Healthy digestion

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Healthy digestion, also called digestive health, results in the absorption of nutrients from food without distressing symptoms. Healthy digestion follows having a healthy diet, doing appropriate self-care including physical activity and exercise, minimizing activities like smoking or consuming alcoholic drinks which impair digestion, and managing any medical condition which disrupts digestion to the best of one's ability.[1]

A person with healthy digestion will have lower risk of experiencing diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, bloating, flatulence, and indigestion.[2] Additionally, a person with healthy digestion will have less need of digestive medications than a person who does not have healthy digestion.[2][1]

Some foods are more quickly or completely digested than others.[3]

Disruptions to healthy digestion[edit]

Many events can disrupt digestion.[1] Disrupted digestion can have many symptoms, including diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, bloating, flatulence, and indigestion.[1]

Some people have chronic medical conditions which disrupt their digestion.[1] Other people might be taking a drug which disrupts their digestion.[1] In those cases, the person's goals for healthy digestion might be to have their personal best possible digestion since they have other health problems to manage.[1]

Food intolerance can disrupt digestion.[1]

Medical treatments[edit]

Healthy lifestyle[edit]

Whenever possible, it is easier for a person to prevent digestive problems from happening rather than to seek to treat them after they begin.

Drugs[edit]

Various drugs can relieve the symptoms of poor digestion. Laxatives counter constipation. Loperamide counters diarrhea. An antacid can counter heartburn or indigestion. Simethicone can counter flatulence.

Probiotic treatment to promote healthy digestion is popular.[4]

Society and culture[edit]

Many people who seek healthcare for gastrointestinal problems are not satisfied with the treatment options which they find in conventional medicine.[5] Because of this, people often use alternative medicine to promote healthy digestion.[5]

Various organizations observe a "World Digestive Health Day" to share information about promoting healthy digestion.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Lipski, Elizabeth (2012). Digestive wellness : strengthen the immune system and prevent disease through healthy digestion (4th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 978-0071668996.
  2. ^ a b Greenberger, Norton; Weisman, Roanne (2009). 4 weeks to healthy digestion : a Harvard doctor's proven plan for reducing symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, & more. New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 978-0071547956.
  3. ^ Gangadharan, Maya; Pritchard, Gavin (July 2016). Healthy Gut Cookbook: 150 Stage-By-Stage Healing Recipes to improve your digestive health. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 978-1465449351.
  4. ^ Verna, Elizabeth C.; Lucak, Susan (20 July 2010). "Use of probiotics in gastrointestinal disorders: what to recommend?". Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology. 3 (5): 307–319. doi:10.1177/1756283X10373814. PMC 3002586.
  5. ^ a b Son, Chang Gue; Bian, Zhao Xiang; Wang, Jing Hua; Raghavendran, H. Balaji (2013). "Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Diseases and Disorders in Digestive Tract: Basic to Clinics". Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2013: 1–2. doi:10.1155/2013/565279.
  6. ^ "World Digestive Health Day 2017 Inflammatory Bowel Disease". Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. 51 (5): i–ii. 2017. doi:10.1097/MCG.0000000000000829.