What are gi issues?

The human body is an incredible machine that functions perfectly most of the time. However, there are times when things go wrong with it, and it just doesn’t seem to work as well as we’d like. One area where issues often arise is within the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

So what exactly are gi issues? Well, in this article, we’ll be exploring everything from constipation to diarrhea and bloating to gas!

Understanding the GI Tract

Before we jump into discussing GI issues specifically let us first understand what exactly is meant by “GI tract”. The gastrointestinal tract exists throughout our digestive system – that starts at our mouth and ends right before rectum 1. It comprises various organs including:

  • Mouth
  • Esophagus
  • Stomach
  • Small Intestine
  • Large intestine/colon
  • Rectum/anal canal

Each of these parts plays a vital role in digestion, absorption of nutrients and water as well as excretion.

Common GI Issues Explained

Constipation: When Things Just Don’t Move!

Constipation occurs when one finds difficulty in passing stool or experiences infrequent bowel movements less than three times per week2. This may sometimes lead to abdominal pain or bloating too.

In its mild form, constipations can be resolved via simple lifestyle changes such drinking lots of water and eating food items rich with dietary fiber e.g., fruits.3 However for more severe cases stool softeners could be prescribed for relief4

Diarrhea: What Goes Should Stay Inside!!!

On the other end of spectrum stands “Diarrhea”. In simpler terms frequent passage or lose watery stools. People suffering from diarrhea also experience cramping discomfort in abdomen [^5].

This condition typically happens due viral infections but other causes include consumption of contaminated food items which makes tummy unhappy leading to irritable bowel sickness [^6].

Bloating: When Gas Doesn’t Go Out

Bloating is a condition wherein there’s excessive accumulation of gas in the abdomen. It leads to abdominal discomfort, feeling fullness or pressure and even belching/flatulence[^7].

It’s caused due to an unhealthy lifestyle which might disrupt digestive processes leading our intestines being ineffective – hence causing flatulence.

Gas: Burp it Out!

As human beings, we are entitled make gaseous emissions albeit sometimes excessively .However certain factors can contribute towards healthier clearing of flatulence for example regular exercise or drinking adequate amount of water equips us with tools for better toxin removal thus making intestinal system more effective [^8]

GERD : Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

GERD aka acid reflux, occurs when stomach acids along with other contents enter into esophagus ultimately causing burning sensation in chest region popularly referred as “indigestion”[^9]

This often happens because lower esophageal sphincter fails to close properly thereby allowing backflow. Causes include obesity or increased abdominal pressure e.g., during pregnancy by exerting additional weight on stomach.

Lifestyle Changes To Mitigate GI Issues

Taking small preventive steps via simple lifestyle changes can prevent occurrence of GI issues significantly. Especially switching onto fiber rich foods such as vegetables and oats makes passing stool easier[^10]. Here are some key recommendations that help:

1) Never hold it: Always attend when nature calls do not delay evacuation over prolonged period since this may cause gut inflammation raising complications later.[^11]

2) Cut down alcohol & smoking habits:These habits when practiced frequently can lead up adverse gastric conditions including ulcers aside from other harmful effects on health[citation needed]

3) Hydrate well!: Adequate intake of fluids helps speeding digestion especially while consuming solid food items [^12].

4) Eat Balanced Meals: Avoid eating heavy meals which tend to take longer time for breakdown. A balanced diet comprising of fruits vegetable and protein rich substances helps in faster digestion.[^13]

Conclusion

GI issues are a common occurrence troubling most at some point in life or other.For mild cases certain home remedies might be effective but for severe ones always consult your healthcare provider[^14]! Definitely avoid self-medication- it can be harmful.

It’s not just about treating such GI issues as well; incorporating healthy lifestyle choices makes preventive care easier. Set yourself up with good habits so you can truly Get on top of your g.i., game!


  1. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/digestive-system-how-it-works 

  2. https://medlineplus.gov/constipation.html 

  3. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002136.htm 

  4. https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a684015.html
    [^5] :https://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/diarrhea/basics/causes/sym-20050926
    [^6] :http://www.worldgastroenterology.org/guidelines/global-guidelines/infectious-diarrhea/infectious-diarrhea-pdf
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