Digestive Health

Digestive Health

Everyone experiences upset stomach, gas, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea. Occasional, and even chronic, conditions can be controlled with medications, diet or surgery.

Symptoms can range from  mild annoyances, or more serious conditions affecting the digestive system, which is made up of the stomach, esophagus, intestines, and gallbladder. For instance, appendicitis is a condition that causes the appendix—a small pouch attached to the large intestine—to become inflamed. The most common appendicitis symptoms include pain in the abdomen, appetite loss, nausea, vomiting, and a low fever. Appendicitis is treated with antibiotics, and/or surgery to remove the appendix.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a burning feeling in the chest, which occurs when acid backs up from the stomach into the esophagus. Medicines that block acid production or neutralize existing stomach acid can help with symptoms, but surgery is an option if these conservative treatments don’t work.

Too much stomach acid can also contribute to ulcers—sores in the lining of the esophagus, stomach, or small intestine. Pain, burning, bloating, and vomiting are some hallmark ulcer symptoms. Bacteria called H. pylori cause ulcers; antibiotics can treat the infection. Other medicines reduce the amount of acid in the stomach.

The gallbladder is a small organ in the upper right side of the abdomen. It’s main job is to store bile, a fluid that helps with digestion. A number of problems can affect the gallbladder, including stones and inflammation—called cholecystitis.

Sometimes small pouches, called diverticula, form in the walls of the large intestines. They’re caused by pressure on the intestinal walls, such as from straining while having bowel movements. A condition called diverticulitis occurs if these pouches become inflamed or infected. Diverticulitis is common in older adults, affecting almost everyone over age 80. Antibiotics can clear the infection, but if diverticulitis doesn’t get better, surgery may be an option.

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Ulcerative Colitis: Foods to Avoid During Flare-Ups

Ulcerative Colitis: Foods to Avoid During Flare-Ups

· · Digestive Health

People with the digestive disease ulcerative colitis (UC) have learned the hard way that eating certain foods can make symptoms worse.

“What you eat directly affects gut inflammation, your immune system, and your gut bacteria,” says Colleen Webb, RDN, a dietitian at Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  … Read More

How to Get Relief from Indigestion and Stomach Pain

How to Get Relief from Indigestion and Stomach Pain

· · Digestive Health

Stomach pain, a burning sensation in the upper abdomen, bloating, belching, an uncomfortable feeling of fullness, and nausea are some commonly reported symptoms of indigestion. If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, you’d probably like to prevent indigestion whenever possible.
Preventing Indigestion: Expert Tips
“To prevent indigestion, how you eat your food  … Read More

Remedies for Constipation—Without Drugs 

Remedies for Constipation—Without Drugs 

· · Digestive Health

No one wants to talk about constipation, but just about everyone has to deal with it at some point. Remedies for constipation vary, but most of us would rather resolve it without the use of medications.
Constipation, usually defined as having fewer than three bowel movements in a week, may be  … Read More

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Learn more about your digestive system, how it works, why and how it sometimes acts up, and most important, what you can do about it.



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