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Is It True That Bananas Slow Down Bowel Movement
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 ...Read more
Yes: These symptom can occur in people with automatic neuropathy. A condition in which the nerves to the bowel, bladder, stomach, and other organs are effected. I will most commonly see this in patients with type 1 diabetes that have been uncontrolled for many years and they typically have peripheral neuropathy in their feet as well. ...Read more
Yes, because...: ... People eat more of them and get fat. This time, the obvious explanation is the correct one. There's nothing magic about the carbs being "refined". You're in the prime for physical fitness & it's smartest when you're food-shopping to pick up things you aren't likely to overdo (good advice for all of us) good luck. ...Read more
Yes and no: Stool is made of electrolytes, water and millions of colonic bacteria. So having bowel movements does take water and bacteria out of your body so that is a cleanse. For colonoscopies, we also do bowel cleanses which also reduces the methane concentration in the colon eliminating the possibility of explosion with electrocautery. ...Read more
Yes, no for long ter: Imodim is very good, increases the tone slows down peristalsis by acting on intestinal nerve cell allows more fluid absorbed there by reducing diarrhea, how ever for long term uses being opioid receptor agonist in some will develop like drug dependency often over looked due to its benefits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've heard both that water slows down and that it speeds up the digestive process. Which one is true?
Water: Water ususally speeds up the digestive process. ...Read more
I read that insoluble fibre adds bulk to stool! Does it mean it makes it bigger in diameter and softer?
Ask your doc first..: I assume you are under evaluation for male infertility since you got report of semen exam as reported. So, asking your own semen-ordered doctor would be the most reasonable thing to do because s/he possesses more knowledge about your individual concern than anyone online. But the % of sperm motility alone merely suggests on the low end of motility, which is relative & not sole cause for infertilit ...Read more
Clarify diagnosis: The GI tract has a very limited # of symptoms to signal its distress--nausea/vomiting, diarrhea/constipation, bloating, pain, fullness, bleeding, etc. As you know, many of these characterize ibs, but are also seen with inflammatory, infectious, ischemic, malabsorptive, and functional disorders. Directed lab work, imaging, biopsies, stool studies are appropriate in excluding non-ibs pathology. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not normal: You normally should not be straining or pushing during bowel movements. If you are having pain as well, you may have an anal fissure. This is a crack in the anal opening. Can be painful and also make anus feel very tight. You may need a doctor for this. Try adding fiber and fluids, and soaking in warm water with epsom salts. If you have bleeding or pain worsens, see a doctor. ...Read more
Exercise& Bowel move: Lack of exercise can contrbute to constipation beacuse inactivity slows the digestive system.Execise or working out regularly will help with good bowel movements.If you are already regular you may find you have more bowel movements.Bowel respond even more if you are consistent and work out same time every day. ...Read more
Is there such thing as too much stool during a single bowel movement? Not diarrhea but formed, soft stool. I go once a day but it seems like a lot.
Stool : If you eat large meals you will have large stools. If you eat smaller meals you will have smaller stools. ...Read more
Probiotics: Question is too vague. From google "irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a disorder that leads to abdominal pain and cramping, changes in bowel movements, and other symptoms. Ibs is not the same as inflammatory bowel disease (ibd)." try probiotics. Diet likely major role. Lactose or fructose intolerances are common. Follow up with your gastroenterologist. Read more at www.Browardgi.Com. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not much: If there are no other issues, there is not a problem. ...Read more
No: Not sure what you mean by a lot. If you passed an urge until your next one, it is ok. If you let your stool sit in your bowels and new one is still being formed and you don't get to empty your bowels for days, then you will get impacted and it will become a problem then. ...Read more