Good old mom
Mom’s are always watching out for us. As we smile away at mom heeding her warning, oops that chewing gum just became swallowed and down to the tummy it goes. So now what is there going to be a gum tree growing there?
Mom was wrong, well half wrong
Relax, this is just old wives tale just like going into the cold with wet hair will make you sick. No one really knows when this one started since its origin cannot be traced. Most likely before the pen, ink and paper came around.
The human body does exceptionally well at digesting things in which it can use and simply passes the other stuff it does not want out into the stool. Here is where mom is half right. There is a synthetic portion in chewing gum, which does locate to the stomach. Nevertheless, it has only a short time stay because the stomach every so often empties to the small intestines. The gun then travels on through the small intestines into the colon and is passed out in the stool.
Grant it there are some substances that our bodies just are not able to digest and cannot pass that simply through our system. For example, fiber shells of corn will be in the stool. Tough thin type gum’s will eventually pass too, just like a penny that your kid brother just swallowed.
Just how does it leave our bodies
Chewing gum usually is made out of four elements and our bodies have no problem breaking down three of the elements. It is actually the base of the gum that happens to hang around. The three that can pass with ease are the gum’s flavoring, sweetener’s and softener. The base is produced all most totally of synthetic chemicals which is what gives the chewing gum its trait. It had been created to withstand the digestive elements of the saliva contained in your mouth. However, when swallowed even the gum base faces the same kind of treatment as any food digested does. Once the digestive system notices that it is totally useless, it also gets to take the same route out of the body.
Then there are those kids that have to prove mom wrong
Dr. David Milov and associates had wrote a paper which appeared in the journal of Pediatrics. The paper had cited a few cases of kids that had to prove mom wrong and did not heed the warning about swallowing excessive amounts of gum.
One boy had endured chronic constipation for two long years. He had swallowed five to seven pieces of gum each day. This gum had produced a taffy kind of trail consisting of fecal material, yes you guessed it mostly of gum. End result it had to be suctioned from the rectum. However, the gum does not remain for seven years, mainly due to the physicians who had intervened. Yes, this story is enough to scare moms everywhere, so may be we just should not let mom know.
Unless something immensely large is swallowed bigger than a quarter where it could not leave the stomach or become trapped in the intestines, all will be good.
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