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Get your digestive disorder in order

If you suffer from digestive disorder, this article is for you.

Digestive disorders include a wide range of diseases, from the very common like Aphthous Ulcers, Helicobacter pylori, Irritable Bowel Syndrome to the more complicated like Celiac, Esophagitis, Gastric Ulcers, Colitis, Diverticulitis, Crohn’s Disease and more.

The physical location of the disorder changes and depends on the type. It can appear throughout all the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus.

Some disorders are temporary, when it comes to stomach or intestinal infection due to bacteria, amoeba, virus, worms, food poisoning or infected water. Sometimes, though, temporary infections become a chronic problem when the cause of the inflammation is not diagnosed in sufficient proximity to the time of the infection or when the immune system is at its lowest.

The initial cause of most digestive disorders is unknown and all of them affect people of all age groups, but each has its peak, which usually occurs at certain ages and situations (for instance Crohn’s Disease occurs between the ages of 15 and 30 or between 60 and 80). Most of the time, they affect men and women equally and may tend to run in the family.

Symptoms: Digestive disorders are often difficult to diagnose because their symptoms are similar to one another. The severity of the symptoms changes from one disease to another. Common symptoms may include mild to severe abdominal pain and tenderness of the stomach, diarrhea (with or without blood), nausea, vomiting, fecal incontinence, flatulence, fatigue, loss of appetite and sometimes weight loss.

Vitamins and minerals deficiency – Some digestive disorders disturb the decomposition process in the stomach and also interfere with the absorption of both vitamins and minerals, which in turn leads to nutritional deficiencies that in themselves can cause many other side-effects and physical problems.

Diagnosis – is made in some cases by blood tests, exhalation and more often by gastroscopy, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy and tissue biopsy, considering as well the specific symptoms and complaints of the patient.

Alternative treatment – Includes instructions for a better life and self-care (drink enough water, the right nutrition, which varies in times of remission and in the acute phase, sports, relaxation, taking care of one’s emotional state, etc.), herbal tinctures, powders and teas, essential oils and supplements. The methods change from person to person depending on which kind of digestive disorder he/she has. The alternative way is to take care of the reason for the occurrence of the disorder, taking into consideration the person as a whole – body, spirit and soul – in order to achieve remission for as long as possible or even cure at times, while still living a good, quality life.

Dalite has 21 years’ experience as an alternative therapist, taking care of different physical and emotional problems including digestive disorders. Her holistic center, which is located in Coimbra, includes treatments of Aromatherapy, Bach flowers, Acupressure, Jin-Shin, Healing, Life coaching and Naturopathy.

960 341 303 | www.dalite.pt

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