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   Posted 4/16/2007 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wondering if anyone knew roughly how long it takes for foods or liquids to move through your system.  If I eat something around 8-9pm, can it cause me grief first thing in the morning?  Just thinking this may help me determine what foods may cause my D.
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dbab
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   Posted 4/17/2007 5:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Bowel transit time ranges for everyone. Of course, someone with D will have a faster transit time than someone with C. The normal person can range of course from 3 (normal) BMs a day to 3 a week.
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   Posted 4/17/2007 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
A lot of factors come into play here, depending upon:

a) each individual's rate of metabolism
b) type of diet - some high-protein foods like meat take longer to digest, whereas fruit, vegetables, juices digest faster
c) activity/exercise speeds up digestion
d) water/fluid intake

Although I have a BM at least once every day, evacuation is seldom complete which causes gas and bloating. I have noticed that exercise, high fibre diet, and some teas help with evacuation. Increasing my water intake has helped a lot with flushing out the digestive tract.

It also helps to eat early in the evening (around 6 - 7 p.m.) to enable some digestion as a result of moderate activity before going to bed. Sleeping on a full stomach always causes me grief the next morning.

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   Posted 4/17/2007 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I have heard that to test your transit rate yourself, try swallowing sunflower seeds whole (or with as little chewing as possible), then look for them at the other end. I usually have one-two days transit time; I can usually see the night-before-last's supper first thing in the morning, but if I get D, then I can see last night's supper later on in the morning too.

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   Posted 4/17/2007 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Please do not swallow sunflower seeds whole if you have diverticulosis or could potentially have, this could be very dangerous.


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Keriamon
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   Posted 4/17/2007 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Very true, dbab. My stepfather gets quite sick if he eats any sort of small seeds like that. Something about they lodge in his pocket and get infected.
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