Healthy and comfortable digestion is definitely a key to feeling good, and making sure that your body is working properly to digest food and absorb all of the nutrients that it needs to stay healthy.
Your age, genetics, and lifestyle habits can directly affect your digestive health, which can change over your lifespan. Understanding which digestive problems could affect you at certain times of your life can give you the power to make healthy changes to handle your digestive issues.
In digestion, food and drink are broken down to small parts (called nutrients) that the body can absorb and use as energy and building blocks for cells.
The digestive tract, which is sometimes called the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, is made up of the esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, large intestines (colon), small intestines, liver, pancreas, and the gallbladder.
A digestive disorder or disease is any health problem that occurs in the digestive tract. Conditions may range from mild to serious.
The first sign of problems in the digestive tract often includes one or more of the following symptoms:
• Abdominal pain
• Swallowing problems
• Weight gain or loss
• Non heart-related chest pain
Some common GI problems are:
• Difficulty swallowing
• Acid Reflux
• Heartburn or GERD
• GI Ulcer
• Ulcerative Colitis
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
• Lactose Intolerance
• Diverticular Disease
• Crohn’s Disease
• Barrett’s Esophagus
• Celiac Disease
• Liver problems
• Colon and Rectal Polyps
If you’ve been experiencing new pains or discomfort in your throat, chest, or abdomen, see your healthcare provider to determine the cause. Depending upon your condition, there are a number of tests and treatments available. Your primary care doctor can help determine the cause of your symptoms, and work with you to recommend the best treatment plan for you.
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