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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

Dr. James Krick
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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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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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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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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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How long does medicine have to stay in a persons digestive tract to be effective.?

How long does medicine have to stay in a persons digestive tract to be effective.?

As long as it is....: Once absorbed if it is a sytemic drug, that occurs quickly. However, if you have an eneteritis with diarrhea, you may not absorb much. ...Read more

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Yogurt with probiotics better for digestive tract management than regular yogurt?

Yogurt with probiotics better for digestive tract management than regular yogurt?

All have them.: If the ada says it is real yogurt with active cultures, then you have your probiotics, but others tout specific strains of bifidus and lactobacilli as being better. There is little hard evidence that this is the case. ...Read more

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Can protein deficiency cause problems with the digestive tract?

Can protein deficiency cause problems with the digestive tract?

Absolutely!: The digestive tract has perhaps the highest turnover of cells in the body. One macronutrient no one should be deficient in is protein. At least 50g per day, or 1g per every 2.2 lb of body weight! ...Read more

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Can acidophilus pills used for the digestive tract reduce vagina oders?

Can acidophilus pills used for the digestive tract reduce vagina oders?

No, not directly: Acidophilus is a probiotic which helps replenish the colon's 'good' bacteria. This helps our immune system better keep all the body's bacteria in check, inclding the vagina. Usually, odors are from an overgrowth of bacteria. However, they can be from many other factors. ...Read more

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Can air for a long time in the digestive tract and stomach cause serious pain?

Can air for a long time in the digestive tract and stomach cause serious pain?

Yes: Air build up in the colon or stomach (often due to fermented foods) may expand the walls and cause pain. ...Read more

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What are some viruses that can effect the nasal passages and the digestive tract?

What are some viruses that can effect the nasal passages and the digestive tract?

Viruses : Studies show there is a wide variety of viral pathogens including the common cold and seasonal influenza virus. Rhinovirus, Orthomyxovirus, & Respiratory Synciitial Virus can affect the upper respiratory tract and Enterovirus ,Rotavirus and Norovirus are examples of viruses that affect the digestive system. Seems you like microbiology. ...Read more

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If you take metamucil/flaxseed too soon after taking medication, sweeping the meds thru the digestive tract too quickly, is there any risk of injury?

If you take metamucil/flaxseed too soon after taking medication, sweeping the meds thru the digestive tract too quickly, is there any risk of injury?

No: No risk of injury. You should still be able to absorb the medication just fine even though fiber may increase the speed at which food and medicines travel trough the gut ...Read more

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May i have your advice on treating candida in esophagus.(upper digestive tract)?

May i have your advice on treating candida in esophagus.(upper digestive tract)?

See a doc: First, I would make sure it's candida not something else. Its also important to explore why you are having candida. I would see a physician (PMD, ENT, GI or ID). There are prescription treatment options-antifungals available. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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