Easy, Natural Fixes for Your Digestive Health

Heartburn, GERD, irritable bowel, and constipation all respond to these remedies

(Maggie O’Neill, Health Source) A physician sees people for a wide range of complaints, including issues related to digestion and stomach upset. These digestion-related issues are generally not one size fits all, but vary from person to person.

Alison Lynch, MD

“[They include] heartburn, GERD, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, hemorrhoids and food intolerance, such as lactose intolerance and gluten intolerance,” said Alison Lynch, a doctor in family medicine practice with the Renown Medical Group in Reno, Nevada.

“Symptoms can include bloating, diarrhea, gas, stomach pain and stomach cramps.”

Fiber, Water and Probiotics Benefit Digestive Health

When figuring out treatments for these various complaints, Lynch often takes an approach that combines medication and lifestyle changes. However, these lifestyle changes can depend on the type of digestive issue that the person is experiencing.

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For example, people who suffer from acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD, can implement lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain types of foods and over-the-counter medications. These include acidic foods, caffeine, aspirin, ibuprofen and alcohol, she suggested.

Constipation is another problem that is prevalent among some people. It can appear in individuals who lack quick access to bathroom and even in school-aged children. MiraLAX, along with lifestyle changes, can help with this difficulty, she said.

Hemorrhoids are another issue that plague some patients. Ways to treat hemorrhoids include exercising more, avoiding sitting for a long period of time and treating constipation.

Other complaints from patients focus on food intolerances, including an intolerance to lactose. Avoiding dairy, but bingeing on ice cream or cheese is not a desirable approach, she advised. It is better to have a small serving of low-fat dairy with a probiotic, such as yogurt.

“General symptoms of indigestion can be improved by eating a natural, healthy nutritious diet rather than processed foods and artificial sweeteners,” she said. “In this case, avoid excessive alcohol, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, fatty foods and soda.” READ THE FULL STORY AT RGJ.COM. Also of interest: 5 Foods That Prevent Painful Stomach Indigestion