Don’t let digestive issues bog you down.
With lockdown now over for most of us, there is a semblance of normality slowly returning to our lives. However, for some who are still shielding, there is no relief in sight yet. Many people who are still shielding are increasingly reporting various digestive problems such as heartburn, acidity, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and even gastroenteritis. We have simple strategies that can help you overcome some of these ailments.
Acid reflux happens when the lower oesophageal sphincter (LES) cases to function correctly. The sphincter is a ring of muscle between the oesophagus and the stomach.
When it is functioning correctly the sphincter opens to allow food bolus into the stomach that has been swallowed, it the closes to stop acid from the stomach seeping into the oesophagus.
If the LES loses its normal integrity, acid from the stomach refluxes into the oesophagus.
The oesophagus (food pipe) is not use to the corrosive chemicals that normally reside in the stomach and therefore it leads to irritation and inflammation. This inflammation leads to the symptoms of pain and what is referred to as heartburn. Heartburn is only one symptom of acid reflux. Other symptoms of acid reflux are abdominal pain, sore throat, bloating, upset stomach, nausea, difficulty in swallowing and an acidic taste in the back of the throat.
Frequent loose motions are defined as diarrhoea.
The causes of diarrhoea are:
Diarrhoea is associated with abdominal pain, cramping, an urgency to go to the washroom, vomiting and tiredness.
The prolonged changes to our daily habits and a more sedentary lifestyle may lead to constipation. Constipation can be described as fewer bowel motions per week compared to your own normal bowel habits. Symptomatically, the individual has hard stools and inability to pass stools.
They are engorged swollen veins in the lower part of the anus and rectum. When the walls of these vessels are stretched, they become irritated and even bleed. Dealing with haemorrhoids is very important as you can potentially suffer from a large volume of blood loss and even rectal prolapse.
Know the triggers!
Stick to a healthy and well-balanced diet get rid of faulty eating habits; speak to your doctor regarding a tailored diet plan. Portion control is important to avoid overloading. Consume fibre-rich foods, these will bulk up your stool and help regulate the digestive process. You will immediately benefit from reduced gas, diarrhoea and bloating.