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Celebrating World Day of Digestive Health

Today May 29 is celebrated worldwide on digestive health.

Today May 29 is celebrated worldwide on digestive health. So adds to the awareness campaigns and outreach efforts related to this event, so more people can recognize the warning signs and to maintain a healthy digestive system.

The health of our digestive system is vital for who can live without eating and digesting food? If you enjoy a delicious dish without reflux, stomach pain, irritation and other discomforts, what luck! Millions of people can not say the same. So in this particular date, in various parts of the world are conducted outreach and awareness on the various problems that may occur in the digestive system, also known as gastrointestinal tract.

Thus, the World Gastroenterology Organization (WOG, for its acronym in English) takes an international conference to reflect on various issues related to the digestive system, which change from year to year. This 2012 is the turn of the debate on the various symptoms: “From acidity to constipation – Symptoms in the community: impact and performance.”

In  we join this campaign and we offer a summary of key information, so you can understand how the digestive system, what symptoms you have and what are the major diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

Think of the problems mentioned in the title of the WOG Congress this year. For example: have you ever had heartburn or constipation? It is easy to recognize. Heartburn is that burning sensation in the chest, as if you had a fire inside, just below or behind the breastbone, some call it “auroras”. Almost everyone has heartburn occasionally, but if it is frequent and continuous, you may be suffering from gastro esophageal reflux disease (GE RD).

Constipation or constipation, however, is characterized by a difficulty to evacuate. You can go days without going to the bathroom (or go to evacuate or defecate less than three times per week) and when you try it costs a lot and the stool is very hard. This may be because your diet is low in fiber, because you are very sedentary, do not drink enough water, and you put the desire to go to the bathroom or maybe there is some other problem.

You see, a condition affecting the stomach and one to the gut. Then we stop to remember that the digestive system consists of a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube that begins in the mouth and extends to the anus, including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine and the liver, gallbladder and pancreas, which are responsible for producing juices (chemicals) that help in the process of digestion.

As its name implies, the digestive system is responsible for digestion, ie, to convert food into energy and get them all the nutrients the body needs.

But. In addition to heartburn and constipation, what other signals may be related to gastrointestinal tract problems? There are several, including:

Bleeding with the stool

Abdominal distention (when you feel your abdomen is full and tight, and it may be inflamed or swollen)

Diarrhea (which is when the stool is loose, watery, and frequent)

Changes in bowel habits

Incontinence (when you can not contain the urge to go to the toilet to defecate)

Nausea and vomiting

Pain in the abdomen

Trouble swallowing or swallowing (which is a feeling that food is stuck in the throat or from the neck down to the abdomen)

Weight gain or loss

All these signs may indicate a problem in the digestive tract and the presence of disease, which can be mild, such as irritable bowel elsíndrome to something more serious like stomach cancer, or cancer of the pancreas.

Other common disorders affecting the gastrointestinal tract are laenfermedad gastro esophageal reflux disease (GE RD), peptic ulcer or gastric ulcer, lactose intolerance, gallstones or gallstones, hemorrhoids, liver problems and the different types of hepatitis and cirrhosis, punctuates, intestinal infections or other bowel problems such as Celia disease or gluten intolerance, Crohn’s disease and ladiverticulosis.

All these diseases require specific treatment. Now that you know the signs that your digestive system can send you, do not let them miss. Check with your doctor without delay so you can enjoy life a healthy digestive system and if there are any problems will be detected as soon as possible and can be treated or controlled.

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