Many people struggle with chronic health issues, such as digestive disorders. Perhaps you’re among the populations of people who deal with headaches, fatigue, or inflammation. Maybe you’ve tried different medications or diet chances to correct the problem. If you’re still dealing with uncomfortable health issues, your digestive system could be the problem.
Understanding Gut Function
Think of your gut as the “powerhouse” of your body. Everything you eat, drink, and even breathe filters through your gut. If your gut isn’t functioning properly, other organs won’t either. During the digestive process, your body “sorts” out the nutrients in your food and distributes them. Your gut has several barriers that prevent toxins from getting through to your body. If your gut detects “toxins” in your food, it eliminates them to protect your body.
What Causes Digestive Disorders?
There are many factors that cause digestive disorders. Any of these disorders can manifest in the form of bloating, inflammation, insomnia, and other symptoms. Stress and diet are the two main causes of digestive disorders.
While there are some disorders that are more severe than others, all disorders can harm your body. Some of the most common digestive issues include:
- Leaky Gut
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Crohn’s Disease
Symptoms of Digestive Disorders
You’re probably already wondering if you have one of these common digestive issues. The best way to determine if you have a disorder is with a functional medicine doctor. Here are some symptoms they look for:
- Bloating or gas
- Sudden weight gain or weight loss
- Halitosis (bad breath)
If you have any of these symptoms on a regular basis, you should make an appointment right away. The longer you ignore your symptoms, the more damage they do to your body.