Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. All medical conditions should be dsicussed with a professional medic before self-diagnosing/treating.
Very often our digestive system is often seen as at best an inconvenience, if not a nuisance when it doesn't allow us to indulge in our favourite foods and drinks without causing uncomfortable symptoms! Quite often folk have day to day discomfort that they live with, thinking they just have to 'put up with it'.
Maybe it's indigestion, or too many toilet trips, or not enough toilet trips, bloating/stomach cramps. Often we are not comfortable discussing such things with others, and don't think it serious enough to consult a doctor.
Digestion begins the minute food enters our mouth, when digestive enzymes in our mouth begin to break the food down. Once in the stomach it is broken down further by the stomach acid. Proteins need more acid to break them down than carbohydrates. As the food continues down through the body, at various places, further enzymes are secreted to further extract nourishment from our food, before passing the waste from our body. I understand that if something is not right at any point along the way, digestive issues can ensue. This can be as simple as eating in a stressed state, or not chewing food properly.
Reasons for digestive 'issues' range widely, from not having enough stomach acid, to allergic reactions to things such as gluten/wheat, to IBS. In my own experience, doctors are not always very helpful. Once they have ruled out serious conditions, they generally can only prescribe drugs to ease the symptoms. It is good to rule out serious conditions and that should always be done first, but often after that (depending on the condition) you are left to work it through by yourself.
Fortunately, with the age of technology, there is plenty you can do yourself. There is a growing amount of evidence that the state of your gut is reflected in your general wellbeing, both physical and mental. This is logical as we all know the misery of a stomach that is out of kilter, or the day to day anxiety of living with the uncertainty of your bowel movements. But more than that, they say that the gut lies at the bottom of all auto-immune diseases, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, possibly even cancer and other such conditions. This is a bold claim, but many are finding it to be true. I don't intend here to prove the theory one way or the other, but to point you to information and help so that you can evaluate it for yourself and hopefully in so doing, find relief for your symptoms.
Many now say that indigestion is not caused by too much stomach acid, but by too little. There are ways to put this right. 'Rennies' and such like are not the answer for most of us, especially as we age.
One simple remedy that we can all implent is to add fermented foods to our diet, preferably with each meal. These act like probiotics feeding the good bacteria in our guts and driving out the bad bacteria that colonise and feed off excess carbohydrates. Sauerkraut is excellent with a meal for normalising stomach acid. Many think indigestion is caused by too much stomach acid, but I understand that in many cases, it's actually too little, especially as we age. So taking antacids, might actually excasperate the problem in the longer term. Sauerkraut is easy to make, and although I can't say we as a family love it, we take it down quickly and it does seem to help. Find out more here.
For all other problems, it is highly possible that you have a leaky gut. This is a condition which due to numerous factors such as chronic stress, repeated use of anti-biotics and poor diet, the wall of the gut now allows particles of food to pas through in to the blood stream which shouldn't be there. This is recognised by many to be the cause of many complaints. If you 'Google' leaky gut and your problem, you will find out if that is the case. If it is, then obviously my first recommendation is the GAPS diet itself. There are others, like the autoimmune paleo diet, or Dr. Axes version. Although these are not diets to lose weight, they are not easy to implement, but if you are serious about your health then that will make it easier to contemplate such a move and to keep it up once implemented as you see the improvements and feel better. I can say that after a few months you can look at chocolate and cakes and not crave them, which makes it easier.
See Dr. Axe's advice here : https://draxe.com/4-steps-to-heal-leaky-gut-and-autoimmune-disease/
As I have said before, doctors are not trained to consider a patient's diet as a possible way of relieving symptoms. They go for the drugs as they are profitable. But often times, simple changes to diet can make a big difference. It seems as if scientists are only just beginning to explore the relationship between our guts and disease and so new ground-breaking research is materialising all the time.
Here are the results of some of my Google searches: Obviously I've just typed in the condition and picked one that came up, that looked OK on first reading, so please don't shoot me if one proves bad. Obviously one does need to exercise caution with the internet and not just believe everything you read. Always make decisions carefully and after thoroughly doing your own research, with the knowledge you have of your own body, medications you take etc....
Ulcerative colitis: http://symptomsofulcerativecolitissupport.com/causes-of-ulcerative-colitis/leaky-gut/
Even for non digestive disorders, it's worth checking:
Diabetes type I and II:
Osteoarthritis and leaky gut:
This one isn't what you think, rather telling us that the drugs we take to control our conditions might give us a leaky gut and give us new symptoms! An important consideration if you take any drugs - prescription or over- the- counter.
Parkinsons disease: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38173287
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. A member of the medical profession should be consulted about all matters relating to your health. This information is for advice only.
If you have a digestive problem, don't just suffer. Check it out and see if there isn't something you could do to help. This site is good for advice for digestive problems in general:
Here's for better digestive health in 2017!