Digestive problems

Synonyms in a broader sense

indigestion, constipation, flatulence, stomach pain, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting


A number of disorders of the digestive system are summarized under digestive disorders. The most common symptoms of digestive disorders are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, cramping pain and food intolerances. Various diseases can lead to these symptoms.

  • Mechanical or
  • Have chemical causes.

Allergies can be caused, among other things, by a reduced detoxification capacity in the liver or by a perforated intestine. They can also be caused by harmful chemicals in everyday life. Especially when it is combined with poor eating habits and a lack of nutrients and exercise.

Both diarrhea (diarrhea) and constipation can be a symptom of allergy leading to digestive problems. Inflammation in the esophagus (esophagitis) is usually harmless. Acute inflammation of the small intestine, also known as acute enteritis acuta, can be caused by bacteria and viruses and lead to digestive problems.

The symptoms are diarrhoea, attacks of stomach pain and increased temperature. Appendicitis causes pain and hypersensitivity in the right abdominal area, intermittent bowel movements, nausea, slight fever, vomiting and hypersensitivity, which occurs when you press and release pressure on the affected area. If an inflammation in the appendix is suspected, the appendix is surgically removed as soon as possible.

The yeast fungus Candida, exists naturally in the intestinal system, gets along well with useful intestinal bacteria and is regulated by microorganisms. However, if the intestine contains the wrong kind of bacteria, the fungus can grow unchecked and lead to digestive problems. A diet rich in yeast, sugar and dairy products can further aggravate the problem in that the candida fungus thrives on this diet.

It damages the intestines and causes quite serious symptoms and secondary diseases. Excessive use of antibiotics, cortisone, too much sugar, wrong diet, birth control pills or heavy metal exposure – can result in fungal growth that eventually perforates the intestine. This can lead to particles from the intestine, which would normally have been excreted with the bowel movement, penetrating the blood instead.

The immune system is flooded with all the foreign bodies and it ends up causing allergies. When the candida fungus grows, there is a strong urge to eat the things the fungus lives on, such as sweet things, white yeast bread, dairy products and alcohol. Irritable stomach and irritable bowel are the most common forms of digestive problems and the main reason for a visit to the doctor.

About 25 to 30 percent of the population, mainly women, suffer from the so-called “functional gastrointestinal complaints”. This term was chosen because the digestive system no longer functions properly, although no organic disease can be found. Both diseases can be triggered by infections, medication, food and constant stress.

Overweight, lack of exercise and alcohol consumption can also disturb the natural function of the digestive system and trigger digestive problems. Irritable stomach and irritable bowel occur alone or together and usually severely restrict the quality of life. Both diseases cause recurrent pain in the digestive tract.

The irritable stomach is also known as “functional dyspepsia”. One of the main causes is hypersensitivity of the nervous system in the upper gastrointestinal tract, which in turn can have psychological reasons. Typical are digestive problems in the stomach and small intestine, which occur repeatedly for more than three months: A feeling of pressure and fullness after eating, the feeling of being full after a few bites and pain in the upper abdomen.

The irritable stomach also often causes unpleasant belching and heartburn, which can be caused by both over- and under-acidification. Irritable bowel syndrome is also known as “irritable bowel syndrome”. As with the irritable stomach, mental or psychological problems can disturb the function of the so-called abdominal brain – which can also lead to numerous complaints: Severe pain and spasms in the abdomen, flatulence, diarrhoea and constipation or unusual bowel movements.These symptoms considerably restrict the patients in their lifestyle, which leads to further stress, which again intensifies the symptoms like in a vicious circle.

Underacidification as the cause of digestive problems, i.e. a lack of stomach acid, plays a special role in older people who suffer from digestive disorders. The reason: the most important digestive hormone – the “stomach motor” gastrin – is no longer produced in sufficient quantities. This results in a reduced release of gastric acid (hydrochloric acid), which plays a central role in the digestive processes in the stomach.

The symptoms are similar to those of hyperacidity: heartburn, belching and pain in the upper abdomen. Those affected can notice their under-acidification by this if the often hasty treatment with an acid inhibitor such as omeprazole or pantoprazole does not show the desired long-term success. Diarrhea is not a disease in itself, but a sign of physical strain caused by different food, bacterial, parasite, fungal and viral infections, various poisonings, side effects of medicine, physical and mental stress or a reaction of time differences during long journeys.

In connection with travel, digestive problems in the form of diarrhea can also be caused by a food infection from bacteria or due to viruses that can spread epidemically. Weakened areas in the walls of the intestine can give way to the pressure of the food and the air in the intestine, forming small pockets where the food penetrates and does not get further, causing digestive problems. Both food and stool can lie and rot in such bulges, and inflammation, diverticulitis and stomach pain can develop here.

We often speak of a large number of diverticula. The decomposition bacteria that thrive in these diverticula produce toxins that can cause many different complaints. Most intestinal diverticula are located in the colon.

They can also originate in the esophagus, stomach and small intestine. The symptoms include bad breath.