Prevent and relieve digestive problems

Published On: Feb 13 2013 08:58:38 AM PST   Updated On: Feb 27 2013 12:31:10 PM PST
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By Pure Matters

Just as simple things can upset your digestive system, simple changes can help. The following tips can help prevent or relieve digestive ills.

See your health care provider if symptoms persist.

Diarrhea

Although diarrhea can make you feel miserable, it is rarely cause for concern. Bacteria, viruses, emotional upset, stress, and certain drugs can cause diarrhea, says the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Most of the time, diarrhea in adults goes away by itself. If you notice blood or mucus in your stool; have a fever of 102 degrees or higher, diarrhea for more than three days, or severe pain in the abdomen or rectum; or if repeated vomiting or signs of dehydration develop, call your doctor.

To help prevent or relieve diarrhea, follow these suggestions:

Constipation

Stress, diet, and ignoring the urge to go to the bathroom can cause constipation. When stools pass through the colon too slowly, the large intestine draws too much water from them, making them difficult to pass, the NIDDK says.

These tips can help:

Heartburn

When the sphincter muscle between your esophagus and stomach doesn't close adequately, stomach acid can wash back into the esophagus. This creates heartburn, a burning feeling just below or behind your breastbone. This condition is called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, the NIDDK says. GERD is caused by certain foods and eating habits, smoking and stress, among other things.

Avoiding alcohol, caffeine, citrus drinks, chocolate, mint, or spicy foods may help prevent heartburn.

These tips can also help:

Source: http://resources.purematters.com/healthy-body/digestive-health/how-to-prevent-and-relieve-digestive-problems