Our bodies are amazing vessels. Everything we eat goes through a complex digestive system that processes the useful and disposes of the waste. However, just like any other complex system, sometimes things go wrong. Some digestive issues cannot be helped. However, the things we do to our body do play a part in the way it operates. Here are 3 things that might be causing your digestive system to malfunction.

Taking Medication

Many of us need to take medication for a variety of reasons. We all know that many medications come with a long list of side effects. Look carefully at your medication because one of those side effects might be digestive issues. If you do notice that as a side effect, take the medication sparingly unless it is absolutely necessary.

One of the most popular types of medications that affect the digestive system is non steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s). Some of the most popular examples of NSAID’s include:

  • Advil
  • Aleve
  • Aspirin
  • Celebrex
  • Motrin
  • Vioxx

If you use these medications regularly and have digestive problems, it might be helpful to reduce your use.

Drinking too Much Alcohol

Who doesn’t like a drink or a beer after a long week? It’s a very common way to unwind. A couple of drinks aren’t necessarily damaging. However, if you drink too much in one night or drink every single day, it can really start to eat at your stomach lining. You’ll know if the alcohol is causing you a problem if you notice that you are experiencing diarrhea. Diarrhea dehydrates you. Alcohol does, too. If you are experiencing digestive problems the day after a night of drinking, be sure to drink plenty of water because you are probably severely dehydrated. If this happens often, cut down on the drinking.

Not Getting a Colonoscopy

As we get older, we should know how important it is to care for our health. This means getting the necessary checkups recommended by doctors. One of these checkups is a colonoscopy. It’s not a comfortable procedure, but it must be done at a certain point. Failing to do so can cause serious problems to get even worse.

Your digestive health is just as important as any other aspect of your health. If you have a problem, look at these three things to see if you are guilty. If you are experiencing severe digestive issues, consult your doctor. They can help you look into something like allergen testing to see if there are any existing conditions.

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Emma Sturgis

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