Words on Wellness
Going With Your Gut: Common Digestive Problems And Treatments
Guest post by Kimberly Hayes, Chief Blogger at Public Health Alert.info
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Gut health is an important part of your overall well-being, and unfortunately, there are many factors that contribute to it that can leave you feeling pain, discomfort, or fatigue. From your diet to your exercise routine, there are several things that play a big role in the way you feel, and when something is off balance, it can keep you from meeting your goals and living your best life. In fact, your gut health not only affects your physical body but also your mental well-being too, lending itself to symptoms of depression and stress in many people.
Fortunately, despite the many different issues that can affect your gut health, there are also numerous treatments that can help you get back on track. Some — like probiotics — are easy to introduce into your daily routine via the foods you eat, while others require medicine to heal. From a “leaky” gut to irritable bowel syndrome, there are many ways your gut health can deteriorate, and some are preventable.
Here are a few things to consider when you’re having gut health issues, including common ailments and how to treat them.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
While it’s common for many people to experience acid reflux after eating a big meal, some people have a backup of stomach acid that occurs often enough to cause big problems, such as tooth erosion. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease — also called GERD — can cause pain in the chest and upper stomach area and can make daily activities such as eating and sleeping much more difficult. Extreme cases can require surgery, so talk to your doctor if you’re having these symptoms more than once or twice per week.
Take a look at all your options
Along with doctor-prescribed medications, there are several over-the-counter meds that can provide relief from stomach ailments. However, if you have a persistent problem due to inflammation, you might consider using CBD oil. Derived from the cannabis plant, CBD doesn’t provide the “high” that marijuana does, but has been shown to relieve many issues related to gut health. Do a little research first to find the right type of oil for your needs, as there are many different kinds.
A common gut-related issue that’s received more attention in recent years is Celiac Disease, which is brought on by food products that contain gluten. Bread, pasta, and beer are a few of the most common items that might contain gluten, and in general, staying away from wheat products is a good start in helping to get your gut back to normal. Symptoms might include bloating, diarrhea, and vomiting; consult your doctor if you experience any of these after changing your diet.
Our bodies are full of different types of bacteria, and when the balance is thrown off within this microbiome, you might experience weight gain, constipation, bloating, or even skin issues. One easy way to remedy this is to add probiotics into your diet. These can be found in certain types of yogurt and cheese, as well as in fermented foods like sauerkraut. By making some small changes to your diet, you can ensure that your body’s chemistry is well-balanced.
Gut health is extremely important at any age, so talk to your doctor if you have any concerns. There may be a few simple steps you can take — such as changing up your diet and exercise routine — in order to get things back on track. By keeping your gut’s microbiome healthy and by using preventative tactics, you’ll be taking care of both your physical and your mental health, which will benefit you now and for years to come.