure to be drinking the fluids. Absolutely more important for constipation than the diet. A probiotic such as florastor or align is also helpful. ...Read more

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What's good to take to help your digestive system?

What's good to take to help your digestive system?

Stuff for digestion: If you are older and have reduced stomach acid with food you could try betaine. If not try otc pancreatic enzymes.
Ifstill having problems see your doc for better answers after you know the cause of your problem. ...Read more

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What is the process of the digestive system and how long does it take?

What is the process of the digestive system and how long does it take?

About 24 Hours: Food is broken down by chewing & digestive enzymes in mouth & swallowed down esophagus to stomach where more enzymes & acid chemically break it down further. Passing into the 40 feet long small intestine where bile from the liver neutralizes acid & breaks up fats. Pancreatic enzymes break down starches. The remaining waste has water resorbed & is eliminated as stool. It takes about 24 hours. ...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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How long does it take for benefiber to get your digestive system going?

How long does it take for benefiber to get your digestive system going?

It depends.: It may take a few days however, constipation can also be due to not eating enough roughage, not drinking or exercising enough. Xanax (alprazolam) or other tranquilizers can further cause constipation. ...Read more

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Is pro biotics good for u to take to balance out your digestive system. If so how many billions should u take? My son is 50 & wondered if good

Is pro biotics good for u to take to balance out your digestive system. If so how many billions should u take? My son is 50 & wondered if good

Depends on strain ;:: There are many strains of probiotics. Many are killed by stomach acid so the # to take depends on how well they survive (which varies). Enteric-coated forms survive better so 1 billion of those may equal 20 billion of another type. Research suggests many benefits. I advise at least 20 billion of a type with multiple proven strains. See https://4d. Primarycarenet. Org/pi161/pi161_probiotics_article. Pdf. ...Read more

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What are all the parts of the digestive system?

What are all the parts of the digestive system?

Many: Mouth > esophagus > stomach > small intestine > large intestine > rectum. Also, contributory the Biliary system and pancrease (pancrelipase) ...Read more

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What works to take to help your digestive system?

What works to take to help your digestive system?

Any fluids: That are caffeine free and alcohol free; 80-100 ounces per day. High fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and salads. But be sure to be drinking the fluids. Absolutely more important for constipation than the diet. ...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 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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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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I have lupus can I take acai berry cleanse to cleanse my digestive system?

I have lupus can I take acai berry cleanse to cleanse my digestive system?

Don't know: Review the ingredients with your rheumatologist. Some herbals have been associated with triggering flares of lupus. ...Read more

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Will my digestive system become dependent on fiber supplements if I take them regularly?

Will my digestive system become dependent on fiber supplements if I take them regularly?

No: If you change your diet and include much more fruit and fiber rich vegetables and whole grains and salads you won't need additional fiber supplements. A typical american diet of lots of processed foods, fast foods and meat and chicken doesn't have enough fiber to promote good bowel movements. The healthiest diet is probably the Mediterranean Diet or a variation of it. SEE: http://bit.ly/1FMQO4d ...Read more

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I have heart disease can I take coconut oil to help my digestive system?

I have heart disease can I take coconut oil to help my digestive system?

May help Arteries: Not sure about GI issues but saturated fats are not unhealthy, simple carbs ; sugar drive artery disease ; most heart problems. The healthiest fats, from research: lard, coconut, palm ; better olive oils. Study: big fat lies, mcgovern's report, mary enig, stossel debunking food myths, dietdoctor. Com, gary taubes, peter attia, nusi. Org, robert lustig, the men who made us fat, nora gedgaudas, etc. ...Read more

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When I yawn or take a deep breath, I have a sharp pain in my stomach. Is there something wrong with my digestive system?

When I yawn or take a deep breath, I have a sharp pain in my stomach. Is there something wrong with my digestive system?

Maybe: Sounds like a spasm of your diaphragm (breathing muscle). This is similar to that "side stitch" pain many people get when running. It could be your GI system though, so you should have it checked out. ...Read more

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I have kidney stones. Due to this my digestive system remains disturbed. I am suffering from regular constipation. What should I take to get rid of?

I have kidney stones. Due to this my digestive system remains disturbed. I am suffering from regular constipation. What should I take to get rid of?

Please see your Dr.: First, see your doctor and discuss this problem with her/him.

High fiber diet (beans/lentils, whole grains, vegetables and fruit with the skin where appropriate).

Plenty of water — up to 2 liters a day.

Consider a stool softener.

Good luck! ...Read more

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I been using stool softener for my 3 month baby since she was 2 month old. When can I slowly take her off of that? Will this mess her digestive system

I been using stool softener for my 3 month baby since she was 2 month old. When can I slowly take her off of that? Will this mess her digestive system

Anytime/no: Babies are a growing system and all the worry about becoming dependent on stool softeners or wetting agents do not apply. Older adults, maybe, but infants and children, no. If the kid needs this on and off for the first years of life, please use it. Recurrent constipation is common in kids and most often results from parents quit after early results and don't treat long enough to solve the problem. ...Read more

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I take 2 oz of aloe vera every day to relieve ibs-c and it is very helpful. Is there any side effect to my digestive system such as melanosis?

I take 2 oz of aloe vera every day to relieve ibs-c and it is very helpful.  Is there any side effect to my digestive system such as melanosis?

Not with gel but...: This depends on which part of the plant is used. The inner gel is quite safe, but the skin, used as a laxative, contains anthroquinones that can cause melanosis (though that is not necessarily serious). See http://www.Ibsgroup. Org/forums/topic/158584-why-i-stopped-taking-aloe-vera-juice/ (scroll down-the top part is misleading as the first posters don't get the diff.). Also, see http://bit. Ly/19ymyl0. ...Read more

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I feel I have a very bad digestive system, I take too long in the toilet every morning, I often get bloated, I gym 6 times a week, but I still can't smoothen my bowel movements. This has been going on for years. ?

I feel I have a very bad digestive system, I take too long in the toilet every morning, I often get bloated, I gym 6 times a week, but I still can't smoothen my bowel movements. This has been going on for years. 

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Fiber, fluids: Your exercise is very helpful. You didn't mention your dietary fiber & fluid intake. Eating vegetables & whole/multigrain carbs, & drinking plenty water are also essential to healthy bowel habits. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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How long does it take the digestive system to fully adjust after a cholecystectomy? Is it normal to have some gas and loose stools 6 weeks post op?

How long does it take the digestive system to fully adjust after a cholecystectomy?  Is it normal to have some gas and loose stools 6 weeks post op?

Yes : That wouldn't be uncommon, and different people have different adjustment times. It is also normal to occasionally have gas and occasional looses stools even of you haven't had an operation. If you're really worried something is wrong, check with your surgeon. ...Read more