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

probiotics, gut health

Could Probiotics Reverse Autism?

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heartburn, PPI,dementia

Popular Heartburn Drugs Increase Your Risk Of Heart Attack

Having a heart attack or suffering with heartburn... you choose. We've warned you before about the damaging health effects of stomach acid-blocking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)....

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osteoporosis, bone

Heartburn Drugs Come With Serious Bone Fracture Risks

Back in 2011, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that popular over-the-counter proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) - a class of drugs used to alleviate heartburn - co...

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pet allergies, food additives

This Food Additive Can Cause Digestive Problems In Your Pet

If you are not used to having pets around, then you'd be forgiven for thinking that it's only humans who suffer with digestive problems... However, those of us who own a dog will...

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acid reflux, baby, side effects

Harmful Acid Reflux Drugs Approved For Babies

In 2011, we first told you about infants, some less than a year old, who are being diagnosed with acid reflux or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD), simply because they've be...

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ritalin, ADHD, mental health

Don’t Treat Your Child’s Crohn’s Disease With This Drug

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big pharma, pharmaceutical drugs, pain killers

New Crohn’s Disease Drug Linked To Deadly Brain Infection

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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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heartburn, PPI,dementia

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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heartburn drugs

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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