How Long Does Food Take To Digest?

Consider the food you are putting into your body before it’s too late. Just remember it is all about understanding how your body works, this will allow you to use the correct fuel for it. Careful selection, the right quantities, and understanding food digestion rates will help you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.

Let me explain to you a little about how your body works, and then you be the judge. After all it’s your body and who am I to tell you what to do with it. This is what I do and look at me I am perfectly normal, aren’t I? Hahaha

For food to digest it has to go through a number of different processes. In this article I will discuss a little bit about them. Food digestion takes 12-48 hours on average. However for clear understanding, digestion time will solely depend on the type of food consumed by an individual. For example fruit and veggies take 30 minutes to digest, liquids take about 20 minutes, carbohydrates take 3 hours and meat takes 24 hours. This is why it is advisable to drink lots of water, eat lots of fruit and veg, but limit your consumption of meat.

Food digestion rates also depend on the gut transit. Food will pass through here slowly if you do not exercise sufficiently,people who exercise frequently will have faster digestion ability. The average time for food to stay in the gut transit is 24 to 56 hours. If food stays here for less than 2 hours it is a sign of very poor digestion. This will lead to dehydration, and there will be less time for nutrient absorption. I would suggest seeking medical advice if this is happening on a regular occurrence.

The digestion of food occurs after it is broken down both mechanically (chewing) and chemically. The digestion rate is constant at the mechanical stage whilst it varies at the chemical stage. At the latter stage enzymes are involved to make the large macronutrients be broken down to their smaller forms and thus ease digestion. Therefore chewing your food many times before swallowing is desirable.

Enzymes fasten digestion. This means the earlier enzyme production occurs the faster the digestion. The mouth secretes amylase, so digestion of carbohydrates occurs first, the stomach then secretes protease enzyme to digest protein and lastly the small intestines secrete lipase to digest fats. The digestion process continues to the intestines even if it started in the mouth.

Different types of exercises have different effects on the digestion rate. It is good to exercise as the digestion rate will be more efficient with good exercise, but if you are experiencing digestion process issue, contact a physician so that you can be instructed on the right thing to do.

When exercising to correct a digestive problem, keep in mind that extreme exercises might affect the digestion in a negative way. Stick to lighter exercises instead. Cardiovascular exercises are good since they strengthen the muscle of the abdomen and ease digestion in the process.

Precautions before exercising; if you are pregnant, elderly or underage consult a doctor first before commencing on any exercise, allow yourself at least 2 hours after eating to start any exercise. Light exercises like yoga will help in the digestion process as well as reducing stress. Sometimes it is stress that leads to digestion disorders.

Muscles are the most crucial part of the body on the digestive system. To tone muscles you need to do the exercises such as; yoga, breathing exercises and cross training. Do all these on an empty stomach to be sure to get the most out of your workout.

For the food to digest normally you should eat well, drink enough water, and exercise lightly. By eating well I mean you have to watch the types of nutrients you take in. Make sure it measures up to a balanced diet.

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