My transit time must be faster than normal. Corn takes a day to go through me, even faster if I have diarrhea. I never get constipated. I guess that's why it was so easy for me to figure out what foods/beverages bothered my digestive system. If I get diarrhea after I eat something, I know it is from the last thing I ate/drank. In some cases, the food that comes out could be from food that is already in my system (being pushed out), but the cause nevertheless is from what I just ate/drank.
After I eliminated all foods/beverages that bothered me, I now have no diarrhea and bloating. I also have minimal gas (in other words, what's normal for most people). And my BMs are healthy looking. No more IBS :)
There is a pallet test that can be done to determine digestion time.
It normally takes 36 to 48 hours for food to be digested. More than 72 hours is considered slow. Diarrhea will usually result when transit time is less than 12 hours.
It is even faster in acute dehydrating diarrhea:
"The mouth-to-anus transit time was estimated in 24 young children admitted to an outpatient rehydration unit with acute dehydrating diarrheal disease by adding an oral fecal marker (brilliant blue) to the first draught of oral rehydration solution. Transit times ranged from 30 to 242 min
I have experienced this--having a transit time of about
30min (15 min from the last bite/sip to the first diarrhea coming out) to a few hours; so I know what it is like to eat/drink something and see it all come out.
I know it sounds impossible, but you must remember it's not food that it traveling through the system, it is pure brown water.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS); Currently in remission
Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.
Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins, Anti-inflammatory foods, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners -- Fecal transplantation worked, Prednisone stopped working, Colazal stopped working, Asacol stopped working
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