Don’t Have Digestive Problems? Think Again
Feb 29, 2016 10:21PM
by Babette LamarreOften, patients assure their medical practitioners that they do not have digestive problems, but as they answer more questions, it becomes obvious they do. There are three reasons why this happens:
1. Many of us tend to think that what is experienced is normal. For example, a patient who is awakened daily by GI discomfort, and has to sit on the toilet slowly and uncomfortably passing a stool. Perhaps she never thought of herself as constipated because she went daily. Add that most digestive symptoms seem more annoying than serious, normalizing them further in our heads. But here's the deal: seemingly small digestive problems can be indicative of much larger problems either already present or looming.
2. Many of us don't usually talk to others about our gas, burping, constipation/diarrhea or hemorrhoids. Essentially, most of us live in a vacuum when it comes to understanding the whole "dirty process" of digestion. Only commercials discuss it (in a surface way), and these advertisements have a conflict of interest—they are encouraging the purchase of a product.
3. Finally, many digestive problems do not show any digestive symptomology—they manifest as migraine headaches, muscle/joint pain, exhaustion or onset of autoimmune disease. Many don't think of it that way, but our health problem is stemming from our GI tract and the mix of bacteria in it. Luckily, there is a now an online health questionnaire calling Nutri-Q that can assess your digestion, available from nutritional therapists.
Babette Lamarre is a nutritional therapist at Neck, Back and Beyond. To learn more about this free assessment, contact her at [email protected]