Digestive Problems

Digestive problems such as constipation, heartburn, diarrhoea and bloating are very common. Around 40% of people have at least one digestive symptom at any one time, according to Dr Anton Emmanuel, consultant gastroenterologist at University College Hospital in London.

The most common digestive complaints are abdominal pain, indigestion, changes to bowel habits (constipation/diarrhoea) and heartburn. Most digestive problems arise as a result of our lifestyle choices, the food we eat and stress, and are usually treatable with adjustments to those same lifestyle choices and issues. The side effects to common medications such as aspirin, antibiotics and blood pressure regulators can actually upset your stomach and make the problems worse.

While many doctors will tell you that most digestive problems will get better on their own, for many people persistent symptoms should raise a red flag because a compromised digestive system could be the first sign of a serious illness and the start declining health. More serious gastrointestinal problems include the two forms of inflammatory bowel disease: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These conditions lead to severe bowel problems, abdominal pain and malnutrition. In some cases they can be debilitating and surgery may be required to repair the damage to the colon.

In the extensive Digestive Problems archive, you will learn about the common drugs that can wreak havoc upon your gut, in particular heartburn drugs, which have been shown to worsen symptoms in the long run. You will also uncover the best probiotics that can boost your natural immunity, as well as the foods that could help to keep those tummy upsets at bay.

Through dietary and lifestyle changes you will be able to combat the distressing symptoms of digestive discomfort. Good health starts in your gut and the Daily Health will show how to read the warning signs and what you can do to keep your gut healthy.

Latest Articles in Digestive Problems

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Popular Heartburn Drugs Could Soon Carry A Black Box Warning

Proton pump inhibitors reduce the amount of acid made by your stomach. Studies have shown that taking proton pump inhibitors for as little as a month - and then stopping - can cau...

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Would You Swap Heartburn For Dementia?

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the UK, with an estimated 43 million prescriptions written last year. They are supposed to bring instant...

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Highlighting The Dangers Of Heartburn Drugs

Let's draw a Venn Diagram. In one circle, you've got people who use heartburn medication. I'm thinking specifically about heartburn drugs also known as proton pump inhibitors (PPI...

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Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity Does Exist

You've been complaining about fatigue, digestive discomfort and bloating after eating foods containing wheat for years. It took some convincing, but eventually your doctor tested f...

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Alleviate Irritable Bowel Syndrome with yoghurt and a sleep hormone

If you experience symptoms such as chronic diarrhoea, constipation, gas and bloating you may just put it down to poor digestion or like a third of the population you may be sufferi...

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Candida: How To Begin The Healing

Since the article, Candida: Which Foods To Avoid, featured last week I've heard from so many of our readers. My heart goes out to all of you suffering from this agonising cycle of...

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How Harmful Acid Reflux Drugs Are Being Prescribed To Babies

Here's one I didn't expect to read: Infants suffering from acid reflux, also known as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Surely, that can't be right? However, wait till...

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Crying Babies Get Acid Reflux Drugs…

Last week, I told you how the mainstream finally appears to be catching on to the dangers of acid reflux drugs like proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which rack up an estimated 43 mil...

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How To Cure Candida Symptoms Naturally

An overgrowth of Candida, a yeast that lives in your gut, can result in a serious condition called candidiasis - which causes a range of symptoms including chronic fatigue, thrush,...

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How to Find the Best Probiotics

Last week we told you about the draconian European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), who's been rejecting almost all the health claims submitted for probiotic products out of hand...d...

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