10 Answered Questions for the topic digestion

07/29/19

Feeding animals or plants with coffee?

What happens if you feed animals or plants with coffee? Say, just once, or daily? There are some extra coffees in the pot, and I don't know whether it is a good idea feeding animals or plants with... more

07/11/19

Can we digest food as well as herbivores?

I heard some guy say that we can't digest plant food as well as herbivores. Which seems weird to me seeing as how humans can survive without any nutrient deficiencies besides b12 on only plants but... more

How do bile salts affect lipase activity?

**BACKGROUND**: It is well known that bile salts are needed for emulsification of fats. It is then said that this increases the surface area for activity of pancreatic lipase, implying that bile... more

05/24/19

Human Digestion of Cellulose?

Most animals can digest the cellulose in grass because of the anaerobic bacteria called *Fibrobacter succinogenes* living in their rumen (gut). The bacteria produces the enzyme cellulase and is... more

05/20/19

How much food is necessary to buffer the stomach when taking medicine?

Very often, doctors or pharmacists will advise patients to take certain pills with food to "act as a buffer" so the patient is less likely to get a stomach ache from taking the pill.How much food... more

04/20/19

Does freezing microorganisms such as probiotics kill them?

Does freezing microorganisms such as probiotics kill them? If not, what is the process that allows them to "come back to life" after the temperatures are increased? As an example, lets say you... more
Digestion Nursing Medications

03/19/19

How do extended release tablets work?

I know these tablets are especially formulated and coated to dissolve over a certain period of time. I also notice that all I've seen, quite a lot, are too large to pass through the Pylorus. Do... more
Digestion Nursing Medications

03/18/19

When is a stomach "empty" for the purpose of taking medication?

Some medication (certain antibiotics, thyroxine, PPIs) need to be taken on an "empty stomach". For most patients, that just means they take them after sleeping. However, certain circumstances can... more

03/18/19

How much food is necessary to buffer the stomach when taking medicine?

Very often, doctors or pharmacists will advise patients to take certain pills with food to "act as a buffer" so the patient is less likely to get a stomach ache from taking the pill. How much food... more

03/14/19

Long term use of stomach acid reducers: Omeprazole or Ranitidine?

I find omeprazole (Prilosec, Losec) and ranitidine (Zantac) work about equally well for stomach acid reduction. For long term daily use, which is safer?

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