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In the digestive system what is the job of the teeth, small intestines, colon?

In the digestive system what is the job of the teeth, small intestines, colon?

Prepare food for you: The teeth initially grind the food particles for your body so that the food can be broken down into the nutritional components that your body can absorb. The small intestine absorb the nutritional chemicals from the food and continue to breakdown the food for further processing. The colon then prepares the food even further for elimination. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of clogged up intestines and digestive system?

Abdominal pain: And distention, no stool or gas production, eventually nausea and loss of appetite. If you have had prior abdominal surgery, concern for physical bowel obstruction. If this is the case you need to see your doctor or go to the er promptly. ...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 to develop best digestive system in order to overcome all intestine problems,motion problems and anus burning?

How to develop best digestive system in order to overcome all intestine problems,motion problems and anus burning?

Go gluten-free: Comprehensive answer, but the single best thing you can do is to remove all gluten from your diet. Even if you do not have celiac disease, gluten can still likely be an irritant. You will also feel better all around as another benefit. ...Read more

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How does bowel cancer damage the digestive system?

How does bowel cancer damage the digestive system?

Obstruction: The main function of the large intestine is to absorb water to convert the liquid digestive by-products into a solid form. This physiologic function is essentially unaffected by a cancer. However, as the cancer grows, it may obstruct the intestine, leading to pain, bloating, and (rarely) rupture. Furthermore, these tumors often bleed, leading to anemia, which can make one feel tired and weak. ...Read more

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How can I totally detox my digestive system and become healthy so i don't get bowel cancer?

How can I totally detox my digestive system and become healthy so i don't get bowel cancer?

Do not detox: Eat a high fiber diet, avoid processed foods, excessive caffeine and alcohol and drink 80 -100 ounces of fluids per day and exercise regularly. Get a colonoscopy when indicated and you should be able to avoid getting colon cancer. ...Read more

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So for about 1.5 years I've noticed a change in my digestive health, where it has a strong odor no matter what I do.. I've seen a primary doctor twice.. And I've seen a Gastro doc. The gastro doc says its perfectly normal to have multiple bowel movements

So for about 1.5 years I've noticed a change in my digestive health, where it has a strong odor no matter what I do.. I've seen a primary doctor twice.. And I've seen a Gastro doc. The gastro doc says its perfectly normal to have multiple bowel movements

Strong odor: the odor of stool is strong. That is normal. It is normal to have several BM's a day. We have what is called a gastric colic reflex that encourages to defecate after meals. This is from ancient times when we were often chased or did the chasing to get our meals. We emptied our bowels to be lighter and swifter. This reflex is stronger in some people. The GI doc is correct. ...Read more

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Dr. John Landi
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Small Intestine (Definition)

The small intestine is the intestinal tract that lies between the stomach and the colon. It is involved in digesting and absorbing most of the nutrients we need ...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