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Is consuming ground flax seeds beneficial? How much if so, and does it really cleanse the intestines? What else should we add/not add to daily diet?
Flax seeds: Ground flax seeds can be beneficial, although it is not as beneficial as a good fish oil, flax is not as well absorbed as fish oil and one of the main reasons for taking either is to increase the intake of fatty acids such as omega three oils. Flax is used mainly by those who want a vegetarian source of omega 3 and can not eat fish or take fish oil. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Generally not: Proteins tend to take longer to digest. Low fiber diet & poor fluid intake can prolong transit time as well as lead to constipation. Increase fiber (fruits/veggies/supplement) & fluid intake (8 full glasses of water, not caffeine or alcohol which tend to dehydrate) & stool softener. May take several days to improve condition. If no bm or pain worsens, see pcp for evaluation. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Indication 4 surgery: Removal of part of the small or large intestine may be necessary in cases of tumors, fixed strictures or obstructions, complicated diverticulitis, any enteritis or colitis that proves refractory to medical management, gangrenous gut (infectious, ischemic, unrelieved volvulus), malrotation, internal or external hernias, appendicitis, complicated punctures or blow-outs, just to name a few... ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Most of the gut.: The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten goes on long journey. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Strong!: Think of all the crud we put into our bodies each day - brownies, cookies, 'sweet chili heat doritos'! we put our intestines through a lot, but most of the time they do their job of sucking out whatever nutrients and water they can. Some things intestines can't handle: magnets, sharp pointy things, poison. If you have downed any of these, swallow your pride and see your doctor asap. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Yes: Adhesions, generally from prior surgery, can result in partial or complete small bowel obstruction. Partial obstructions resolve with hospitalization for intravenous fluids and not eating for a few days. This can recur. If repeated hospitalizations for partial obstructions, may need surgery. If a complete intestinal obstruction develops, then surgery is likely a necessity. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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