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Questions tagged [digestion]

the process of breaking down food by mechanical and enzymatic action in the alimentary canal into substances that can be used by the body.

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Should ideal dietary fibre quantities relate to the amount of food one consumes?

Typically advice seems (for the non-medical professional) to state recommended dietary fibre in absolute mass. I wonder if it is more accurate to state recommended dietary fibre in terms of the ...
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Are there negative health implications from eating only cold food?

Can eating only food that has been re hydrated (cold soaked), and packaged food such as bars and other snacks have a negative effect on ones health that heating would help negate? My gut tells me that ...
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Why do you end up high on the Bristol stool scale when you are hungover?

Why do you end up high on the Bristol stool scale when you are hungover? What is it with alcohol that interrupts the normal processes in the bowel? Even if you drink plenty of alcohol, the amount of ...
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Digestion and absorption of large scale protein structures

In school we learned that all ingested proteins are digested via denaturation and breaking up the larger macro-structure into peptides and amino-acids so small that they can be absorbed and which are ...
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Where would the food go if the the stomach and spleen are both taken away?

One of my friend was diagnosed with a cyst in the spleen, and doctors said need to operate and need to take away the stomach and spleen. If this both was taken away, what will happen with the food ...
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Why HCL does not damage the walls of our stomach?

As we know that HCL is strong acid. It is very dangerous and corrosive to skin and can damage the skin tissues very badly and if it is drunk by someone then his health is strongly affected and he may ...
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How can we digest protein, fats and carbs at the same time?

I read that carbohydrates need an alkakine environment to be digested while protein and fats need an acidic one, so how can the human stomach handle both at the same time ?
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Sugar and nitric oxide [closed]

studies show that sugar has a negative impact on our bodies ability to produce nitric oxide. I’ve been having difficulty trying to find out how much sugar consumption is required before it begins to ...
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How to sterilize the human intestine using a safe method?

I want to know how can one sterilize their intestine (both small/large) and what are the consequences.
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what is the bioavailability of ingested collagen? [duplicate]

I am asking with respect to collagen ingested from your grocery store that comes in dried powder form in containers like 'vital proteins' collagen peptitdes. Is the collagen triple helix completely ...
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What can cause stomach issues in a vegetarian?

I'm curious as to what sorts of viral, bacterial, or otherwise physiological sources could cause stomach discomfort in a vegetarian and in the presence of all of the following (in other words, having ...
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What is the bioavailability of collagen?

I am asking with respect to collagen ingested from your grocery store that comes in dried packets or containers. Is the collagen completely destroyed and denatured in the stomach with the acidic PH? ...
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Is fibre an essential nutrient?

Inuits' diet consists almost entirely of meat. As per my understanding, meat does not provide us with fibre and fibre is obtained from plant products only. Do the Inuits suffer from any malnutrition ...
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Is it possible to keep reusing shop bough probiotics? [closed]

I only buy it once, and use it again and again for years when I make sauerkraut or any kind of fermented food Is it possible and beneficial?
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Can the foods you have been eating be detected through blood tests?

I know that things like sodium, cholesterol, and sugar levels can be found in blood (at least I think so.) But what about things like fruits and veggies? Can that be detected through bloodwork? Or ...
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Can the air enter the intestine from the mouth and go farther out (Fart generation)?

Is uncontrolled bloating witch leads to fart, a medical condition? Is it possible that the air swallowed by the mouth enters the intestines and fools out (to be bored or to fart)? If this is ...
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What are health benefits of DGL Licorice

I've seen multiple product advertisements for DGL Licorice and was wondering if there is a scientific consensus on the health benefits of the product.
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Dietary Interactions that cause Constipation

I have been wondering, what are known dietary causes for constipation? Is there a reason that combining Rice and Meat in a meal would cause constipation? Is there some gut reaction that is causing ...
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How long does it take for diarrhea to pass through the bowels?

I would be interested to know how much time does it take for diarrhea to pass through the human bowels? I am looking for a timeline, eg 2-3 hours vs the regular 6-8.
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Does free sugar intake before meals cause more adverse effects than after them?

The WHO gives sugar intake recommendations in terms of percentage of energy intake. That, combined with some popular wisdom makes the think that it isn't the same if I eat, say a chocolate bar, before ...
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Neutralize bile in stomach

In acid reflux disease, patients are advised to eat foods that can neutralize acid in their stomach to keep the acid level in stomach low enough, for example just a small cake can efficiently reduce ...
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Interested in how these particular supplements work together

I feel there's a lack of information about taking a wide variety of supplements, however, people are increasingly taking a wider variety of supplements. I'm interested in finding out how these ...
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Effects of eating rice at dinner time

I have heard the claim that eating rice during dinner is not good for ones health. Is this true? What is the impact of eating rice in night?
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Why do I get bloated stomach when in office but not at home? [closed]

I work in a software company. When in office, I tend to eat moderately. I make sure I have a short stroll every hour in office. At the end of the day, I end up getting bloated stomach. But when I'm ...
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Do artificial sweeteners increase risk of diabetes or hyperinsulinemia?

Does the consumption of artificial sweeteners as a replacement for sugar increase the risk of diabetes or hyperinsulinemia? Have there been any clinical trials studying this?
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Can it hurt you to eat a worm in a strawberry

My grandson loves strawberries, but this morning he was eating his cereal and I had cut up strawberries to put in it. My eye sight is not the best, but I think that slice of berry must have been ...
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Why do people lose their appetite while having a fever?

Fevers raise the body's temperature, therefore requiring more energy. Why, then, is a loss of appetite a characteristic of fevers if food would provide the essential extra energy used to raise the ...
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What level of alcohol is dangerous for children

I've come across a number of food products that have some alcohol ranging from .04% to 2% they often don't have warnings and you only find by going through the ingredients. Some examples deserts ...
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can I take pills before food?

Some medicine is required to take with food. This question asked how much food you need to take. But I'm interested if you can take pills and then eat later (20-30 min). Is it considered that you ...
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Effect of water consumption on rate of digestion

I drink a lot of water, a maximum of 0.5 liter per hour. Does this change the rate of digestion and are there any side effects for this kind of habit?
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How does gallbladder removal affects fat digestion?

If I understand correctly, the sole purpose of the gallbladder is to store extra bile that is opportunely released in order to properly digest fat. When the gallbladder is removed, what happens when ...
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What is “lax cardia”?

My upper GI endoscopy report impression says: lax cardia, grade a relux oesophagitis, erosive gastritis. What is "lax cardia"? My symptoms: abdomen pain around belly button, weight loss, belching etc....
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Eating egg shells: advantages v.s. disadvantages?

I am an engineer and a scientist, but not in the field of medicine or health. Partial answers/comments are welcome. Some of my family members start eating egg shells for the sake of obtaining ...
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Digesting liquid food vs solid food equivalent

I am curious to find out what happens during the digestion of solid food or liquid food compared with each other. For example, what takes longer to digest and what takes longer before feeling hungry ...
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Is liquorice low FODMAP?

Is pure liquorice juice extracted from the root, solidified, with nothing added, usually sold in sticks or small pieces, non chewable, a low FODMAP ingredient ?
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Which Alcohol is fine with upset stomach?

I have a sensitive stomach and it gets disturbed by outside food quite soon. Currently it just got over it (no alcohol involved yet) but I might have a party soon with unavoidable liqueur, so I wanted ...
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How do extended release tablets work?

I know these tablets are especially formulated and coated to dissolve over a certain period of time. I also notice that all I've seen, quite a lot, are too large to pass through the Pylorus. Do they ...
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Do proton pump inhibitors (PPI's) shut down all the proton pumps in all cells across our body system?

It's known that proton pumps exist in all cells in our bodies and help us to get rid of damaged proteins (present a disposal system). PPI's (omeprazole, pantoprazole, esomeprazole, lansoprazole and ...
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In drinking hot, warm, room temperature, or cold water - is water temperature proven to be connected with any health benefit?

Is there scientific proof that the temperature of water (e.g., above or below room temperature) in our water consumption is connected with any health benefit? Auyrveda testimonials I've seen online ...
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Foods/Drinks to avoid before and during a flight

I am a (recent) frequent flyer with at least 4 transatlantic trips/month. I have noticed that depending on the food I take just before or during the flight, this can have significant consequences on ...
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How long a certain food takes for making intestinal gas?

I've some symptoms of IBS. I want to know some stuff on the basis of my symptoms that I've observed. I know Apples, Melons or milk can cause gas. For instance, before quitting milk, when I would ...
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What is the correct way to insert the end of the enema tube?

I have been trying enema for a couple of days. When I insert the rectal strip, it goes about a inch in. But when I release the water, nothing happens. I don't see the water flowing into me. My ...
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Is eating spicy food bad for health?

There is already a superb post about "hot" spices like cayenne/pepper. I am not asking specifically about these spices, but in general all the spices. Spices can include a variety of items like cloves,...
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Interesting data from stool/poop

I'm interested in getting personal health data from unusual sources. What are some surprising things you can learn from your stool/fecal material, e.g. regarding: Gut flora Digestive health ...
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What is the actual reason behind intestinal gas?

I have some symptoms of IBS. And the most irritating problem I'm dealing with is intestinal gas. I'm taking medicines but they don't seem working. Neither it is curing IBS nor the gas problem. I'm ...
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Does the digestive disorders affect the location of aorta beat around navel?

You might have experienced this. If you lie on your back on a flat surface and place your finger or thumb right over navel (men or women), and press softly down, you'd feel the beating just like ...
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Does it help to add fiber to sugary foods?

One of the problems with fruit juice is that it provides all the sugar with almost none of the fiber to help slow the absorption of sugar in the body. If fiber is added back to the fruit juice before ...
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Could refugees live off of oil and multivitamins (and maybe some protein)?

Thinking about refugees and the incredible problem of how to feed them, it occurred to me that vegetable oils are extremely calorie-dense, inexpensive and while relatively unpalatable, theoretically ...
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What is the mechanism by which diarrhea is triggered?

I know that many things, from stress to pathogens, can cause diarrhea. But I was curious what in the digestive tract detects that something is wrong (eg are there chemoreceptors which find problems, ...
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What is solution of irritable bowel syndrome(IBS)? [Diarrhoea-predominant IBS]

Male/24 I have several bowel motions in the morning – the first may be before breakfast (immediately after awakening). Subsequent bowel motions may be only 20-30mins apart and are usually looser and ...