Understanding Digestive Health
The Digestive System is a group of organs that work together to change the food we eat into the energy and nutrients our body needs. Our digestive system breaks down the carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and vitamins we consume, and which are then absorbed into the bloodstream, are carried to cells throughout the body. Nutrients provide the cells in our bodies with the energy that is needed for us to grow and repair. Everything in our body from our hormones to our heart requires the nutrients from the digestive process to work correctly.
Sometimes, one or more parts of the digestive system do not work properly, causing anything from minor discomfort to serious health issues. Some common digestive system problems people experience are:
Acid reflux occurs when our stomach acid or bile flows back up into the esophagus, causing heartburn and other uncomfortable symptoms. Most people have experienced acid reflux at some point in their life. When acid reflux happens more than twice per week, the condition is referred to gastroesophageal rueful disease (GERD).
Symptoms of acid reflux and GERD include:
- dry cough
- sore throat
- trouble swallowing
- a sour taste at the back of the mouth
- a burning sensation in the chest (heartburn)
- regurgitation of food or sour liquid
- feeling a lump in your throat
Irritable Bowel Syndrom (IBS)
IBS is a collection of symptoms that affect the large intestine, causing extreme abdominal discomfort and pain. It is a chronic condition that must be managed with long term treatment. Most individuals can control their symptoms by modifying their nutritional intake and changing lifestyle habits.
Symptoms of IBS:
- abdominal pain or cramps
- mucous in the stool
Maintaining Digestive Health
Heather Kempton at Optimal Life in Coquitlam helps individuals to identify changes that need to be made to one’s nutritional intake that may be contributing to unwanted digestive symptoms. In working with Heather you will gain insight on how your current mindset and nutritional choices are impacting your overall health and psychological state while being provided with the tools to achieve your identified goals.