How Long Does The Digestion Of Food Take?
By Pierre Mouchette | Bits-n-Pieces
When your gut works well, digestion is probably not something to consider. But if things are out of whack, you may wonder what is causing digestive symptoms and how to improve things.
Digestion can seem like a mysterious process. After consuming food, it disappears in the body and comes out completely different on the other end. So, how does the process work, and what can be done differently to keep it running efficiently?
How long does it take to digest food?
The digestive process is a cooperative effort among different body parts, each having its role. The entire digestion process can take anywhere from 10 hours to 3 days.
To fully understand, it is best to look at the complete process:
Which food products are best for digestion?
Foods eaten can affect how your body can digest them. Some foods are more accessible to break down than others. But speedy digestion is not always good. Quickly digested foods can lead to unwanted side effects, such as gas and bloating or spikes in blood sugar.
Foods that slow digestion
Certain foods are hard to break down into nutrients the body can absorb. These types of foods will typically take longer to go through the digestive system:
Foods that speed up digestion
Certain foods quickly move the digestive tract and speed up digestion:
Can supplements improve digestion?
Many individuals are curious if supplements can help improve digestion. The following are some of the popular options and what the science indicates:
Lifestyle changes improve digestion.
Many things can affect your digestion beyond the food and supplements you take. Some of these simple changes may seem insignificant, but they can make a big difference in your gut health:
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