Do you feel bloated after eating a meal? Suffer from bouts of diarrhea or constipation? Experience severe heartburn after eating certain types of food? These are symptoms which could indicate a problem within your digestive tract, one of the largest organs in the body. If left untreated, serious conditions such as Crohn’s disease, Hashimoto’s disease, Celiac disease, or Rheumatoid Arthritis, may occur.
Often times a digestive problem is not detected until disease is diagnosed or the onset of severe symptoms appear. Our digestive tract plays a very important role within our immune system necessary in warding off harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi. Our digestive health constitutes 75% of our immune system for fighting off disease. Poor digestive health not only diminishes the ability to fight disease, it can also affect the function of your metabolism, needed in maintaining a healthy weight. The digestive system is also responsible for the absorption of food nutrients and vitamins which our body requires to maintain optimal health. Scientific evidence also indicates that our digestive system has a role in balancing our moods, the ability to handle stress, obesity, cholesterol levels and heart dysfunction.
We Can Help!
Holtorf Medical Group physicians are trained to recognize digestive problems and implement effective treatments, which may include dietary changes, supplements or other digestive aids. If you believe you have a digestive problem, please speak to your doctor or call our patient representative at 877-508-1177.
What is a Digestive Problem?
Digestive problems can occur when microflora in our intestinal lining has been compromised. Microflora colonizes and nests within the intestinal lining acting as a “barrier” preventing the invasion of bad bacteria or viruses from developing. Microflora is what communicates with the immune system, initiating an attack on “bad” influences which may enter our system. If suboptimal levels of microflora occur, not only is our immune system compromised, we can also develop metabolism and digestive problems.
What Causes Digestive Problems?
Our diet plays a very important role in creating a digestion problem. A diet high in sugar and processed foods can cause a PH change within the intestine, decreasing the production of the microflora our bodies need to ward off disease. A decrease in production of microflora, a “leaky gut syndrome” can occur, due to a thinning and weakened state of the lining leading to food allergies or sensitivities, eczema, and inflammation. Decreased absorption of vitamins A, D, B6, as well as, minerals such as zinc, selenium, potassium, iron and iodine also occur.
A thyroid dysfunction may also affect the digestion process when the T3 or T4 thyroid hormones are compromised, as in a diagnosis of hypothyroidism. These thyroid hormones impacts the rate of metabolism and also assists in the protection of ulcer formation within the intestinal lining.
What are Symptoms of Digestive Problems?
Symptoms of a digestive problem may not always present right away, yet when they do occur, the symptoms include:
- Abnormal looking stools
- Food allergies or sensitivities
- Joint pain
- Memory issues/brain fog
- Mood swings
- Nutritional and mineral deficiencies
Is Treatment Right for Me?
Treatment of digestive problems include consuming a healthier and more balanced diet, digestive aids, probiotics or supplements for inflammation. To find out which treatments would benefit you, please talk to your doctor or call 877-508-1177 to speak with a patient representative.