All of us can suffer from an upset tummy after overindulging, occasionally get constipated, or develop excess gas and heartburn. When this happens, we take an over-the-counter medication and usually forget about it. When these incidents begin to occur more frequently, it’s time to pay attention to signs you may have poor digestive health.
Most Common Signs of Poor Digestive Health
When you don’t eat enough fiber or you change your routine, you can end up with constipation. If you only have a bowel movement three times a week or less, you are constipated. You strain to move your bowels and you pass small hard stools. Try a laxative to see if the condition improves, but if it doesn’t, make an appointment with Digestive Health Services for an evaluation.
Abdominal Pain And Cramps
These signs along with excess gas and bloating could be indications of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Certain foods, emotional stress, and medicines can trigger these symptoms. It is estimated 10 to 15 percent of adults have IBS, and it is the most common cause of visits to a gastroenterologist.
It is possible to mitigate the symptoms by knowing your triggers, cutting back on caffeine, increasing fiber in your diet, and staying hydrated.
When you have heartburn several times in a week, it is possible you are suffering from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). It is a common condition that causes stomach pain, bloating, excess gas, and stomach acid regurgitating back into your esophagus. It is usually worse at night when you lie down and try to sleep. It can lead to damage in your esophagus if left untreated.
Lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications can help alleviate some of the symptoms. You should see Digestive Health Services for treatment if it does not improve.
Nausea And Vomiting
These unpleasant symptoms can be caused by a number of serious conditions. Seek the care of Digestive Health Services if they do not resolve.
Sudden Changes In Weight
If you suddenly gain or lose weight for no apparent reason, this could be due to your body not being able to absorb needed nutrients or able to eliminate waste.
Don’t Ignore These Symptoms
In addition to the signs listed above, see a specialist if you experience the following:
- Blood in your stool
- Constant fatigue
- Change in the consistency and color of your stool
- Chronic diarrhea
- Feeling full when you haven’t eaten very much