5 Most Common Digestive Disorders

& Treatment

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD)

Stomach acids break down food, as well as stomach cells, when in contact with organics. However, stomach cells regenerate/reproduce at a fast enough rate to withstand the acids it contains. The presence of these acids elsewhere can be detrimental to one's health. This disease consists of the dilatation of the lower esophageal sphincter, which allows for stomach acids to overflow towards intestinal tissues unable to support them. Upper intestinal tissue damage results from this disease.


Symptoms include:

- Bad breath

- Heart Burn

- Irritated throat

- Tooth erosion

- Nasuea


Treatment:

- Anti-acids

- Avoiding trigger foods

- Surgery to close lower esophageal spincter

Gallstones

Solid stone-like deposits inside gallbladder due to high cholesterol levels or inappropriate gall bladder behavior. This organ secretes bile in order to speed up the digestive system.


Symptoms:

- Sharp pain in upper right quadrant of the abdomen (Right hypochondriac region).

- Indigestion

- General lack of wellbeing


Treatment:

- Medication to dissolve gallstones.

- Surgery to remove gallbladder.


Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is the digestive sensitivity to gluten, barley, and rye. This is an immune system allergic response due to the fact that these substances are inaccurately recognized as antigens and attacked by white blood cells. Ingesting allergens damages the intestinal tract and makes the absorption of nutrients much less efficient.


Symptoms:

- Diarrhea

- Abdominal Pain

- Bloating

- Constipation

- Vomiting

- Drastic Weight Loss


Treatment:

- Completely avoid gluten

Ulcerative Colitis

One of the many Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Ulcerative Colitis consists of an autoimmune condition in which the body's cells attack the large intestine, more specifically - the bowel. Sores and ulcers begin appearing in the lining of the large intestine due to the immune system attack upon this tissue.


Symptoms:

- Frequent and urgent bowel movements

- Painful diarrhea

- Blood in stool

- Abdominal Cramps


Treatment:

- Eliminating foods that trigger symptoms

- Surgery to remove the colon

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Although the concrete cause for Irritable Bowel Syndrome are yet to be known, scientists have found that stress is one of the major causes for the worsening symptoms. Most patients with IBS feel digestive discomfort at least 3 times a month. This condition consists of the inefficient processing of food due to other diseases such as Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis.



Symptoms:

- Hard Dry stools or loose watery stools

- Constipation

- Bloating


Treatment:

- Probiotics (Friendly bacteria)

- Stress reduction

- Low dose antidepressants

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