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Doctor insights on: Long Term Effects Of Exercise On The Digestive System

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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...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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Can intense exercise mess up your digestive system?

Can intense exercise mess up your digestive system?

Depends: Depends on what you mean by "mess up". Intense exercise causes more blood flow to be routed to your muscles and away from less useful organs at that time such as your digestive system. As a result some people will get diarrhea that can sometimes contain blood if the lack of blood flow is severe enough. This is one of the theories regarding "runners trots". ...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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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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My 4 year old nephew has loose motion since he born 10-15 times a day and his digestive system does not stop any food longer and everything goes out.

My 4 year old nephew has loose motion since he born 10-15 times a day and his digestive system does not stop any food longer and everything goes out.

Chronic diarrhea: 4 year old with chronic diarrhea, is he gaining any weight or grawing? Any workup done? This could be a malabsorption disrsese, a gastroentrologist might help reach a diagnosis for this child. Good luck. Have ...Read more

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I feel I have a very bad digestive system, I take too long in he 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 he 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.?

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

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Is there a problem or any risks or concerns in taking culturelle for digestive health once a day on a long-term and/or permanent bases?

Is there a problem or any risks or concerns in taking culturelle for digestive health once a day on a long-term and/or permanent bases?

No: It is just wise to re-evaluate why you are taking it. Pro-biotics are especially helpful after taking antibtiotics to restore friendly bacteria but the composition of one's diet has a much greater effect on the micro-flora of the intestinal tract. Eating 6 equal meals has a beneficial effect. Eating 7 servings of vegetables and and colorful fruits grow the right bacteria. ...Read more

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What are the psycological effects of the digestive system?

What are the psycological effects of the digestive system?

Digestive system: There is a rich interconnection between brain and gut, with ongoing & mutual communication. Similar neurotransmitters are in both. Your gut has ~100 million neurons which make up its own enteric nervous system. It doesn't think philosophical thoughts, but responds to digestive and many other stimuli. It also sends information to the brain via the vagus nerve. http://tinyurl. Com/yz536bd. ...Read more

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What might be the effects of ageing on the digestive system?

What might be the effects of ageing on the digestive system?

Slows down: In the course of aging the process of moving food/stool through the intestine, particularly the colon, tends to slow down. This increases the problems of constipation so many older patients need to takes more active steps to avoid constipation.
Stomach acid production can also reduce, making digestion a little less efficient. ...Read more

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What would be the side effects of mag 07? Its a oxygenating digestive system cleanser its made by aerobic life. Says its none habit forming, but I have been taking it every night, and I am guaranteed to to in the morning. Ingredients are elemental magn

Gastrointestinal: Gastrointestinal cleansers can be helpful. However, any time detoxification goes too quickly you can overload the body’s mechanisms to release toxins. Detoxifying at an appropriate rate with use of appropriate supplements is the safest approach. If you are detoxifying too rapidly, toxic materials and bacteria can be reabsorbed from the gut back into the blood stream. This can lead to worse health rather than improved health. Signs that you may be detox’ing too quickly include headaches, joint pain, passing a lot of flatus, feeling really tired, insomnia, acne and other skin eruptions. It is not uncommon to have loose bowel movements and some degree of intestinal cramping. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the food travel through the digestive system?

Food route: Chew in mouth, stomach mixes and meters out into duodenum and then into small intestine for absorption. The residual makes it into the right part of the colon within an hour or less in most people. Then over the next 1-4 days it slowly moves toward the rectum where it is slowly dehydrated (no digestion takes place in the colon, except bacterial degradation), eventually expelled ...Read more

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Why does the acidity level change throughout the digestive system?

Why does the acidity level change throughout the digestive system?

A very complex question: For example, the stomach requires an acid environment whereas the small intestine requires an alkaline environment. It is all to do with the magic of digestion and absorption of the materials that are turned into you. ...Read more

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I have a very bad digestive system. What should I do to get it all right?

Unclear question: What symptoms do you have? Have you had unintended weight loss? Any nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, blood in stool? The issue may not be suitable for this forum as it requires taking a history, physical examination, lab tests and may be imaging studies. Please consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Is popcorn bad for the digestive system?

Is popcorn bad for the digestive system?

Sometimes: Diverticulosis/ diverticulitis may be exacerbated by popcorn, although there is much argument about whether this is really true. The butter added is much worse for you, but there is nothing intrinsically bad about popcorn, but as in everything, moderation is appropriate. ...Read more

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What are common digestive system diseases?

What are common digestive system diseases?

Quick med school!: Wow, that's like a whole semester of med school. Maybe more. Diseases can be self limited, like viruses or GI bugs; or functional, like GERD and irritable bowel syndrome; or inflammatory, like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, or diverticulitis; or structural, like strictures, or cancers. There are a host of others, too many to add here. Go to reputable website to read more. ...Read more

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How can stress affect the digestive system?

Stress and digestion: There are rich interconnections between brain and gut, with brain-related neurotransmitters controlling intestinal activity. Prolonged stress can disrupt this, leading to diarrhea, constipation, cramping, and bloating. Changes in blood flow can lead to breakdown and disrepair of the gut's protective mucous layer -- making intestinal walls more vulnerable to existing h pylori & acid effects. ...Read more

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How does stress affect your digestive system?

How does stress affect your digestive system?

MANY WAYS: Stress can commonly have an impact on GI system due to acid release and also medicated by serotonin. Exercise and good diet and rest can help. ...Read more

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What's the role of the anus in digestive system?

What's the role of the anus in digestive system?

Anus: Is this a joke? It is the terminal portion of the GI tract and prevents you from having accidents and embarrasing yourself. ...Read more

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When does babies digestive system fully develop?

When does babies digestive system fully develop?

Early: The taste buds are complete by the sixth month and an infant of seven months is capable of living outside the womb. Even though the digestive system is complete by this age certain digestive processes only mature around 6-8 months. ...Read more

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