Gastrointestinal Disorder

The gastrointestinal system (GI) is composed of a tract which begins at the oral cavity (where food enters the body), and extends until the anus (where waste is expelled from the body). This system involves the breakdown, absorption of nutrients, as well as the removal of undigested food. Once food passes through the oral cavity it travels through the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, and anus where it completes its cycle. Additional organs are involved, producing essential enzymes to aid in the digestive process; salivary glands, pancreas, liver, and gall bladder which fall within the gastrointestinal tract.



Gastrointestinal disorders begin to occur when parts of the gastrointestinal system fail at delivering their purpose. Conditions such as acid reflux, indigestion, peptic ulcers, gall stones, constipation, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may erupt as a result.



Some common causes:

– Low in fiber diet

– Lack of exercise

– Stress

– Travelling or changes in routine

– Large consumption of dairy products

– Overuse of laxatives

– Certain medications

– Pregnancy


Foods to avoid:

– Large consumption of dairy products (cow's milk)

– Citrus fruit

– Spicy/greasy/fried foods

– Foods high in sodium

– Red meats

– Alcohol



Foods to reach for:

– Soothing liquids/foods (water, soups, congee of oats, rice or barley)

– Bananas, avocados, spinach, cucumber, cabbage, potatoes

– Chlorophyll-rich products

– Tofu, soy milk, goat's milk products






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Sheri Shmuel

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