What is a malfunction of the digestive system?

Ah, the digestive system. The one thing that can make or break your day depending on its effective functioning. But sometimes things go wrong, and we end up with a malfunction in our digestive system which can lead to various gut-wrenching problems. Let’s dive into what exactly constitutes a malfunction of the digestive system.

Starting with the basics

Before we get into some juicy details (pun intended), let’s cover off some fundamentals first.

The human body is an incredible machine that relies on multiple organs working harmoniously to keep us alive and well. In simple terms, digestion involves breaking down food so it can be absorbed by our bodies for energy use.

Food enters through our mouth and passes down through esophagus before hitting our stomach where it meets stomach acid – this breaks down the food further. From there, it travels through intestines where nutrient absorption occurs as waste products are formed and passed out from your body via defecation – yep, I went there!

So what causes a malfunction?

There are many reasons why someone may experience issues such as constipation/diarrhea/bloating/abdominal pain etc., ranging from poor diet choices to underlying health conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Here’s an overview of some common factors:

  • Diet – high intake of fatty foods & processed meat
  • Physical activity level- sedentary lifestyle.
  • Insufficient fiber.
  • Dehydration.
  • Aging gastrointestinal tracts – over time muscles lose strength; thus inefficient peristalsis happens(this being how food moves throughout your esophagus)
  • Certain medications including antibiotics
    (I’m looking at you here doxycycline!)

When these factors weaken different parts of one’s body function,the inside reaction maybe undesirable leading inflammation/failure in certain areas.

The Symptoms

I know, this is what everyone came for – the juicy bits! But before I go into too much detail, it’s important to understand that symptoms will vary depending on the cause of the problem. so if you are experiencing discomfort get in touch with your primary care physician/professional. However, here’s a general list.

  • Abdominal pain/ bloating
  • Heartburn (Odorless gas coming out from stovepipes at midnight when no one else is home)
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation (Ever experience your stomach feeling like a rock? )
    (Not always caused by there being 💩inside it just remember)😃

These Symptoms may often have overlap occurring together(note every medical professional isn’t Dr.House or Dr.Pepper)! Make sure to take note and take action . In most cases it should be pretty self explanatory.(A few changes and your gut health can seem- Effortless!)

Types Of Malfunction

Here we go….everything from acid reflux to diarrhea gets mentioned.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

GERD occurs when acid reverts back up into esophagus leading irritation/inflammation/ heartburn And Sour Taste Syndrome (STUFF)!

Symptoms include:

  1. Burning chest pain.
  2. Regurgitation of food/drink late post eating.
  3. Difficulty swallowing .

Constipation & Bowel Obstructions

Constipations woes range from inconsistent bowel movements…to outright absence(Hint💡if you lack hydration -you’ll likely suffer because waste sticks to you longer should inadequate hydrate yourself enough)

Symptoms Include:

  1. Sudden loss of fecal continence:!!:
    2 Painful hard stools which occur once or twice every week(hours even days going without bowel movement)
    3.Abdominal cramps .
    4.Less/irregular bowel movements.

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD)

This is an umbrella term for conditions where the immune system attacks your body’s gut causing damage & inflammation to occur.

Symptoms Include:

1.Abdominal cramps .
2.Fatigue.
3.Diarrhea.
4.Loss of appetite/weigh loss .

There are Two types this includes Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis both have there unique symptoms…

Ulcerative Colitis

Symptoms include: (The current threat near childrens swimming locations🏊‍♂️)

1.Bloody stools
2.Pain on left quadrant
3.Frequent trips to restroom
4.Increased urgency in most cases.

Crohns Disease

Symptoms Include:(Not limited to )

1.Nutrient deficiencies/Anemia
2. Mouth sores/Ulcers in one mouth area
3.Diarrhea w/severe Abdominal pain .

Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome often starts after a gastrointestinal infection which has caused inflammation occurs; adds stress/excessive anxiety factors with diet changes.IMPORTANT-Always check! The list Uh Murica said, “It’s BIGLY!”😃!!

Some Symptoms may be as following(sorted by some severity):

  • A bloated feeling
  • Excess gas ⛽
  • Urgency!
  • Hard Stools 💩 yay ,no really 🙁!

Prevention is key 🚪

So what can we do about it? It seems medical awareness/lifestyle modification(Betting all you need then why am i writing) can lead people out of the dumps(sometimes literally).

Aiming towards consistency/quality will help get you on track, but everyone differs so always consult medical professionals while making changes(especially if you’re managing it).You don’t want to hit anothers foot with your hammer.

Better food choices(humanely raised/no added butters or oils),regular exercise(more than screen time) and stress management(heading outdoors, socializing with the dogs outside ) will definitely improve how well you feel.Please don’t stick to a specific diet unless it better suits you.(Organic meats ,Grass Feeds are also found to have significant health benefits).

The bottom line

We all want our digestive systems running smoothly, but there can be many reasons why things don’t go according to plan. Learning more about possible malfunctions leading from daily habits contributes significantly.Changing aspects like hydration levels/decreasing sedentary lifestyle; while making sure not over-toxicating body,WILL depend on one’s self motivation/heredity – this is always okay!

So remember: Prevention is key (combine oat flour,Olive oil scoops in baking 🧁🍰 recipes- enjoy without feeling judged). Always consult a primary care physician for personalized solutions.Breaking down what causes/leads to dysfunction in one’s system may always fix issues.I hope this article has given some understanding towards Digestive System malfunctions make note of symptoms hopefully we covered everything(except best bathroom practices-which I reserve my right to omit 😃).

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