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Doctor insights on: What Kind Of Muscle Moves Food Through The Digestive System

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I eat a lot. But i am not getting fat. And i think i am not gaining muscle either. Is it normal? Or maybe my digestive system does not work properly?

I eat a lot. But i am not getting fat. And i think i am not gaining muscle either. Is it normal? Or maybe my digestive system does not work properly?

Be healthy.: Make sure you are eating good healthy whole foods. Get as many vegetables into your day as you can. Drink plenty of water. Get on a good exercise program. Make sure you are getting good sleep every night. If you do all of these things, then you should develop and grow as you should. If you are doing all of this and are still having problems, get in to be evaluated. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Is there any relation between the blood flow in the gastrocnemius muscle and the digestive system?

Is there any relation between the blood flow in the gastrocnemius muscle and the digestive system?

Inverse relationship: If large muscles are active (e.g. Gastronemius while running) blood is preferentially shunted away from the digestive system and conversely after eating blood is increased proportionally to the GI tract. ...Read more

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What is the slow, wavelike contraction that moves food through the digestive system?

What is the slow, wavelike contraction that moves food through the digestive system?

peristalsis: Peristaltic movements move the food in process throughout intestine. They are a normal phenomenon with certain characteristics. ...Read more

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

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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What could cause food to pass through the digestive system in 3-4hours usually with a greenish or yellow/orange color looking partly undigested?

What could cause food to pass through the digestive system in 3-4hours usually with a greenish or yellow/orange color looking partly undigested?

"Cure" for diarrhea: First define the problem (do you have soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea developed (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, etc.), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), ; duration. The "cure" depends on diagnosis. ...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?

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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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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What are the parts of the digestive system tbrough which food passes?

What are the parts of the digestive system tbrough which food passes?

Parts of GI system: The GI system start with the mouth and teeth. This is where digestion begins. The food is the swallowed and taken to the stomach via the esophagus. In the stomach food is exposed to acid and mechanical grinding. Food then passes into the duodenum, jejunum and ileum where nutrients are absorbed. The liquid then enters the colon where water is absorbed and then out through the anus. ...Read more

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Why won't my digestive system digest the food in my body when i eat? What is this called?

Need more info: What signs are you noticing that lead you to the conclusion that you are not digesting food? Whole food in your stools (bowel movements), such as corn, raisins, etc are relatively common if you don't chew your food completely. This is not necessarily a bad sign. If you are having lots of undigested food in your stool, particularly if it's running quickly through your body, may be other issues. ...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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In the digestive system, is it possible for a person to digest food without a stomach?

In the digestive system, is it possible for a person to digest food without a stomach?

Yes: The small and lower intestines are responsible for the absorption of many of the nutrient's in food. The stomach does help break down food and store food until the intestines are read to take more food in. ...Read more

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I have very poor digestive system.My stomach couldn't digest food properly. My age 23 and weight is 45 kg. ?

I have very poor digestive system.My stomach couldn't digest food properly. My age 23 and weight is 45 kg. ?

You might try...: 1st,see a Doctor.It sounds like you have a malabsorbtion syndrome which could be parasites, infections,dietary intolerances,or inflammatory diseases.You need stool studies, and blood work.In the mean time I suggest an elimination diet.Eliminating all dairy&all gluten, then reintroduce if you are feeling better. this leaves potatoes, rice, corn, meat, fruits, and vegetables.Try to cook all u eat. ...Read more

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What foods can help regulate digestive system?

What foods can help regulate digestive system?

Depends on the cause: It depends on what part is giving you a problem. There is not enough room to review the foods for each defect. ...Read more

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Which types of food should I eat to regulate my digestive system?

Which types of food should I eat to regulate my digestive system?

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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What are the foods that digestive system does least work to digest?

What are the foods that digestive system does least work to digest?

Easy to digest: Rice toast or saltine crackers bananas chicken green leafy vegetables gelatin fresh fruit including cantaloupe, squash or apricots scrambled eggs mashed potatoes fermented foods including yogurt and sauerkraut. ...Read more

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Does anyone know a food that will reduce the impact on the digestive system of acidic foods like sauce?

Does anyone know a food that will reduce the impact on the digestive system of acidic foods like sauce?

Avoidance/veggies: If you are sensitive as I am avoidance is best. The balance is the important thing. Vegetables are alkaline and will help to balance out the acidity of carbs and sugars. Alkaline water is also very effective in neutralizing and soothing acidic foods and problems. ...Read more

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In your opinion, how can we make our bowels and digestive system more efficient and streamlined? What foods and other things do you recommend? Thanks!

In your opinion, how can we make our bowels and digestive system more efficient and streamlined? What foods and other things do you recommend? Thanks!

Wholesome foods: To quote michael pollan, "eat (real) food, not too much, mostly plants." avoid processed foods. Eat plenty of fruits, veggies, and whole grains, which have fiber in them. Fiber is probably the most important thing for your bowels. Also try limiting animal protein, and eat several meat free meals per week. ...Read more

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