Do you think you may be experiencing the effects of poor digestion? Take a look at a few of the symptoms that indicate your body isn’t digesting food properly. From there, you can determine if you should see a gastrointestinal specialist who can help you meet your digestive needs.
What are the symptoms that occur when your body isn’t digesting food properly?
- Abdominal pain — Abdominal pain, whether from hard stool, runny stool, blockages or gas, can be a major indicator of gastrointestinal issues. Pain in the abdomen can be an uncomfortable symptom of a digestive system that isn’t digesting food as it should be. Stomach pain can be common for those with gastroparesis, a condition in which the stomach muscles don’t contract as they should to move food out of the stomach and through the intestines.
- Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) — Inadequate digestion can also be linked to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This condition occurs when the stomach acids, which are meant to digest food, flow back up into the esophagus, causing an uncomfortable sensation called heartburn or acid reflux.
- Sudden weight loss — Sudden weight loss is another symptom of your body not digesting food properly. This symptom can actually suggest that you’re not absorbing enough nutrients from your food during the digestive process. This inability to get enough nutrients from the food you eat is referred to as malabsorption. Malabsorption can have a number of different causes including disease, medications and infections, just to name a few.
Don’t hesitate to contact Digestive Health Institute with further questions!
Still wondering what other things might be reasons to see a gastrointestinal specialist? If you are not sure why you might need one, you are looking for more information or you have other digestive health questions, please don’t wait to reach out to one of our team members at Digestive Health Institute for help. Our team of GI specialists has the training and experience to answer your burning questions. They can also help you find the most effective treatments for your conditions and for other common GI issues.
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