4 Signs Your Gastrointestinal Issues Could Be More Serious

by Dr. David Minkoff February 01, 2017 3 min read

4 Signs Your Gastrointestinal Issues Could Be More Serious

Good digestion is the foundation of health, and we can see how all-important it is to the natural healing systems of the world, including naturopathy, Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Healthy digestion can be impacted by a bunch of factors, including when you eat, the types of foods you’re eating, your stress levels and more. There are certain symptoms, however, that could signal a more serious issue and should be brought to the attention of your licensed healthcare practitioner. Here are four signs your gastrointestinal issues may call for a trip to your practitioner:

 

1. Worsening Gastro Symptoms

Gastrointerstinal (GI) symptoms are quite common and often mild, usually resolving within 24 hours. GI symptoms such as heartburn, upset stomach, indigestion, gas and bloating may follow eating a meal that your body has difficulty digesting. Though mild GI symptoms are common, they could be a sign of more serious digestive issues. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, digestive diseases such as Acid Reflux disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affect 60 to 70 million Americans and result in 21.7 million hospitalizations annually. If your gastrointestinal symptoms begin to also include other problems, like fatigue, and concerns such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, you should consult a healthcare practitioner. These sudden symptoms can signal that your issues may be worsening.

2. Notice Signs of Gastrointestinal Infection

If you are experiencing signs of infection—including inflammation, skin irritations or irregular discharge—a practitioner should perform an evaluation, as these symptoms could be a sign of bacterial overgrowth, parasites or out-of-whack enzyme activity. An evaluation of your organ function, and the immune status of the gut, can be done to identify if there are other health issues that could be contributing to your symptoms, or if these symptoms are indicative of a gastrointestinal disease or disorder, and the best plan for treatment.

3. Blood in Your Stool

Blood in your stool can be a telltale sign of hemorrhoids or anal fissures, but this symptom could also signal more serious gastrointestinal issues, including colon cancer. If you are experiencing blood in your stool over a prolonged period of time, it is always best to consult a physician to perform an evaluation.

4. Stool Regularly Includes Undigested Food

Some foods are easier to digest than others. Foods like carrots, corn and peanuts can be particularly difficult for your gastrointestinal tract to digest, and can result in these foods passing through your digestive tract without being digested. In typical cases, there is likely no cause for concern. However, if you begin to notice significant amounts of undigested food in your stool on a regular basis, this could be a hallmark of a gastrointestinal disease or disorder, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or celiac disease. Consult a practitioner if you begin to notice irregular bowel movements.

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then worked as an attending physician in infectious disease, co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine until 1995. In 1997, his interest in alternative and complementary medicine led him to open LifeWorks Wellness Center, which has become one of the foremost alternative medicine clinics in the U.S. His search to find a source of the highest quality nutritional supplements led him to establish BodyHealth in 2000, a resource that could provide doctors with the best possible supplementation and education for their patients. Today, the BodyHealth products are used by hundreds of practitioners and individual consumers who seek all-natural wellness and detoxification supplements with a demonstrated high level of quality and effectiveness. In addition to their use by patients looking to heal disease, the BodyHealth products are also used by sports enthusiasts interested in achieving and maintaining optimal performance. As a 42-time Ironman triathlon finisher, (including 8 appearances at the Ironman World Championships) Dr. Minkoff has first-hand experience to help athletes achieve optimum conditioning. His expertise in protein synthesis, detoxification, and nutrition allow them to run, swim, and bike faster and longer. Today, Dr. Minkoff is an alternative healthcare expert, guest lecturer, writer, tv and radio show guest. He also authors two weekly newsletters, the BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter and the Optimum Health Report.


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