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Do healthy gut bacteria help body absorb more calories from food or they burn the calories ?

Do healthy gut bacteria help body absorb more calories from food or they burn the calories ?

Neither: They live in your colon, after you have absorbed what you need. Any impact is probably minimal. Some of my friends here will disagree, but I would urge you not to waste your time reading our worrying about this fringe stuff and focus of sensible eating and hard workouts. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Will supplementing lactase help me to digest casein? Or is there an OTC enzyme to help digest casein?

Will supplementing lactase help me to digest casein? Or is there an OTC enzyme to help digest casein?

No: Supplementing lactase helps you digest lactose, the sugar that is in milk and dairy. Casein is the protein that is in milk and dairy, and has no connection with the lactase enzyme for digesting it. Different enzyme systems digest your proteins, fats and carbohydrates (sugars). ...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 overcooking food destroy the nutrients? Please, need some answers?

Does overcooking food destroy the nutrients? Please, need some answers?

Basically no: Minerals, proteins, carbonhydrates, fats, and most of the vitamins (except probably C) are not so much affected. There's a corrupt school of "natural healing " that emphasizes eating only raw ("live") rather than cooked ("dead") food. If you're interested in natural / metaphysical medicine, get with an evidence-based holist in your community. ...Read more

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Which foods help your body grow?

Which foods help your body grow?

A balanced diet: Is required to ensure all necessary nutrients are consumed regularly. ...Read more

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Can takin antacids make your food harder to digest?

Can takin antacids make your food harder to digest?

Unlikely to matter: The enzyme systems needed to aid digestion benefit from the acid produced in the stomach wall. The stomach's cells have the ability to generate endless amounts of acid and those antacids you take have a temporary and limited effect.They can reduce your symptoms at the stomach end of the process without having any significant effect on the rest of digestion. ...Read more

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why aren't the proteins we eat denatured in the acidic stomach? how are enzymes able to connect to the proteins, low stomach PH doesnt denature them?

why aren't the proteins we eat denatured in the acidic stomach? how are enzymes able to connect to the proteins, low stomach PH doesnt denature them?

Thoughtful question!: Enzymatic digestion occurs predominantly in the small bowel due to the action of "pancreatic juice" which contains many enzymes, including trypsinogen, chymotrypsinogen, elastase, carboxypeptidase, pancreatic lipase, nucleases & amylase. The pancreas also expresses bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) to neutralize stomach acid, thereby promoting enzymatic action. ...Read more

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Could you please describe how the stomach digests food without (ordinarily) digesting itself?

Could you please describe how the stomach digests food without (ordinarily) digesting itself?

Protective lining: The stomach lining contains cells known as Foveolar cells, which produce mucous which lines the inside of the stomach and protects it against the enzymes/acid - which digest food - that can otherwise damage the stomach. ...Read more

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Which digestive organ releases enzymes to help break down starches, proteins and fats in the small intestines?

Which digestive organ releases enzymes to help break down starches, proteins and fats in the small intestines?

Pancreas: the pancreas is the organ that releases the enzymes to help breakdown starches, proteins and fats in the small intestines. ...Read more

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What can we do to help our food digest more easily because I have peptic ulcer?

What can we do to help our food digest more easily because I have peptic ulcer?

Not much.: Peptic ulcer disease does not affect your ability to digest food. What you should do is avoid any particular foods which you notice give you problems. Some people have issues with spicy or acidic foods. If you do, avoid those. You should take your medicine to treat the ulcer, and to eliminate Helicobacter pylori, if it was found to be present. Avoid aspirin and NSAID's, such as ibuprofen, also. ...Read more

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Can eating very spicy food actually cause damage to stomach/ digestive system?

Can eating very spicy food actually cause damage to stomach/ digestive system?

Possible : It is possible that extremely spicy foods consumed on regular basis can cause a damage to the stomach lining, that also can cause ulcers.. ...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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Which food oils, or oily foods, give a good stimulus to move your bowels?

Which food oils, or oily foods, give a good stimulus to move your bowels?

Fiber: In general, the best natural way to "move bowels" is to eat foods with high fiber content. Fiber is material that can't be broken down by our gastrointestinal system and move things along. Oil and oily foods are absorbed by the gut, unless there is some sort of enzyme deficiency, so they aren't effective for what you're suggesting. Very oily foul smelling stools are termed steatorrhea. ...Read more

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Which food with carbohydrates are easier to digest for people with fructose intolerance?

Which food with carbohydrates are easier to digest for people with fructose intolerance?

Avoid fruits: Fructose is the main sugar in fruits (which is how they came about the name).Milk products have lactose, and most starchy foods like potatoes have complex carbohydrates.If you just read labels and stay away from fructose and raw fruits, you should be fine. ...Read more

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My body can't digest fats proteins and carbohydrates and need digestive enzymes, what to do?

My body can't digest fats proteins and carbohydrates and need digestive enzymes, what to do?

Digestion: It would be unusual for your body not to be able to digest all three of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. What makes you think that you are not able to digest them? Have you had any test that showed that? If you have, I would be happy to help you with your dietary issues. Just find me on HealthTap Concierge and have your test results handy to upload. Good luck. ...Read more