Gastrointestinal Disorders

Lifestyles and diet have a significant part in the creation of digestive problems. Often the damage to the digestive system has been done before people look to natural solutions.

Gut microbes

Your digestive system comprises the following:

Gut Microbes are divided into two classes:

  • The oesophagus
  • The stomach
  • The small intestine
  • The large intestine
  • The rectum
  • The anus

They all connect to form the human digestive system and break down food and absorb nutrients from it. Problems that affect any of these digestive organs are called digestive diseases. The majority of digestive diseases are due to Stress and diet. A good starting point is to focus more on your health and the food you eat; this is the first step to improving your digestive system. Stress is known to be the primary trigger for gastrointestinal disturbances.

There are several uncomfortable digestive disorders to cover and a few ways to reduce symptoms, hopefully stopping them from returning.

Hydrochloric acid (HCl) and Digestive Problems

There are simple tests that you can do yourself.

Bicarbonate of Soda Test: Over three mornings. Mix 1/2 tsp of baking soda with 120 ml of tepid water. Take this for breakfast, ensuring your stomach is empty of food or drink. Time how long it takes for you to burp. More than 5 minutes or not at all may indicate low stomach acid. Betaine Hydrochloric acid (HCl) test: Purchase a bottle of Betaine HCl containing pepsin. Choose a protein meal and take 1 tablet halfway through the meal. Your acid levels are normal if you feel a warm, burning sensation in your chest. No sensation, add 2 tablets with the next meal, and up the dose by one tablet at each meal until you feel that warm burning feeling. When you have this reaction, reduce the number of pills by one in your following meal times. Continue with this amount until you feel the burning sensation again, reduce amounts by 1 tablet at each meal, then cease. It can take quite a few to feel a burning if you have low acid.

When food is not digested effectively, it ends up in your colon undigested. It becomes putrefied from resistant starch, fibre, undigested proteins, and fats, leading to foul-smelling stools and constipation. Stop swallowing antacids and contact us for a free chat.

Stomach Ulcers and Gastrointestinal Disease

Ulcers are created on the oesophagus, stomach, and duodenum lining. This condition can be caused by various factors, like Stress, lifestyle, and long-term antacid medication. Many herbs for stomach problems can help heal the digestive system.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) High or Low Acid?

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a widespread condition that causes acid reflux and heartburn. GERD is caused by the abnormal reflux of the stomach contents, including acid, into the oesophagus. Often treated with anti-acid medication when the problem is low acid, especially if you are over 50. A leaky gut is one of the issues caused by GERD. There are identified herbs that can heal the stomach lining and small intestines.

picture of stomach enzymes

Feed your generational microbes with good fibre

Eat more healthy fibre if you want to give your generational gut microbiomes a helping hand because fibre consists of long chains of carbohydrates that the digestive system can’t digest fully. Because of this, they are not broken down in the stomach. They are broken down in the small intestine. As a result, they end up in the colon, and the microbes have a party and feeding frenzy.

Diarrhoea and the Digestive System

We all know and have experienced diarrhoea. There are several explanations, for example:

  • Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can also be accompanied by constipation.
  • A bacterial infection such as Aeromonas (travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diabetic medication
  • Food intolerances
  • Overindulgence in alcohol
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Lack of healthy enzymes

The cause of irregular bowel movements

  • Not enough healthy gut-friendly fibre in your diet
  • Too much fibre in your diet
  • Not drinking enough water, dehydration
  • Prescribed medication or over-the-counter medications
  • Being away from regular routine and change of diet
  • Consuming too many dairy products
  • Overuse of laxatives
  • Ongoing stress

Laxatives (stool softeners) can create lazy bowel syndrome and be addictive. If you have a problem with constipation, our herbal constipation capsules will help to kick-start your bowel into action. Follow this with a colon cleanse and, after that, our herbal digestive support blend, which creates regular bowel movements.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Symptoms

IBS is a label attached to a stomach and condition that cannot pinpoint a particular underlying cause. Triggered by a stressful situation where emotions run high, a gastrointestinal infection, food poisoning, and prescribed medicines can trigger IBS.

IBS Symptoms include Abdominal pain, cramping, overproduction of gas, stomach bloating, and changes from one day to another in bowel movement, i.e., constipation, diarrhoea, or sticky poo. Dealing with the underlying cause of IBS is probably the only way to get rid of it successfully; living with Stress can be debilitating. You can help symptoms with herbs and herbal teas and purchase over-the-counter remedies, but whether any of these heals the bowel ultimately needs researching. Probably the multi-millions in revenue created by sales of IBS treatments have something to do with this.

Summary:

In today’s changing societies, enough information is provided for us to know how important it is to have and maintain a healthy digestive system. Lifestyles and diet also play a significant part in creating digestive problems. Often the damage to the digestive system has been done before people look to natural solutions. If you have ongoing digestive issues, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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