Have you taken a moment recently to consider the health of your digestive tract? If not, you’re not alone. A great deal of your general well being depends on it, particularly your microbiome. That’s the collection of millions of bacteria that inhabit the intestines of every living human being. When they’re all present in the right proportions, they work together harmoniously to help your body maintain good health. When something goes awry, the consequences may be far-reaching including increased susceptibility to heart diseases, mental health problems and obesity.
More directly, the following are some of the most common gut-related issues:
Also known as dyspepsia, indigestion refers to an uncomfortable feeling that may occur after eating. Some may experience it as heartburn centred in the chest or a burning sensation somewhere under the sternum but above the navel. Others report feeling overly full or nauseous. Although indigestion may be a symptom of another digestive issue it may often be improved through diet and other lifestyle changes.
Bloating refers to excess gas or fluid that has built up in the abdomen leading to discomfort and sometimes visible swelling. It may occur as a result of other conditions ranging from lactose intolerance to Crohn’s Disease however in several cases it may be due to something as simple as swallowing air.
IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBS has been linked to increased inflammation, intestinal permeability, imbalanced gut bacteria and a few other factors. This condition, while rarely life-threatening, can be both painful and isolating with symptoms that include diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating which may often be easily triggered. Not everyone will present with the same combination of symptoms either as multiple subtypes have been identified.
With a personalised plan that features dietary changes, movement and the reduction or elimination of triggers, you might be surprised by your progress and improvements. Don’t ignore the signs if you suspect things aren’t going quite as smoothly as they should within your digestive system. At Nurtura Health we are here to listen to your concerns and health needs.