Your stomach contains acid that is necessary for digestion and for breaking down food. However, when the secretion of acid is disrupted, you may start experiencing symptoms like a pricking or burning in the throat and chest. This is called as hyperacidity.
Had a great birthday bash? Gorged on everything from starters to desserts? Helped yourself to an extra slice of cake? And now you’re beginning to experience the signs of indigestion? This can be anyone’s story because indigestion happens to everyone at least once in their lifetime. It is the pain or discomfort experienced due to overeating.
Do you have to visit the washroom several times or fewer times than is normal before you plan to travel? Does the news of a stressful event make you feel queasy and uncomfortable? If yes, you may be suffering from irritable bowel disease. It is a condition that causes the bowels to respond to worry in an abnormal way, creating severe discomfort and, at times, even embarrassment.
We have grown up being lectured about the importance of milk to health. It is difficult to believe that milk can be harmful to some people. But it is true, some people are unable to digest the sugar present in milk called lactose. This happens because their gut does not produce a sufficient quantity of lactase enzyme. This undigested lactose passes from their small intestine to their large intestine where it gets fermented by gut bacteria causing the release of gas, bloating, and discomfort. These people are considered to be lactose-intolerant.
GERD can be likened to a blocked or malfunctioning kitchen wash-basin that experiences a backflow of dirty drain water.
Your food pipe and stomach are separated by a ring of muscles. These muscles act like a flexible gate and prevent the acidic contents of your stomach from reaching and harming your food pipe. However, if anything goes wrong with these muscles, there is an unwanted backflow of stomach contents into the food-pipe. As the stomach contents are highly acidic in nature, they can irritate or sometimes damage your food pipe. This is called reflux.
If reflux occurs very often (about once or twice a week) it is called as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.
Celiac disease affects the absorption of nutrients. It is a problem with digesting gluten, a protein found in foods like bread, crackers, and pasta.. Celiac disease is an auto-immune disease in which there is damage to the gut or small intestine due to ingestion of gluten. Celiac disease is hereditary, which means it runs in families. Certain people have a predisposition to this condition. When such people eat foods that contain gluten as part of their diets, an immune response is triggered within their body, and there is an attack launched against the small intestine. This, in turn, damages the villi of the gut in the long run. The function of these villi is to promote absorption. When they get damaged, nutrient absorption is negatively impacted.
Foods that can trigger Celiac disease
Ways to deal with Celiac disease