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TRANSIT TIME DIGESTION EVALUATION Purpose Transit time is the interval between consumption and elimination, between food ingestion and excretion of digested waste. How Does One Determine Transit Time? To determine transit time, we recommend the use of charcoal capsules. These are also sometimes used for the symptomatic treatment of intestinal gas. Suggested Dosage Take 6 – 12 capsules (1.5 – 3 grams of charcoal) with 8 ounces of water between meals. Choose a high quality brand of activated charcoal capsules like REQUA. For most accurate results, ingest the capsules just after a bowel movement. Note (record) the time: this marks the beginning of the transit time test. Dosage according to weight: < 150 lbs: 6 capsules 150 – 200 lbs: 8 capsules 200- 250 lbs: 10 capsules > 250 lbs: 12 capsules You may examine the consistency of your excreted stool. Note anything unusual or changed about the quality, such as texture, color, and composition. For example, does it float or sink? Does it have a strong odor? Is it solid or liquid? Is it homogeneous or marked by particles? Is it brown, black, tan, or chalky white? When you first note the black, crumbly, charcoal looking output, record the time. This marks the completion of the test. Interpretation Twelve (12) to eighteen (18) hours is considered a healthy transit time. Too many Americans have a 36-96 hour or longer transit time. Long periods of distress and xenotoxins can allow digestive toxins to be absorbed. Low dietary fiber intake requires the body to work harder to "push" wastes along. The longer the transit time, the

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