Judging by the weather outside the window, this year we will not have to wait long for the arrival of a real spring — with a warm sun. But alas, spring is not only an awakening nature, but also a variety of sores that, like snowdrops (only very unpleasant), come out into the light.
If you think about it, it is not surprising that our health worsens over the winter. Anyway, our body gets less vitamins in the cold season, but when it’s chilly and disgusting outside, it pulls us to treat ourselves to something, maybe not very useful for health, but delicious. Let’s not forget about the numerous winter holidays with feasts and hot drinks. If we add to this the fact that in the cold we go out for walks and do sports much less often, preferring to spend the evenings under a blanket on the sofa, then the picture will turn out quite unambiguous by spring. Now it is clear why many people have chronic health problems that worsen.
And one of those organs that are under attack is the intestines. But his work plays a huge role in the activity of the whole body — it is here that the final absorption of nutrients into the blood and the “screening out” of toxins takes place. And, importantly, the intestines are responsible for immunity. That is why it is very important not to miss the signals that indicate that your intestines need help. Some of them are quite obvious, others are not directly related to the digestive system. Let’s see what symptoms indicate that your intestines need help.
Let’s start, perhaps, with the most obvious and at the same time the most important symptom. If something is wrong with our body, it signals this primarily with pain. Unfortunately, often even this SOS signal remains unheard by us. In fact, how often do we say to ourselves “I ate something wrong”, or “it will hurt and pass”, or “it doesn’t hurt so much”! It is not necessary to endure pain — you need to consult a doctor to determine what the problem is. For example, pain in the navel area, in the lower abdomen may indicate colitis, enteritis and other inflammatory bowel diseases. If the pain is acute, then all the more urgently consult a doctor!
Let’s be frank: one way or another, almost every one of us has experienced diarrhea due to a gastrointestinal virus, stress, or the questionable quality of fast food bought on the street. In some cases, diarrhea is a consequence of improper nutrition, and it is enough to give up fried, spicy, salty and containing a large amount of preservatives food to get everything right. However, regular liquid and frequent stools can be a symptom of various inflammatory bowel diseases (colitis, enteritis, and others). That’s why you should be careful with taking anti-diarrhea medications: removing the symptom, you will not cure the problem, but at the same time make it difficult for the doctor to diagnose the disease. Chronic diarrhea is an unambiguous reason to consult a specialist.
Another failure in the work of the intestines is constipation. There is no single norm of how often a person should have bowel emptying, because we are all individual, but in general, doctors diagnose “constipation” if defecation occurs every few days or if a person is forced to push hard every time. There can be a lot of reasons for such a problem, from poor nutrition, a sedentary lifestyle and the consequences of taking certain medications to serious diseases.
People often do not take constipation seriously. “I just need to eat more vegetables” or” This is how my body works, ” they say to themselves. More vegetables is right, but at the same time it is impossible to treat constipation as something ordinary in any case. If the intestines are constantly clogged, and a person pushes every time during defecation, then sooner or later such unpleasant consequences as anal fissures, hemorrhoids, intestinal inflammation may appear, and if the problem is not solved, then in the worst case — rectal cancer. What should I do?
To begin with, it is necessary to remove the acute condition, and here you can not do without special means. It is very important to choose a drug that not only temporarily solves the problem by cleaning the intestines, but also normalizes its functionality.
After the problem is solved, you need to address the cause of its occurrence and change your lifestyle, first of all by revising the diet: drink more water, avoid overeating, add as many foods rich in plant fiber as possible to the diet. And of course, try to lead an active lifestyle, move more. In any case, the body will be grateful to you for such useful measures for it. If the problem with constipation is not solved for a long time, it is better to consult a doctor.
Flatulence, bloating… You can call it whatever you want, but the meaning is the same — an excessive amount of gases is formed in the intestines. Here the situation is about the same as in the case of diarrhea: perhaps it’s all about poor nutrition, and it’s enough to reduce the number of products that cause increased gas formation (exclude carbonated drinks, reduce the number of fermented dairy products and vegetables such as radishes, cabbage, peas) to significantly improve your condition. However, flatulence can also be one of the symptoms of serious diseases (including those related to the work of the intestines), so it does not hurt to consult a doctor.
5. Skin problems
It would seem that what does the skin have to do with it, these are completely different organs? The fact is that the skin as a mirror reflects all the problems of our body. If the intestines do not cope with their function of removing toxins, this will very quickly affect the condition of the skin: acne, irritation, redness, even eczema may appear. That is why in case of serious dermatological problems, it is necessary to check the work of the main body systems — including the intestines.
And finally, in a separate block, we will highlight those symptoms that, by themselves or in combination with those that we have already mentioned, require immediate medical attention, since they can talk about acute conditions and serious diseases:
- blood in the stool (in any amount no matter how regularly),
- the change in color of stool to black,
- sudden loss or weight gain,
- any severe abdominal pain in the anal area,
- any of the symptoms described above, in combination with nausea, vomiting or fever,
- the mucus from the rectum.
Proper nutrition, an active lifestyle and a timely visit to the doctor are the guarantee that your intestines and all other organs will be in order in the spring, and at any other time of the year!