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Is it better to gobble or nibble?

Sweets, that is. From the person who just ate an entire bag of Easter chocolate (which doesn't bother me, it's a rare occurrence) - I'm curious. Is there any scientific reason why "bad" foods like fats or sweets are better consumed spread out over time rather than consumed all at once? Assuming the same quantity of total consumption. Google has no answers except "don't eat lots of sweets." [more inside]
posted by celtalitha on May 1, 2014 - 19 answers

What sub-specialist do I speak with to get a dietary plan together?

After years of stomach issues I believe I have found the one food that makes me do a #2 once a day like a normal person. I assume I should talk to a dietician in order to get more information about this success, and to get further recommendations on a long-term diet plan. But is there some sub-specialty of dietician that deals only with these types of digestive issues I should be speaking with? [more inside]
posted by quadog on Jan 25, 2014 - 9 answers

I want better poop.

I want to poop better. I poop frequently enough, but I rarely get the super-satisfying, perfect, long, clean-wipe poop that I deserve. I need reliable information on how to do this. What diet should I have? What should I eat more/less of? What supplements would help? Thanks!
posted by MisantropicPainforest on Nov 13, 2013 - 37 answers

Can raw garlic cure my stomach ulcer and remove H. pylori?

I'm starting a garlic treatment for my stomach ulcer, and have some concerns about whether this will work. My doctor has prescribed antibiotics, but my naturopath has recommended raw garlic (3-4 times daily) and I want to try that approach first, along with other supporting herbs. However I'm worried about the ramifications if this fails, because stomach ulcers are pretty serious from what I hear. Am I taking a big risk of perforation, cancer, internal bleeding etc. by not taking the medication? And is it possible that the garlic could eradicate H. pylori bacteria? [more inside]
posted by TreeHugger on Oct 16, 2013 - 34 answers

I swallowed a plastic fork tine. HELP.

I was at Panera and accidentally chewed and swallowed a plastic fork tine, approximately an inch in length. It may have broken off while I was using it to break and pick up a crouton, and I didn't notice what I'd chewed until I looked down at the fork. That was 8 hours ago. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Aug 9, 2013 - 16 answers

I like salad, it hates me

I've regularly eaten salad as part of a healthy diet, including a period my freshman year of college eating it twice a day. I had no issues. But now, no more. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Sequential Eating, Metabolism, and Digestion

I was researching sequential eating and would like some advice, here are my thoughts and questions: It seems that it takes (on average) 2-4 hours for foods or beverages to leave the stomach. I was wanting to eat/drink something specific every two hours. I have 8 hours to sleep every night, and I like to eat right before sleep as well. This leaves me with 16 hours in a wakened state. Or, 9 segments of eating/drinking. (I drink water right when I wake up) On the basis of sequential eating, what are some useful tips/advice I could keep in consideration while putting together snacks of 1-3 things? It's looking like 4 meals a day, 5 drinks a day, alternating every two hours. OR, what I would rather prefer, is eating 9 meals a day (fruit in the morning with my water), and drinking 6oz of water every hour on the dot. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
posted by JamesBlakeAV on Feb 27, 2013 - 4 answers

YANMD, but do I have IBS?

YANMD, but do I have IBS? How do I cope? [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks on Jan 1, 2013 - 17 answers

I can get an A, but can I do it without a trip to the bathroom?

[TMIfilter] Test anxiety and bodily functions. Help me keep it together. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Dec 19, 2012 - 15 answers

Most Efficient Anaerobic Digestion?

All other factors held constant, what types of microbes at what temperatures would yield the most efficient way of turning an organic waste stream into a a source of methane fuel for use as natural gas? [more inside]
posted by gzimmer on Dec 3, 2012 - 1 answer

Perhaps I'm a cow? Why do I regurgitate my food?

YANMD digestion filter: I regurgitate food. Regularly. If I do any vaguely strenuous exercise within 2 hours of eating, or sometimes longer, up come bite-sized portions of my meal, intact, into my mouth. WTF? [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Nov 27, 2012 - 14 answers

Why is suck

Always hungry, except when I eat meat - then I want to throw up. What is wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Nov 26, 2012 - 15 answers

Guts: FIFO?

Intestinal systems: FIFO? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish on Jul 30, 2012 - 6 answers

What do these foods have in common?

I've identified the things my digestive system doesn't like, but I don't really understand why these foods are causing me trouble. Can you tell me what these foods (list inside) have in common so I can get a better understanding of what it is I am reacting to and so I can avoid other related things? [more inside]
posted by abashed on Jun 19, 2012 - 22 answers

Is it dangerous to eat ice?

Aside from the dangers to your teeth, is it dangerous to eat ice? [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair on May 21, 2012 - 25 answers

Running & S****ing

Two weeks today I'm running a half-marathon (my first). The running is not the problem; issues with my digestion and its effects are. How can I deal with running and the need to poop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2012 - 13 answers

Weird abdominal issues

Weird abdominal issues: I have a doctor's appointment for Tuesday and would appreciate thoughts on whether it's OK to wait until then. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2011 - 9 answers

2 x food = 2 x calorie intake?

fatfi: if you eat twice as much, do you take in twice the number of calories? Or does your body begin to ignore food or process it differently once you pass a certain threshold?
posted by omnigut on Jun 2, 2011 - 7 answers

Could I have a food allergy, intolerance or both?

Could I have a food allergy, an intolerance, both or neither? Special snowflake diet/symptoms info inside. [more inside]
posted by greenfelttip on Nov 17, 2010 - 23 answers

sugar-free, flour-free diet?

Do you have any experience with the sugar/flour-free diet esp. in relation to it aiding digestion problems? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Nov 13, 2010 - 13 answers

Time frame for improvement when lactose intolerant?

If you have lactose intolerance, how long does it take to feel better after stopping eating dairy products? [more inside]
posted by medusa on Jul 5, 2010 - 17 answers

My gut is not a calorimeter.

Prompted by this comment, I'm here to ask what the deal is with "calories" as a measure of "nutritional content" (whatever that means). I understand that the calorie value we see on food packaging is arrived at by burning the food in a calorimeter, and that this would be an effective measure of the total chemical energy in the substance. How well does this actually approximate the energy our body can put to use (mechanically, or for other biological processes)? Isn't this measure essentially useless for people trying to lose weight? Why do we put so much emphasis on it then? Are there some foods which have an astronomical number of calories which our digestive systems can do little with?
posted by phrontist on Mar 27, 2010 - 14 answers

Bacteria: How much is too much?

I eat lots of yogurt and drink lots of kefir and kombucha. Do all these cultures live compatibly in my digestive system, or am I creating World War III in there? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Feb 23, 2010 - 11 answers

What can you do to aid in the digestion of a whole bag of coconut?

My idiot cousin ate a whole bag of shredded sweetened coconut last night and SHOCKINGLY feels really ill today. Is this something hospital visit worthy? Is there anything she can take/eat/do do help the massive pile of coconut move along in her system?
posted by gwenlister on Dec 10, 2009 - 20 answers

Is This A Digestion Issue?

I have poop problems. If you can stand talk of poop, please tell me if I should be worried. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 21, 2009 - 34 answers

I want to free my brother from his stomach issues.

What could be wrong with my brother's stomach? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Jul 13, 2009 - 18 answers

Digestive flora for fauna with poor digestion

Best probiotic supplement for an allergic cat? OR: Probiotic/digestive supplements with short ingredient lists. [more inside]
posted by subbes on Jul 11, 2009 - 7 answers

Apertifs perhaps?

How can I get my digestion back in functioning order? [more inside]
posted by iurodivii on Feb 24, 2009 - 16 answers

Digestion and the end result.

This is a question about digestion and the end result. This is purely a matter of abstract curiosity. I promise not to provide too much information. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Jan 27, 2009 - 11 answers

Will the real owner of the tummy please stand up?

This is a dumb question about long-term relationships and stomach gurgling. Yes, you read that right! When I'm in bed with my wife and her or my tummy rumbles, we can't agree on whose tummy it is. Anyone else experience this? What's the cause? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jan 21, 2009 - 38 answers

Staying "regular" when traveling

What is your recommendation for staying regular when traveling? I traveled internationally this past fall and on the last few days of the trip my digestion had really slowed. I was gone 8 days and was in a couple or three different time zones. I feel there is an emotional component to this too where I am worried that when sightseeing there won't be a toilet or something like that so maybe I slow the process because of fear? Have any of you perfected this for yourselves? Prune juice does not work for me but I do prefer tackling this naturally. Any insight is appreciated!
posted by seekingsimplicity on Nov 20, 2008 - 25 answers

Name that GI track disorder.

In the past six months I've gone from belching 2-3 times a week to belching 20-30 times a day. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 on Nov 2, 2008 - 17 answers

Ketones in BM

Hangover BM question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2008 - 2 answers

Do commercial colon-cleanse products actually solve the myriad of problems they claim to?

Do commercial colon-cleanse products actually solve the myriad of problems they claim to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 6, 2008 - 23 answers

an impossible choice between my skin and my guts

An embarrassing question regarding zinc and digestion. [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne on Apr 22, 2008 - 9 answers

Wanna be a once-a-day man

Help me go to the toilet less often! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2007 - 18 answers

My body stores feces in the rectum -- weird, but is it bad?

Every anal-sex manual says not to worry, feces isn't stored in the rectum. Well, my body doesn't know that. Could this cause, or be the effect of, any health problems I should know about? Text gets explicit. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2007 - 9 answers

Cornhole

What would the effects on my poop be, and what health risks would I incur, if I were to eat nothing but corn for a week? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen on Oct 14, 2007 - 12 answers

I don't feel sick though my body disagrees...

My insides are turning everything to liquid. Doesn't matter what I eat. It's been 5 days now. However, I don't feel sick and have no other "symptoms" of illness. What gives? Due to work, I won't be able to get to a doctor 'til Friday... Should I just fast for a day or two? (Saying that, however, I am *starving* constantly, as opposed to just being hungry.)
posted by Manhasset on Oct 1, 2007 - 16 answers

Can't keep breakfast in

Breakfast goes through digestive tract like a waterslide. [more inside]
posted by ayc200 on Sep 12, 2007 - 26 answers

Digestion Woes

Why do I get full immediately after I start eating and feel so nauseous for so long after? [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui on Jun 5, 2007 - 14 answers

What are some Basic (higher-pH) beverages?

Digestive chemistry: I have a mild case of Crohn's disease, and one of the things that seems to exacerbate my condition is eating or drinking things that are highly acidic. Other than milk, what are some higher-pH drinks that I can use to replace corrosive beverages like soda, coffee, and cranberry juice? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Mar 17, 2007 - 20 answers

#2 and the Pothead

4:20 Filter: Heavy doper; been one for decades. Every few months, I give my lungs a rest for a few weeks. Why is it so hard to take a dump while I'm clean? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2007 - 12 answers

How to digest onions and garlic?

Is there any product available that one can take to pre-empt digestive problems from raw onions (all kinds) and garlic? In particular, the problem manifests itself as a nasty taste in the mouth an hour after consumption of said veg. (Cooking, however, the longer the better, neutralizes this effect.)
posted by the sobsister on Aug 14, 2006 - 13 answers

Wow. That was fast.

My curiosity has gotten the better of me. Somewhat gross bodily function question inside. [more inside]
posted by contessa on May 12, 2006 - 37 answers

Buy a coffee, get free gas...

Drinking coffee gives me bad gas within ten minutes of drinking. What's happening? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Feb 28, 2006 - 21 answers

Ever since I quit smoking, my digestion's gone to hell. WTF?

Ever since I quit smoking, my digestion's gone to hell. WTF? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Jan 8, 2006 - 11 answers

hot shit

Does microbial activity in the gut of organisms contribute to their thermoregulation? [more inside]
posted by yesster on Oct 3, 2005 - 7 answers

Mudbutt: What causes it and how can I get rid of it?

Mudbutt: What causes it and how can I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2005 - 12 answers

Restaurant Results

Why does eating in a restaurant make me crap my pants?

I have a generally healthy, varied diet. I can eat anything prepared at home, regardless of how rich, fatty, or spicy it is. But nearly everything from restaurants causes massive stomach upset. I have an intense need to go to the bathroom within 20 or 30 minutes of eating restaurant food - sometimes it's diarrhea, sometimes not.

I can eat junk food, fast food - even Taco Bell - without problems, which adds to my confusion about the cause. I thought it might be MSG, but the local Chinese restaurant is one of the few places I can eat, and they do use MSG. Is there one particular food additive that I'm not aware of that might be doing this? Any other ideas?
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2005 - 52 answers

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