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:
- Keep track of what you eat and drink to see if you find a pattern.
- Eat slowly and chew food well.
- Avoid fried, fatty, spicy, or processed foods.
- 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.