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Doctor insights on: Slow Movement Of Food Through Digestive Tract

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How exactly does food move through the digestive tract?

How exactly does food move through the digestive tract?

From top to bottom: Fodd is chewed (hopefully) in the mouth, and swallowed by coordinated muscular contractions in the mouth and throat, entering the esophagus, where the same muscular contractions push it down to the stomach. Churning action and enzymes, acid break the food chunks into smaller particles that are pushed, again by muscles of the GI tract, through the small intestine, eventually to reach the colon. ...Read more

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On average, how long does food take to move through the digestive tract? Are there any foods that are prone to getting "stuck" and causing upset?

On average, how long does food take to move through the digestive tract? Are there any foods that are prone to getting "stuck" and causing upset?

Hours to Days: Common GI transit times, from foods labeled with radio-tracer elements, vary from a few hours up to about 3 days, with a day or two common. We normally add about 7 liters of water (from the blood stream) to what is ingested, so that the food becomes a thin watery soup in order to facilitate digestion; enzymes can only get to what is suspended, with a large surface area, in a thin watery solution. ...Read more

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Is it normal for your digestive tract to still have smelly gas after getting food poisoning?

Is it normal for your digestive tract to still have smelly gas after getting food poisoning?

Smelly gas: Yes it can last for a while due to gas producing bacteria and it is self limiting and will correct as you GI tract return to normal. ...Read more

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Can one part of your digestive tract have a food allergy while the rest shows no damage? Could your Colon have a wheat allergy but no sign elsewhere?

Can one part of your digestive tract have a food allergy while the rest shows no damage? Could your Colon have a wheat allergy but no sign elsewhere?

Yes: Food allergies and intolerances can present in different ways and involve different parts of the body in different ways. Some people will experience stomach or esophageal symptoms while others will have intestinal problems. ...Read more

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How does the body protect against the entry of pathogens through the digestive tract?

How does the body protect against the entry of pathogens through the digestive tract?

Toxic enviorment: Strong gastric acid and digestive enzymes are a potent barrier. and those that get by this first line of defence are attacked by WBCs and immunoglobins Even Probiotics have a poor chance so don't waste your money ...Read more

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If you take Metamucil or flaxseed too soon after taking medication, sweeping them through the digestive tract too quickly, is there any risk of injury?

If you take Metamucil or flaxseed too soon after taking medication, sweeping them through the digestive tract too quickly, is there any risk of injury?

Not as you surmise: Metamucil and flaxseed in can reduce constipation in the same way any other natural or supplemental fiber does. Neither speed up intestinal transit time to any significant degree or cause injury in recommended doses. However, fiber can bind to certain medications, decreasing their absorption. As a general rule, you should separate fiber supplements from medication intake by two + hours. ...Read more

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What causes ulcers in the mouth and all the way through the digestive tract and on the vaginal area?

What causes ulcers in the mouth and all the way through the digestive tract and on the vaginal area?

Sjogren's is rare...: Usually small ulcers, or aphthous ulcers, are benign symptoms and are similar to canker sores. They can be caused by viruses, eating too many acidic or sugar-rich foods and candies. If the sores are also in vagina or in GI tract, you should be evaluated by a doctor. Any persistent sore in your mouth should be evaluated by dentist or physician! ...Read more

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The enzymes which enter the digestive tract through the duodenum are produced in what organ?

The enzymes which enter the digestive tract through the duodenum are produced in what organ?

Many: Bile comes from the gallbladder and liver, pancreatic enzymes from the (guess what?) pancreas, acid and other enzymes from the stomach lining and small intestinal lining. Even your salivary glands in your mouth get in on the action, making amylase--a communal effort. ...Read more

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Simple...can juiced beets transit through the digestive tract in five-hours. I juiced, drank, and 5 hours later my stool was red, is this the beets?

Simple...can juiced beets transit through the digestive tract in five-hours. I juiced, drank, and 5 hours later my stool was red, is this the beets?

Probably: Simple- yes, it can transit the GI tract in 5 hours and yes, beet juice commonly causes red stools. Can't say with complete certainty it was the juice but seems very likely. If red stool persists take sample to Dr. for testing. ...Read more

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What type of fiber is best 4 a person with slow movin digestive tract an since last laporotomy had no bm 4 ovr a wk an never had a urge to have bm sin?

Dietary fiber: Check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/fiber/nu00033 for information re dietary fiber. However, since you haven't had a bowel movement since abdominal surgery, go see your surgeon. Of course, you need to eat & drink in order for something to come out. If you can't have a bowel movement and are having abdominal pain, then you need to get evaluated emergently for possible bowel obstruction. ...Read more

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