Common Digestive Problems


The two most common digestive complaints seem to be heartburn and constipation. Most people have had one or both on occasions, but most people only see a doctor when their symptoms are either acute or chronic, so we have no idea how many people suffer from these conditions occasionally.


Heartburn – a burning feeling in the stomach. It can be caused by things you eat or drink or by other physical problems, such as hiatal hernias, allergies or deficiencies of Hydrochloric acid (HCL) or enzymes. It may also be a response to stress. What seems like heartburn may be a symptom of a heart problem instead of a digestive problem. If it continues, you should consult your qualified healthcare practitioner. When the problem comes now and then, it is suggested that you:

  1. Keep track of what you eat and drink to see if you find a pattern.
  2. Eat slowly and chew food well.
  3. Avoid fried, fatty, spicy, or processed foods.
  4. Begin to supply you’re your digestive system with friendly bacteria – probiotics.


Constipation – infrequent, irregular elimination of waste materials. The stool becomes packed and hard, making passage difficult. In many cases, it is caused by inadequate intake of fiber and liquids. Lifestyle Induced Dysbiosis Syndrome (L.I.D.S.) is often a contributing factor because friendly bacteria are important in the way fiber is incorporated into other waste materials. The lack of friendly intestinal bacteria is a side effect of medications, such as antibiotics, pain killer, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS), antifungals, etc… These bacteria need to be replaced regularly with safe and effective probiotics.


Health advisors suggest increasing the fiber in your diet along with makings sure to keep properly hydrated.  If you are eating a diet high in whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables, you will have much more fiber in your diet than most people do, yet you may still need to supplement with fiber such as nogales, psyllium, guar gum, wheat bran, oat bran or rice bran.


Drinking aloe vera juice in the morning and evening, and adding safe and effective probiotic supplements, such as The Geneflora Family of Probiotics, can be very beneficial. Products are also available which include combinations of fiber with herbs or other botanicals. Investigate, too, the programs for cleansing and detoxing your body, which is particularly important if digestive problems have been part of your life for more than a few weeks.



The information posted is my opinion from my experience and is for educational purposes only and is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. I do believe that the right medical doctors can play a significant role, but I do feel it is up to each person to take personal responsibility for their own health. The reader should always consult his/her  qualified healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.



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11 Responses to Common Digestive Problems

  1. I’ve had digestive issues all my life. Now that I’m using your probiotic (instead of others that clearly weren’t as beneficial), I’m hoping they will improve. I think I’ll also try aloe vera juice again. Its been a while since I’ve taken it.

    Cherie Miranda
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  2. Neil, I had no idea that Aloe vera juice was something that you could drink.
    Scott Sylvan Bell
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  3. I didn’t know that heartburn could be similar in symptoms to a heart attack. Either way, doesn’t sound fun. Thanks for always posting such useful info.

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  4. John Moulder says:

    Don’t have any of those problems . Must be doing something right .

  5. Rob Malone says:

    Hi Neil,

    This is great advice. I used to have chronic heartburn/acid reflux and that is miserable. Good advice on correcting those issues.

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  6. Sonya Lenzo says:

    My stomach problems are far less now that I am eating less processed foods.
    Sonya Lenzo

  7. Kevin Bettencourt says:

    Great advice for those with constipation or heartburn. The geneflora products promote a healthy Lifestyle free from LIDS. You commented one day that the 8 glasses of water annoyed you? Please go off.

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  8. I would assume taking heartburn or gas relief pills for these would probably bad for our system, is there any way for us to relieve symptoms quickly, yet unharmfully?

    Mark Hogan

  9. Eva Palmer says:

    I sometimes have problems with my stomach but only when I have some stress. I have used your probiotics and I know they have helped me along with all the tips about health that you share in your blog!

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  10. THank you for citing the most common digestive problems which Americans face and some practical ways to address them before they become acute and threaten our health. Adjusting our eating diet instead is such a better option.

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  11. Dennis Perry says:

    Excellent to point out that heart disease can disguise itself as heartburn or indigestion. There have been many people die of heart attacks who thought they were simply dealing with indigestion and did not seek care in a timely manner.

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