Transit Time Test

The purpose of this test is to measure the amount of time it takes for food to move through your gastrointestinal tract. It is critical to good health to have normal transit time. Transit time is the shortest amount of time needed for any part of a meal to move through the gastrointestinal tract and be eliminated in the feces.

When transit time is too fast, the body is not given a chance to absorb nutrients from the food. Prolonged transit times result in decay of food within the intestinal tract. Both of these situations contribute to degenerative diseases.

Transit time can be measured by swallowing Activated Charcoal capsules, recording the date and time, and then looking at each subsequent bowel movement and recording the date and time when the black color first appears. The time elapsed from swallowing the charcoal and its appearance in the feces is the transit time. A transit time of less than 20 or more than 30 hours is abnormal and is associated with maldigestion and malabsorption. When transit time is abnormal, the individual consuming the food does not benefit from its nutrients but toxic organisms living in the gastrointestinal tract that get to feed upon it, do!