The digestive system is a complex system which can be affected by several factors like emotional stress, diet and disease. Taking care of your digestive health is very important. This can be done by following a healthy diet, minimizing stress and taking care of your overall health. Let’s take a look at the common digestive disorders and learn how they can be prevented.
Heartburn or GERD
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or heartburn is a very common problem that many people experience. In fact, about 10% of Americans experience this problem at least once every week. There are several different triggers of this digestive problem including medication, certain food or stress. You have to determine your triggers in order to design an effective prevention strategy.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) sounds funny but it’s a serious issue affecting about 55 million Americans. The causes of this common digestive system problem are still unknown. The symptoms of the common disorder include constipation, diarrhea, gas and abdominal cramps. The most effective treatments for IBS are dietary and lifestyle changes but some medications can also help.
When it comes to disorders of the digestive system, constipation is one of the most common health issues. This occurs when bowel movements become less frequent or difficult. The frequency of bowel movement differs from one person to another. Some people have bowel movements once or twice a day while for others it only occurs one or two times a week.
Experts suggest that three consecutive days without a bowel movement is very long. By this time, the feces or stool has become very hard and will be more difficult to pass. There are many causes of constipation like lack of water intake, inadequate intake of fiber, disruption of your regular diet or routine and consuming too many dairy products. Treatments for constipation include increasing daily fiber intake, drinking more water and the use of laxatives.
This disorder is described as bowel movements which are watery and loose. Most people suffer from this problem a few times each year. It usually lasts from one to three days depending on the cause. It can also be a part of a chronic disease of the colon like IBS. The usual treatment routine for diarrhea is drinking small amounts of liquid frequently and using over-the-counter medicine like loperamide.
Lactose intolerance is a common digestive system disorder that typically affects adults. There is still no clear explanation why this problem occurs. However, you just need to learn which foods contain lactose like milk, cheeses, milkshakes, cream-based frappuccino and more. Avoid these to avoid upset stomach and other inconveniences (especially if there’s no toilet around). Most of these foods have versions that contain no lactose like lactose-free milk.