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Digestion question! may be too much info for some.

Sometimes recently when I eat, I immediately have to use the bathroom. It feels like the food is going straight through me. I cant actually tell ofcourse if its the food I just ate or not, yet it makes it difficult for me to tell if I've properly digested the food or if it really did just go STRAIGHT through me. Is this possible? And if it is then am I consuming the calories in what I ate?
Obviously I will talk to my doctor about this problem because it isnt fun...but do any of you know the real science of digestion? How long does it take for the body to process food, and do some people digest food extremely rapidly? Its sort of throwing off my diet because after I eat I immediately become empty again and want to eat more but I'm not sure if that makes any sense. Also it doesnt seem to happen with any particular foods...I avoid dairy almost entirely and today It happened after eating dried apricots and almonds...which dont seem too irritating to the stomach. Any thoughts would be appreciated:)

Fri. Dec 1, 7:26pm

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According to my colonic technician, a healthy system causes you to move your bowels about half an hour after eating a meal. The waste is actually food you ate about 18 hours before that though (again, this is for a system in perfect condition, which isn't terribly common). According to the technician, digested food starts to leave your stomach about 30 minutes after you eat, and that creates a push from the top of your small intestine that makes your body want to eliminate from other end. So no, it's not the food you just ate - it's last night's dinner gunning for the exit. Dried apricots and almonds? Sounds like a nice chunk of fiber you sent down the chute - it makes sense that you needed to go so soon afterwards, based on the above info.

Other tidbits gleaned from the holistic colon guru that affect rate of digestion... red meat takes ages apparently, like weeks or even months. Dairy and white flour products create mucus in your system, which can cause food to cling to the sides longer than normal. How well you chew your food and fire up your digestive enzymes also affect efficiency.

I haven't tried to verify the technician's info, so I'm afraid I don't have any links to post or anything like that. I hope this helps.

Friday, December 01, 2006, 8:02 PM

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No, it is not the food you just ate coming out. Nor does what particular food you just ate matter.

When you swallow food, it sets off waves of smooth muscle contraction called peristalsis that moves food through your gut. Eating amplifies peristalsis that is already occurring on previous meals going through the system, so yes it is PERFECTLY normal to need to go soon after eating.

As a point of trivia, this is true of many mammals -- if you ever get a chance to see a tame bat eating you will see the result is near-instantaneous, which is fortuitous since the bat needs to fly off not weighted down by too much gut contents.


Friday, December 01, 2006, 8:22 PM

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Bat guts and colonics all in one short thread ... god I love this board!

Friday, December 01, 2006, 8:33 PM

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Hi, Although I'm not an expert I'm taking a Nutrition class right now and this is what I've learned. Your food can't go through you that fast. I'm guessing you may have a food allergy but you really should check with your doctor. Sorry this is WAY too much info but my family calls that rush to the bathroom "colon blow" and it's common for me and my sister. Mine is triggered if I eat a large high fat meal at breakfast (restaurant meal) but my sister struggled with Irritable Bowel Syndrome for years before she got it under control. Good luck to you.

Friday, December 01, 2006, 8:46 PM

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i'm a little concerned because there seems to be a lot of threads here lately posted by someone either throwing up or having to use the toilet after they eat, and they seem to be interested in finding out how many calories they absorbed in the process. i'm not sure if you are the same person-but it sounds like you might be and this reeks of an eating disorder. please talk to someone and see a doctor if this is a common occurance. PT is here to help no matter what your struggles w/ food may be!

Friday, December 01, 2006, 11:49 PM

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