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Common GI Issues in Women

April 21, 20149 min
Are you constantly feeling tired, nauseous or bloated? You may have GI issues.Almost everyday you feel uncomfortable due to bloating, cramping or an upset stomach. It happens so often that you don't think anything of it. However, you may want to listen to your gut, it could be telling you something is seriously wrong.Do you have a digestive issue that you're not properly addressing?Bloating is very common. Numerous things relating to a gastrointestinal problem can cause bloating but it can also mean a gynecology issue such as endometriosis. One of the main reasons you become bloated has to do with what you are eating.Your body is different than anyone else's. What helps your body may harm someone else's. You may want to decide if you need to eliminate certain foods to pinpoint what your underlying cause is.If you're constantly stressed, you might be wreaking havoc on your gut. Making sure you're keeping your mind healthy is important for your body to function properly.Occasional heartburn is common after eating certain foods. If every time you eat and it's causing heartburn, you could have acid reflux disease. Acid reflux damages your intestines as well as your esophagus. Left untreated chronic inflammation within your esophagus can cause cancer.Even though you think by popping a few extra Tums will settle the issue, you still need to see a physician. Making sure you're staying aware from trigger foods such as anything spicy, caffeine and acidic foods can help keep your heartburn in check.What else could be contributing to your GI issues?Assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Sumona Saha, MD joins Melanie Cole, MS to discuss common GI issues among women and ways you can help treat these issues.Common GI Issues:

Diet and nutrition
Upset stomach

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