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Intestine (Definition)

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.

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What is rumbling in intestines?

What is rumbling in intestines?

Peristalsis : You are hearing substances (food, liquid, gas) being pushed through your bowels via contractions. This mechanism is called peristalsis and is normal. ...Read more

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Can the intestines be in the wrong place and need to be surgicaly put back in the right place?

Can the intestines be in the wrong place and need to be surgicaly put back in the right place?

Yes.: Some people are born with variants of "malrotation". This is when the small bowels don't "land" in the right spot during fetal development. Other times the large bowel can twist....What we call a "volvulus", or "torsion". ...Read more

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Inflammatory bowel disease (Tip)

Inflammatory bowel disease

Taking a probiotic daily may be beneficial for some patients with inflammatory bowel disease. ...See more

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Living with Bowel Incontinence (Checklist)

Increase dietary fiber
Once
Do kegel exercises
Daily
Follow up with a gastroenterologist
Yearly
See a pelvic floor specialist such as a urogynecologist
Yearly
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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?

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 more

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What is the definition or description of: intestine?

What is the definition or description of: intestine?

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 more

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Inflammatory bowel disease (Tip)

Inflammatory bowel disease

Before you reach for that cigarette, think about your last flare of inflammatory bowel disease. ...See more

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Living with Bowel Incontinence (Checklist)

Lifestyle and dietary changes
once
Exercise programs
daily
Medications to control constipation & diarrhea.
daily
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How strong are the intestines?

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 more

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Can a partial obstruction of the intestines come and go?

Can a partial obstruction of the intestines come and go?

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 more

Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more

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