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Which Foods Require The Least Amount Of Digestion
Yes: Chewing food into smaller pieces and allowing the digestive enzymes to more effectively process the food is better for you for lots of reasons. ...Read more
Transit Time: Digestion depends on food being in contact with digestive secretions and the intestinal surface long enough to be broken down and absorbed. Things like lactose intolerance, infections and food poisoning speed up transit time and things like opiate painkillers, old age, inactivity and lack of fiber prolong transit time. ...Read more
32!: There is no fixed number. It depends on the consistency, texture, and amount you bite off. Food should be chewed thoroughly enough to be the consistency of cooked oat meal. ...Read more
Depends: The correction depends on the nature of your problem with digestion. Please respond with a description of your specific symptoms so a good answer can be provided. . ...Read more
Healthy food: Your body will process any food you eat. There are many people who have food sensitivities and everyone is an individual. Avoid foods that bother you would be the best course of action; as always healthy eating avoid processed food is best. Many people have celiac disease (1%) of the population which is a sensitively to gluten protein should also consider this during food selection. ...Read more
Complex: Digestion is a complex process, but the simple view of it is that the upper digestive tract mostly mashes the food up, which allows the intestines to remove the nutrients mostly by the use of enzymes. As I said, it's much more complex than that, but that's the basics. Hope that helps. ...Read more
Depends: On the digestion issue, e. G gas, bloat, or cramps, or nausea, or diarrhea, or constipation, or pain (location is a factor). In general, avoid fried greasy, spicy foods, alcohol, chocolate, coffee. Some are sensitive to the carbohydrates in dairy, or grains and beans. Some have issues withe proteins in wheat and some other grains. Avoid carbonated beverages, sugarless gum (sorbitol). See a doc, rd. ...Read more
Importance : Very important. Cells in the pancrease (pancrelipase) produce amylase, trypsin and lipase to break your foods down better. Optimal signaling occurs when there is a low ph in the duodenal bulb. (i.e. Proper stomach acid production). 80-85% of your food is "digested by your pancreatic enzymes. (guyton). ...Read more
Indigestion: Sometimes indigestion is due a condition known as heart burn. Start with your diet. Watch carbohydrates especially how they are combined with the rest of your food. Sometimes taking antacids will help. Sometimes the symptoms are due to disorders in the GI tract such as gerd, or gall bladder disease. If you are concerned about these, see your doctor. ...Read more
Possible.: It is necessary to chew food properly before you swallow as digestion begins in the mouth, when food gets mixed with saliva. The food also is properly pulverised so that stomach acid & other enzmes of intestine can act upon the food more readily, & hence this process helps i n proper digestion. If the food is not digested properly, it backs up in the system, & when you burp, bad breath occurs. ...Read more
I was reading about how not chewing your food causes poor digestion. Could bad breath happen because of it?
Usually a cause: There is usually a cause for bad breath. Proper oral hygiene and healthy dentition and gums is the most important. But meds, supplements, poor nutrition and leaking fillings and/or crowns (caps,) can be sources. Get a thorough checkup. Brushing your tongue does help. You do not want to overuse breath mints, etc., because the sucking on the mints can cause problems over time. ...Read more
I'm passing food at an incredible rate sometimes in as little as 3 hours. What can I do to slow my digestion to allow for proper absorption?
The gut: The intestinal track is an inherently "dirty" place. It is the body's waste disposal unit, and so is designed to not be clean. Our gut has many helpful bacteria in it, without which we would have problems with digestion. So I would not be eager to "clean up" the gut. Digestion can be aided by foods with lots of fiber, and the drinking of water. ...Read more
Do PPI's stop all acid production or do you still have enough to digest food? Is digestion slowed down because of the reduction?
Not enough, yes: The intent of PPI therapy is to totally shut down acid production & they reduce acid up to 99%. This does interfere with digestion, preventing breaking down protein & decreasing absorption of minerals like calcium & magnesium as well as B12. Our bodies go to a lot of trouble to make HCl and reducing it has serious consequences. I advise not using PPI's for more than 3 mos. See http://bit.ly/1b1Avq ...Read more
Not in400 characters: There are entire text books written about this topic, some of which are thousands of pages in length. Essentially, the body mechanically breaks food down, then uses chemical reactions and enzymes to absorb the nutrients, and then excretes the waste products in the stool. The detail involves how it does that with each different type of nutrient. Fascinating field! ...Read more
Is there any way I can get my body to pass out food that I didn't use after digestion, without absorbing the calories in them?
Would be unnatural: For almost the entire human existence, food has been rather scarce. Our bodies are designed to absorb every bit of nutrition from the little food we have on Earth. It's only within the past 100 years that so many people are eating way too much. Undigested calories (food) coming out the butt smells disgustingly foul, and is the diarrhea seen in diseases of malabsorption such as short-gut syndrome. ...Read more
To Keep The Body Healthy, How Does The Small Intestine Work With Other Systems of digestion?
Please give at least 3 examples ...
Protiens, Fat, Carbs: Your small intestine begins at your duodenum and this is where your body actually digests your foods. Enzymes from your liver and pancreas break food down into its basic particles. Meats/proteins to amino acids, sugars to carbohydrates and fats to fatty acids. The rest of your small bowel has miles of small bowel to digest. ...Read more
M south indian. Which foods are helpful in curing digestion problem? Some times it gets difficult for me to pass stool, then there will be pain on anus.
Can you please tell me about some great vegetarian foods to help digestion and my stomach in general?
Is it possible that you will develop good intolerances of food you had in gut at time of paralysis of digestion?
Interesting question: Some feel that "leaky gut" increases likelihood of developing food intolerances. This may frequently happen in response to gluten -- and once it does, antibody responses to other foods besides that one may occur. Then you'd have multiple issues and not just one (gluten). Best to discuss your personal situation with the doctor who treated your "paralysis of digestion, " though. ...Read more
Does Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) 60 mg for 8 weeks interfere with food digestion? Will it affect nutrients or electrolytes?
Is it okay to drink around 500 ml water along with food.or does it interfere with the digestion process. When is the best time to drink water.?
That's only about...: That's only about a little more than 2 cups of water per meal. Why would you think that's too much, and what's your concern that you can only drink water at certain times of the day? ...Read more
There seems to be a lot of confusing info in regard to digestion after GB removal
I don't have stones or attacks but mine is twisted
My main problem is major bloating after just about any food, and I mean organic home prepared healthy food.
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Why does my poop sometimes smell disturbingly like what the food was before it became poop? Digestion or nerve problem?
Neither: Mot likely byproducts of the metabolized food. ...Read more
My stool has been very sour smelling. I have food intolerances and diverticular disease, but otherwise digestion has been normal, cause?
Change in bowels: Odor, amount, color, frequency of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, & other factors. If stool pattern has changed, is unusual for you, & the change persists, or is accompanied by other symptoms, see your doctor pls. ...Read more
What do you advise if I'm not digesting food well at all, could digestion or not making enough thyroid hormone be related to this craving?
What can I do for slow colon emptying. Also, my food digestion is very slow. Severe constipation because of it. I do not have a bm for 5-7 days.
Fluid/ fiber/ see md: You should be pushing 30+ grams of fiber a day and drinking at least 64 oz of water as well. This is so important and can help the majority of people with constipation. However, you may need some basic testing. A colonoscopy will usually not show the answer but may be helpful if bleeding or weight loss. See a doc because there are meds, otc and prescription that can help. Good luck. ...Read more