Wow. That was fast.
May 12, 2006 1:32 PM Subscribe
My curiosity has gotten the better of me. Somewhat gross bodily function question inside.
posted by contessa to health & fitness (37 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
How is it possible that after eating something that isn't...quite right...its' rush toward the back-door exit is almost immediate?
Last night I went out to eat at an otherwise reputable chain-ish sit down restaurant. I had a chicken dish. The food was alright - tasted propery cooked, anyhow - and I didn't feel sick while eating it, but within minutes of getting into my car to head home I definitely felt it was not going to turn out well, and soon. Mad, rumbling stomach cramps. Up until that point I had been feeling 100% perfectly fine and healthy all day. Luckily it was a short drive.
What's been boggling me since then is:
(1) If the food made me sick, oughtn't I to have puked it up? It should have still been in my stomach, not in my intestines, right?
(2) How is it possible for the food to have gotten from Point A to Point B so quickly? My knowledge of human digestion is admittedly limited, but it seemed like this happened fast. The time elapsed from when the last bite was consumed to when my meal...reappeared...was, at most, about 30 minutes.
I must know, am I some kind of freak of human digestion?