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Digestive disorders – Introduction

2012 July 18

Diseases that are associated with the gastrointestinal tract are called digestive disorders. The Digestive System is made up of various organs that work in harmony. Stress and bad lifestyle can easily disrupt this harmony.

Recent studies reveal that half of the American population is affected by some form of digestive disorders. Digestive disorders can be disturbing and can affect one’s quality of life. Minor irritations caused by digestive disorders can become unmanageable and compel one to miss work. Major digestive complications can have serious complications and may sometimes turn fatal.

Causes of digestive disorder 

Bad diet

  • Processed Food: Refining foods takes away all the important nutrients and fiber. Consuming refined carbohydrates on a regular basis deprives the body of essential minerals. Depletion of the minerals results in poor digestion of carbohydrate leading to indigestion, bloating and gas.
  • Low fibrous food: Though fiber is a non nutritive food, it helps to pass faeces from the intestine. Avoiding fibrous food leads to slow transit time (constipation). This condition is dangerous as some of the toxins from the faeces may get absorbed in to the blood.
  • High intake of highly cooked food: Food enzymes which facilitate digestion are   present in raw food apart from food supplements. Cooking food at high temperatures destroys the food enzymes.
  • Food allergies: Allergy to gluten, dairy products and any of the fruits may also trigger the digestive disorder.
  • Fast food: These are high in calorie, fat and sugar. Moreover, the highly refined carbohydrates lack nutritional value and can cause digestive disorders.

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