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Overview

Digestive disorders are very common. Some of the most common ones are listed below:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Gastric ulcer
  • Acid reflux disease

Causes

There are many causes which can be attributed to the development of digestive disorders, and they are listed below:

  • Infection
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Genetic factors
  • Food intolerances

Symptoms

The symptoms vary with the specific disorder, but the following are the general symptoms associated with most of these disorders:

Diagnosis

The diagnostic tests used to identify digestive system disorders are mostly pretty basic:

  • Ultrasound abdomen
  • CT scan abdomen
  • Endoscopy
  • Blood anti-gliadin antibody levels
  • Colonoscopy

Treatment

The treatment of each specific disorder varies, some of the common treatments implied in these disorders can be listed as follows:

  • Anti-biotics
  • Diet changes
  • Anti-motility drugs
  • Laxatives
  • Immunomodulators
  • Steroids

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Crohn’s Disease https://htv.com.pk/health-a-to-z/crohns-disease https://htv.com.pk/health-a-to-z/crohns-disease#respond Fri, 08 Jun 2018 09:58:02 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=37106

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Overview

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory condition of the bowel which is both debilitating and painful, and can often prove fatal due to complications. Besides the bowel, it can also affect other parts of your digestive tract.

Causes

The exact cause behind Crohn’s disease is not known. Following are some risk factors:

  • Activation of the immune system by a virus/bacteria
  • Hereditary factors
  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • Family history
  • Cigarette smoking

Symptoms

The most common site for Crohn’s is the ileum (the last part of the small intestine) and the colon. Signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease vary according to the severity and duration of the disease and, include the following:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain and discomfort
  • Bloody stool
  • Oral ulcers
  • Pain upon defecation

Extra-Intestinal signs include:

  • Inflammation of skin, eyes and joints
  • Inflammation of liver and bileducts
  • Delayed physical or sexual growth in children
  • Bowel ulcers, fistulas, malnourishment, colon cancer are some serious complications of this disease.

Diagnosis

Crohn’s disease is a diagnosis of exclusion: meaning that it is diagnosed after excluding all other possible causes. Blood tests and stool analysis may help in the diagnosis. Endoscopic examination and other imaging studies such as CT scan, MRI, capsule endoscopy etc. can also be utilized depending upon requirement.

Treatment

There is no treatment for Crohn’s disease. Management is aimed at reducing inflammation and can utilize the following agents:

  • Corticosteroids
  • Oral 5-aminosalicylates
  • Immunosuppressants
  • Anti-biotics
  • Anti-diarrheal
  • Pain relievers

Nutritional therapy and surgery are also two modes of treatments that can be used.

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How to Avoid Indigestion during Ramadan https://htv.com.pk/health/ramadan-tips-indigestion https://htv.com.pk/health/ramadan-tips-indigestion#respond Fri, 01 Jun 2018 10:24:53 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=36884

Looking for Ramadan tips to avoid indigestion? Your digestive tract is expected to deal with a lot during Ramadan. It is responsible for digesting your food and processing it after identifying and sterilizing it. However, Ramadan is the time when you can unwillingly put a lot of pressure on your digestive tract. No wonder, digestive […]

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Looking for Ramadan tips to avoid indigestion?

Your digestive tract is expected to deal with a lot during Ramadan. It is responsible for digesting your food and processing it after identifying and sterilizing it. However, Ramadan is the time when you can unwillingly put a lot of pressure on your digestive tract. No wonder, digestive issues are so prevalent during this month – thanks to our food choices and the pace at which we consume it.

When we break our fast after spending the entire day hungry and thirsty, we tend to eat more and much faster than we usually do. Mostly, we do not even properly chew our food. And then comes our ‘desi iftar menu’ during Ramadan, which revolves around deep-fried, oily foods and sugary drinks that could further upset the stomach.

Problems like belching, bloating, acid reflux, and indigestion becomes common. Anyone can experience these issues during Ramadan without proper care. This calls for a change in the eating habits after you have broken your fast.

Here are the HTV’s top Ramadan fasting tips that could help you avoid indigestion during this holy month:

Avoid Overstuffing Your Stomach

Too much food too soon can put a lot of pressure on your digestive tract. We usually tend to overeat after breaking fast because of hunger. However, the idea is to take your time and eat gradually, since you have many non-fasting hours to cover.

If you start eating too much right away, you put a lot of food in your stomach. This causes gastric acids, which leads to heartburn. Since our stomach is empty for hours, it is also missing on the essential digestive enzymes, which makes the digestive process even slower. The fullness of the stomach will only cause discomfort and pain.

Increase Your Water Intake

Again, do not load yourself up with water right after breaking your fast. You can take one glass of water, eat a few things, and then take a break. Water is essential for digestion. Chew your food, eat calmly, and drink your water gradually. Another way to increase your water intake is by introducing fruits in your diet with more water content – such as watermelon.

Limit Oily, Spicy, and Deep-Fried Food

As mentioned above, our regular assortment of Ramadan food comprises a combination of extremely oily, and high sugary foods and drinks. Consuming so much fat on an empty stomach can affect digestion and trigger reflux.

Consuming spicy food can also cause discomfort and stomach ache. It’s important to plan your meals right and choose healthy, light items for the menu instead.

Exercise A Little

While it can be too much to keep up with a rigorous exercise routine, going for a simple walk after your meal is a great way to avoid acid reflux and heartburn after iftaar. Go for a short walk and keep up with a little exercise daily.

Final Word

It’s sometimes difficult to control your food cravings during Ramadan. That’s when planning your meal will help you. Avoid the regular fried items and replace with healthier options. Drink plenty of water (gradually) and keep up with exercise to avoid indigestion during Ramadan.

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5 Herbal Remedies for Digestive Disorders https://htv.com.pk/herbal/digestive-disorders https://htv.com.pk/herbal/digestive-disorders#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:32:18 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=35717

Without a doubt, our digestive system is one of the most important parts of our body. Its main function is to help absorb all essential nutrients to maintain optimal health. A healthy digestive system also ensures your body regularly flushes out waste products. Unfortunately, we do not take digestive problems seriously. Either we hop on […]

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Without a doubt, our digestive system is one of the most important parts of our body. Its main function is to help absorb all essential nutrients to maintain optimal health. A healthy digestive system also ensures your body regularly flushes out waste products.

Unfortunately, we do not take digestive problems seriously. Either we hop on over-the-counter medicines to treat them or simply regard them as heartburn and ignore. But it isn’t just heartburn that is associated with a common symptom of digestive issues. Problems like gas, bloating, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, peptic ulcers, food intolerance, acid reflux, celiac disease, diverticulitis, lactose intolerance, and irritable bowel syndromes are also quite common when a person is suffering from digestive disorders.

So what do you do?

Over the centuries, people have used herbs and spices to treat digestive disorders. While you can always consult a medical professional, the following top herbal remedies are surely going to help you.

1.      Ginger

In addition to preventing digestive problems, ginger is a great herb for improving digestion too. It stimulates the flow of enzymes and digestive juices and helps reduce nausea, bloating, indigestion, vomiting, and diarrhea.

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Ginger naturally has antibacterial, carminative, and anti-inflammatory properties to help with digestive problems. To make yourself a medicated ginger tea, boil 1 tsp of grated ginger in 1 cup of water and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the ginger out and add a teaspoon of raw honey.

Drink your tea 2-3 times a day to achieve effective results!

2.      Peppermint

Peppermint is another herb that effectively prevents digestive problems. The anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and carminative properties help treat intestinal cramps, vomiting, bloating, gas, and nausea.

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To prepare your peppermint tea, add 1 teaspoon of peppermint leaves to one cup hot water and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the mint out and drink it. Add a teaspoon of honey for additional benefits and improved flavor. Drink at least two cups per day.

Also, use fresh peppermint leaves in your salads and recipes to gain more benefits.

3.      Fennel Seeds

Fennel seeds are great for treating digestive disorders and improving health. They are often used as a treatment for low stomach acidity, indigestion, and heartburn. The seeds also hold benefits for irritable bowel syndrome and offer relief from bloating and intestinal spasm.

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To aid digestion, simply chew one teaspoon of fennel seeds after a meal. Other options include drinking fennel tea or adding crushed fennel seeds in your salads and breakfasts.

4.      Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV plays a vital role in maintaining your digestive system’s health. The acidic ingredient balances out the alkaline levels in your body. It effectively treats problems like heartburn, stomachache, and indigestion.

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In a cup of warm water, add 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar along with a teaspoon of raw honey and drink 2-3 times in a day for best results.

5.      Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)

More commonly known as isabgol, it is a great herbal remedy for promoting overall digestive health. Rich in insoluble fiber, psyllium husk is a natural laxative that improves bowel movements. It also helps prevent flatulence, gas, and constipation.

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Add one tablespoon of psyllium husk into a cup of yogurt and eat fresh. You can also add 1/2 to 1 tsp in a glass of warm milk or water for consumption. It’s best to drink it before bed for best results.

Final Word

In addition to using these herbal remedies, seek medical assistance for proper treatment. Also, avoid lying down immediately after having your meals to avoid the risk of nausea and heartburn.

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