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GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS

GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS

The different types of gastrointestinal disorders, both acute and chronic, show through the following symptoms:

CONSTIPATION:

The term constipation means a decrease in bowel movement  (less than 2 per week), associated with hard stools, than can result in painful defecation with potential bleeding from effort. This condition can be promoted by a lack of vegetables and water  in the diet and sedentary lifestyle.

 

DIARRHEA AND DYSENTERY

Bowel movement disorder characterized by a rapid evacuation of loose  stools lasting up to 3 weeks (acute diarrhea) or more than 3 weeks (chronic diarrhea). When the stools are liquid  we talk about dysentery. These conditions can be connected to gastrointestinal disease, viral or bacterial infections, food allergies or intolerances, excessive stress, prescription drug abuse, alteration in the endocrine system and immunodeficiency.

 

GAS AND BLOATING

Excessive intestinal gas causes  the loosening of the abdomen and spasm of the intestinal muscles. This condition is frequently associated with flatulence. Predisposing factors are: food intolerances, poor diet and wrong food  habits (eating too fast, soda consumption, too many carbs or foods causing fermentation like legumes or artificial sweeteners), incorrect  food combinations.

We find these symptoms, even differently combined, in many gastrointestinal tract pathologies, some of them are:

 

PARASITISM

These are infectious/inflammatory conditions caused by microorganisms (parasites) infesting the host  causing him harm by absorbing nutrients directly from him. These pathologies cause abdominal pain, rectal hitching, nausea, vomiting, rectal bleeding, skin erythema or ulcers, fever and asthenia and they can be due to uncooked or undercooked food intake, improperly cleaned food, hydrating with non potable water, poor hygienic conditions and immune deficiency.

 

CROHN’S DISEASE

It’s a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, the main symptoms are: abdominal pain, mostly on the inferior left side of the abdomen, diarrhea  containing  blood and mucus, abdominal cramps, fever, weight loss and rectal bleeding. This condition can result from an incorrect and continuous activation of the immune system targeting the intestinal lining, an immune reaction triggered by saprophytic bacteria in the gut flora or due to iatrogenic causes (incorrect use of inflammatory medication)

 

ULCERATIVE COLITIS

It’s a chronic  inflammatory disease affecting the large  intestine that usually starts in the rectum, but can progress to the colon. Symptoms are: periods of constipation alternated with periods of diarrhea containing mucus and blood, pain and abdominal cramps, bloating and flatulence.

The main causes are: food intolerances, poor diet choices, poor hydration, alteration of gut flora or chronic parasitic  infection.

In order to receive a correct diagnosis, we recommend you go see a Doctor.