As you see from the digestion image there are many parts and processes involved in digestion between the mouth and the anus. Given the complex nature of digestion it is no surprise that a large percentage of the population experience poor digestion on a regular basis.
Gastrointestinal(GI) disorders occur when one or more parts of the GI tract work poorly and may result in nausea/ reflux, early fullness, altered intestinal transit time(diarrhoea/constipation), bloating, excess passage of wind, pain and discomfort. Ouch!
There may be an underlying disorder such as Coeliac Disease, Diverticular disease or Chrohn’s disease for example or it may be that the symptoms are not explained by any of these disorders and Irritable Bowel Syndrome is thus diagnosed- a functional GI disorder.
Improving your digestive comfort and quality of life will occur once diagnosis is confirmed and careful investigation of your individual gut response to dietary food components is determined. As an Accredited Practising Dietitian Specialising in Digestion Issues I see the benefit of a targeted plan for diagnosis daily and encourage you to go this path for eventual better control of your symptoms and get back to some of the activities you used to enjoy.
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