7 Ways A Digestive Disorder Can Skyrocket Extraordinary Weight
Gastrointestinal and digestive issues can definitely have a large effect on the way we eat and how our bodies absorb and digest foods, causing us to gain or lose weight.
Most digestive problems tend to cause weight loss from poor absorption of food, but there are a few situations in which our intestinal health can contribute to weight gain. If the number on the scale is changing and you really aren’t sure why, one of these common digestive issues could be the culprit.
Acid Reflux Disease
Also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), this causes a painful burning sensation, or heartburn, in the lower chest when stomach acid rises back up into your esophagus. And for people who suffer from it, the term “comfort food” takes on a whole new meaning because the act of eating can actually help reduce pain.
Eating provides temporary relief because both the food you’re eating, and the saliva from actually chewing that food, neutralizes acid. The only problem? Once the food’s been digested, all the symptoms, like bloating, nausea, and hiccups, that won’t disappear, tend to come back. And they’re usually more aggressive because of rebound acid production. But because people want help, I notice they easily get sucked into a dangerous cycle of overeating that leads to weight gain. (1)
These uncomfortable sores, also known as duodenal ulcers, usually develop in the lining of the stomach or small intestine, and it’s usually because of too much acid production. And just like with GERD, eating food can improve the painful symptoms, including bloating and constant nausea because it temporarily coats the ulcer with a protective lining and neutralizes the stomach acid.
To banish ulcers, I’ll advise you to CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation where we will discuss your unique case. You also need to avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAID pain relievers like ibuprofen or aspirin, as they could cause internal bleeding and be life-threatening to those with ulcers. (2)
Constipation doesn’t exactly give us the motivation to hit the gym and crush a workout. Rather, it’s way more likely that you’re feeling sluggish and heavy… and the couch is calling your name. To avoid this, I recommend you stick to a balanced diet of whole foods that have at least 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day, stay well-hydrated (try to drink one to two liters of water per day), and exercise regularly. If something doesn’t seem quite right, I’ll recommend you CONTACT me for more support. (3)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
The term IBS gets tossed around a lot these days, as it’s the most commonly diagnosed GI condition, and it often overlaps with other digestive problems like food sensitivities, a leaky gut, and an imbalance of good and bad bacteria. And like constipation (a symptom of IBS), it can cause bloating and chronic inflammation, which, once again, could lead to weight gain.
For people who are diagnosed with IBS, it’s about getting to the root cause of the problem. I’ll recommend you CONTACT me to guide you through the process of building the good bacteria you need with probiotics, and add digestive enzymes to help break down food so it’s not just sitting around in your gut causing inflammation. I could also help you create a schedule with a gluten-free and low gas-producing diet. This will help reduce bloating and help get any unnecessary weight gain under control. (4)
While a smaller appetite and excessive weight loss are common symptoms of Crohn’s disease, an incurable chronic inflammatory condition, the exact opposite can happen as soon as someone is on a medication that contains steroids.
Steroids tend to increase your cravings for carbs and cause you to hold on to more water and feel bloated. Fortunately, it’s usually not too tough to lose the weight once you’re off steroids. That usually happens as soon as a flare-up or the reappearance of symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, rectal bleeding, and fever subside and symptoms are better under control. (5)
Often associated with those who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, gastroparesis, also known as delayed gastric emptying, is a disorder that slows or stops the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine. When normal digestion isn’t able to occur, it’s common to feel like you’re gaining weight due to fullness and bloating in the stomach area, but the disorder most commonly leads to weight loss in the end.
With the fact that fatty and fiber-filled foods take longer to digest, I’ll recommended that you limit or avoid those foods altogether if you experience this disorder. But for a more personalized care, CONTACT me to book a FREE 20 minutes Consultation. (6)
If you’ve noticed your body is easily irritated by certain foods, there’s a good chance you have a food intolerance. Unlike a food allergy, which is an immune system response, food intolerance affects the digestive system, making it hard to digest and break down certain foods (the most common being dairy). Anyone with food intolerance often experience gas, cramps, and bloating, making it feel like they’re gaining weight. Depending on how severe the food intolerance is, they might also experience diarrhea.
While you might feel super bloated and uncomfortable throughout the day because of your diet, you might not actually be gaining weight. I’ll recommend you avoid or reduce the foods you think are giving you issues, and if you do end up eating something that bothers your stomach, take an antacid. Thinking of the best way to mange this? CONTACT me to book a FREE 20 minutes Consultation. (7)
Life is good when you are healthy and active, but if your digestive system is disturbed, then your normal life goes off track. Gastrointestinal and digestive disorders can influence the way you eat, how your body absorbs and digests food and as a result, you either gain or lose weight. However, if you’re gaining weight and aren’t sure why, don’t hesitate to CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation where would discuss your unique needs.
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