Digestive Problems literally hold the key to one having a great day, to having the worst day ever! Doesn’t matter how great everything is going at work; a single signal from the tummy can turn our entire great-going day, sour. The digestive problems – Gastrointestinal issues – are dependant on what we eat.
Many Gastroenterologists believe that one of the many problems that arise due to an upset digestive system is weight gain. Therefore, keeping your stomach problem-free is the key here.
Now, what are the problems that lead to weight gain?
1. Acid Reflux Disease
Known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), a burning sensation is felt inside the stomach and lower chest, where it seems to be rising.
Many have come up with the solution of eating every time this painful burning occurs. Yes, eating does reduce the burning sensation but once you’re done eating and the stomach starts digesting, the burning sensation relapses. This time, it brings bloat, nausea and hiccups. So overeating, in this case, won’t help, especially if you’re planning to shed some pounds.
Ulcers are sores that form along the lining of the stomach or small intestine. Ulcers are a result of excessive acid production and similar to GERD; eating food may improve the painful sensation in the lower stomach. However, overeating in this matter too will lead to bloat and eventual weight gain.
When your body can’t flush the excess, it feels heavy and bloated. A lot of people assume that constipation leads to weight-gain; that is not true. But, getting constipated every now and then, might lead your weight to go up, because that is a sign of a slow metabolism.
4. Overgrown Bacteria
Bowels contain good and bad bacteria. To keep the stomach digesting and bowels moving, the good bacteria play an important role. This tiny fellow inside our bowels keeps an eye on our weight. And in some situations, when it overgrows and goes completely off-balance, then the first thing that gets affected is the weight.
5. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome occurs when the stomach goes through digestive issues like food sensitivities, diarrhea, and an imbalance in good and bad bacteria. Usually, the main problem that causes bloat in IBS, is constipation.
6. Ulcerative Colitis
Decreased appetite and excessive weight-loss happen in Ulcerative Colitis. Many physicians provide treatment to it by including steroids in the medication. Because of steroids, both the ulcerative colitis symptoms change into increased appetite and excessive weight gain.