- Q What could cause difficulty swallowing?
Dr. Leigh Vinocur, Emergency MedicineDifficulty swallowing is called dysphagia. It can occur if you eat too fast and try to swallow too much at once. Sometimes this difficulty can be attributed to aging with weakening of muscles in the esophagus that propels food down to the... Full Answer
- Q What is digestion?
Dr. Eva Cwynar, Endocrinology, Diabetes & MetabolismDigestion, the process by which food is broken down into simple chemical compounds that can be absorbed and used as nutrients or eliminated by the body, is one of the most energy-consuming functions of the human body. Food must be broken down all... Full Answer
- Q How does junk food affect digestion?
Dr. Eva Cwynar, Endocrinology, Diabetes & MetabolismWhen we consume artificial substances -- what we all know as junk food -- it tends to just lie there in your stomach. We are not genetically programmed to easily digest this kind of food. It then places a significant burden on the digestive... Full Answer