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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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 ...
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Can I Survive on a Mostly Grass/Leaf Diet?

I want to guarantee an easy, effective, and possibly free food source for the rest of my days, but I am skeptical. Growing my own organic food would be ideal, but that would limit my mobility or ...
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Supplements: When and how to take them to maximize absorption

I switched to a vegetarian diet a while back, and I am now taking a few supplements consisting of common minerals, vitamins and omega-3's as a compliment to my regular diet. When should I take the ...
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Walking immediately after the meal

I find different views for this topic. First view, It is not a good idea to walk immediately after a meal as your stomach requires energy to digest the food and so you should not be using your ...
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Why antacid for overeating?

I saw on this popular website (http://www.livestrong.com/article/345573-how-to-relieve-the-feeling-of-overeating/) and other sites as well, a recommendation to take an antacid for overeating. But isn'...
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Can eating certain food cause appendicitis?

When I was a little kid I loved garlic. But It was too tedious for me to peel it, so I ate it without peeling it first. My mom would always tell me that the peel is like garbage and that it does not ...
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What can cause B.P. to fall after breakfast?

@9:00am I just had a bowl of corn checks and I feel faint. This happens each morning. The wife takes my B.P.when I feel faint. Right now it is 62/44, pulse 111 (I normally run high on my pulse). It ...
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Is it safe to take Magnesium pills (dissolve in water) if you have Gastritis?

It seems that magnesium helps tremendously with anxiety. However, I do get a little pain in my stomach after drinking it. Is it safe for an inflamed stomach lining to drink magnesium supplements?
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Why exactly does acid reflux or GERD cause chest pain? [closed]

After 3 years of acid reflux I started to get chronic chest pain from it. Every-time I feel some acid in my esophagus the chest pain comes in very quickly. Why am I not just feeling the burning ...
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Is stomach acid from healthy food different from unhealthy food?

This is maybe a weird question but let me try to explain it. Once healthy food (vegetables, fruits, healthy oil's etc.) reaches the stomach the acids kick's in to break the food further. Is the ...
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Is dairy sensitivity in infants related to quantity?

We have a 9-month-old who has been sensitive to cow's milk in mom's diet for much of her life. Mom stopped consuming dairy around 2 months, and we've tried reintroducing it a couple times with poor ...
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Do higher amounts of alcohol (beer) help gastritis?

I was at a party and despite my gastritis symptoms I decided to have a couple of drinks. I drank 1.2l (5.US customary cups). At first (after one or two cups) I felt pain and bloating, but after ...
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Why does exercise relief stomach pain/bloating

I have chronic stomach discomfort especially after eating. Why does even little exercise relief my stomach discomfort? I also suffer from IBS, does this mean that the gas inside the stomach goes away ...
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How to ingest vitamin C for patients after a gastric surgery?

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient and a powerful antioxidant. While many sorts of fresh fruit and vegetables are a great source of this vitamin, it is sensitive to heat and might decompose during ...
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Can longterm anxiety (fear of disease-nosemaphobia) cause chronic gastritis [closed]

I've had chronic gastritis (with a healed ulcer and 2 times erosive gastritis) for over 6 years now. I've also had 4 gastroscopy procedures. I can't find the cause of it up to this date. From the ...
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Does IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) lower the risk of cancer?

There has been an interesting study which says that smelling farts helps decrease the risk of cancer. Basically the study says: hydrogen sulfide — a.k.a. what your body produces as bacteria breaks ...
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Can Helicobacter pylori be transmitted through saliva?

I was wondering if you can get Helicobacter pylori (the bacteria that can cause gastritis and ulcers) by kissing a person, if that person is infected with it?
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Malnutrition vs Pure Protein Shakes Diet

Let's say in a hypothetical example someone is very busy M-Th, whether it be with schooling and/or work, and is unable to find time to eat. There is an exception as they are able to have a small to ...
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Is it healthy to fast for a full day once a week? [closed]

I heard that fasting once a week gives some rest to our digestive system and allows it to refresh. I tried this twice, but it gave me a headache and made me feel uneasy. Is it good for health? Will ...
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Eating chewing gum after lunch everyday

I eat Doublemint chewing gum everyday after lunch. I eat it just to avoid drowsiness after lunch. I started this from the last week. I have some questions, Does chewing gum help in digesting food ? ...
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gas/upset stomach from red meat?

So this wasn't formerly a problem for me until quite recently. I've noticed that generally deli meat (roast beef or pastrami) is the typical culprit that does this to me. Symptoms include: foul ...
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Do protein bars/shakes provide nutrients that your body can use?

To my understanding, a lot of people consider protein bars/shakes unhealthy. They are processed, often sugary, and contain chemicals that are probably used to create gym mats. I eat protein bars ...
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What is proper time for drinking water with meal? [duplicate]

I've gone through many articles on Google. One says it's good to drink water after meal as it aids digestion while others say never drink water after a meal because it will dilute the acids (i.e. HCl)...
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What should I eat before going to bed so that I don't wake up of being hungry?

What should I eat before going to bed so that I don't wake up of being hungry? Protein? Low GI carbs? Fat? How much? Which of these will stay in my stomach for 9 hours during the night? I am on ...
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Is hemotoxic snake venom safe to ingest? [closed]

I have heard that snake venom is safe to ingest. Normally when I hear about this it is about hemotoxic venoms such as that of a rattlesnake. The argument towards snake venom being safe to ingest is ...
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How to increase my gut bacteria? Are there any drugs available?

I got this problem in my digestive system that foods that I eat don't digest properly. I searched the internet and found out that a lack of gut bacteria can cause that kind of problem. How can gut ...
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Acidity of gut contents

How does the pH of the contents of the gut vary from the stomach to the anus? I know that chyme is very acidic, but after that?
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Are there any health concerns to regular consumption of liquified bone and marrow smoothie?

I blend up the cooked bone in my steaks into a savory smoothie. I like to think it's a superfood meal. I am, however, not a licensed/doctoral nutritionist, so I'm not sure about the health benefits or ...
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How long does it take to convert food into fat?

If I eat a very large meal, how long does my body take to convert the excess calories into fat?
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Why does lying down after meal cause diarrhea? [closed]

Quite often if I lie down not long after a meal, I will have diarrhea. Why is that? Will any other actions after a meal have similar effect?
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How much food is necessary to buffer the stomach when taking medicine?

Very often, doctors or pharmacists will advise patients to take certain pills with food to "act as a buffer" so the patient is less likely to get a stomach ache from taking the pill. How much food is ...
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How long does someone with acid reflux who's just eaten have to wait before drinking water?

A friend recently told me that GERD patients (acid reflux) should not drink water with meals. I found an article that explains the reasoning. Basically, water dilutes the stomach acid required for ...
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When is a stomach “empty” for the purpose of taking medication?

Some medication (certain antibiotics, thyroxine, PPIs) need to be taken on an "empty stomach". For most patients, that just means they take them after sleeping. However, certain circumstances can lead ...
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When is swallowing fish bones dangerous

According to a study (2013): Ingestion of fish bones or coins by young children is a relatively common presentation in the PED, and it is associated with frequent medical interventions. Although ...
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Long term use of stomach acid reducers: Omeprazole or Ranitidine?

I find omeprazole (Prilosec, Losec) and ranitidine (Zantac) work about equally well for stomach acid reduction. For long term daily use, which is safer?
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Are hot liquids better for digestion?

Intuitively, I think cold liquids require energy to move them up to a temperature more suitable for the body. Since hot liquids are closer to our bodies' core temperatures, I figure it's easier for ...
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How does water intake with meals influence digestion? [duplicate]

I am trying to figure out how water intake during meals effects digestion. Particularly, what volumes of water would inhibit digestion versus benefit digestion. Additionally, if water benefits the ...
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How long should you wait after lunch if you want to take a bath, and why?

Is it true that one shouldn't take a bath after lunch? If so, does it depend on how heavy the lunch is? whether one is taking a bath or a shower or bathing in a river? how warm or cold the water ...
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Constipation, FODMAPS and consumption of fiber

If an individual has symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome constipation (IBS-C) and is following the low FODMAPS guidance on the foods to consume , there appears to be a significant amount of ...
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How does the stomach handle liquid vs solid food?

I've read the the stomach must secrete HCl and pepsin to break down food. If I have an empty stomach, then drink a large amount of liquid, I wonder if the liquid passes quickly, or gets processed in ...
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What are the causes of Chronic Diarrhea?

What are the main causes for chronic diarrhea and frequent mouth ulcers when the following is true: Patient's hormones are normal Patient's endoscopy and colonoscopy are normal Patient does not have ...
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How do probiotics work?

What are the bacteria in your large intestine doing that benefits health/immunity? I first heard about these bacteria in a health food store about 20 years ago. This was before people started using ...
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What happens when you swallow larger chunks of food?

We're advised to chew our food many times before swallowing which breaks the food down into small chunks before we swallow and send it off down to our stomachs. What happens if we were to swallow ...
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Coworker regularly takes 30-45 minutes on the toilet - is this normal?

I have a coworker who is known - behind his back - for taking excessively long in the bathroom. It's not unusual for our department to have to delay a meeting 10, 20, even 30 minutes waiting for him ...
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Do the antimicrobial properties of honey counteract the probiotic properties of yogurt?

The question is summed up in the title. In the quest for impeccable gut flora, this concern popped up. EDIT: Some additional information regarding the antibacterial properties of honey and the ...
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Does walking after eating really help with gas and constipation?

Does it really make any difference? If yes, then by what mechanism? I pass gas frequently and have hard stools. I've read that walking helps with both these problems. For example, on the Mayo Clinic ...