Nausea, acid reflux, heartburn, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation―who hasn’t felt some discomfort involving the digestive tract?
Digestion: a complex process
The factors and conditions at the root of digestive disorders, whether acute or chronic, are numerous. Consequently, it is always preferable to consult a doctor to get an accurate diagnosis. Although these digestive problems are often harmless, they can sometimes be unpleasant. This is why it’s good to know that you can count on your pharmacist to advise you on the ways to prevent or treat them, including with the help of over-the-counter medications, when this is possible.
Digestion is a complex process that involves several of the body’s organs working together, such as the oesophagus, stomach, intestine, pancreas and liver. It allows the absorption of nutrients and other substances that you ingest. When digestion is compromised, the body’s balance also suffers the consequences, including your well-being.
Pharmacists affiliated to the Jean Coutu Group are accustomed to helping people with occasional or minor digestive problems. If you consult them for this reason, they will provide you with information on the measures (medicinal or others) that you can take to prevent or ease the symptoms you are experiencing.
If needed, they will suggest that you make certain lifestyle changes. They can also tell you if the use of an over-the-counter medication is suitable for you. If the need arises, they will help you choose a product that best suits your needs. If your condition warrants it, they will encourage you to see a doctor.
You will find some links here for a number of articles relating to digestive health.
Common digestive problems
The most common digestive problems include acid reflux, heartburn, diarrhea and constipation. Whether they are caused by your lifestyle, a disorder or an infection, you will likely want to eliminate the problem as soon as possible. These issues can occur at any time. However, the times when your digestive tract is put to the test are more likely to cause a flare-up. A notable example of this, is the holidays―in fact, we have written an article on the ways to reduce its impact on your digestion!
For additional information or advice on the most common digestive issues, speak to your pharmacist or read the following articles:
- Stomach ulcer: from diagnosis to treatment
- Acid reflux and heartburn: SOS relief!
- Constipation: how to prevent and ease it
- Tips to reduce bloating and flatulence
- Five practical tips in the event of diarrhea
- Diarrhea in children
- How to prevent and treat travellers’ diarrhea
- Probiotics: the friendly bacteria
- For better digestion during the holidays
- How to prevent and treat dehydration
The intestine is the part of the digestive tract that extends from the exit of the stomach to the anus. In humans, it divides into two parts: the small intestine and the large intestine (or colon). Thousands of Canadians must learn to live with bowel disease. Their daily lives are often overshadowed by unpleasant symptoms such as abdominal pain, discomfort and chronic diarrhea. Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome are among the most commonly known and widespread conditions.
For additional information about bowel disease, read the following articles:
Digestion during pregnancy
Pregnancy is without a doubt a great source of joy and wonder, but it can also be at the root of minor health issues affecting digestion, among other things. For example, these may include the infamous nausea during pregnancy sometimes accompanied by vomiting, acid reflux and constipation. Most of these problems are caused by the transformation the body undergoes to accommodate the baby. These inconveniences can usually be dealt with when you are well-informed. Ask your pharmacist for advice to make your pregnancy as comfortable as possible.
For additional information about digestive issues during pregnancy, read the following articles:
At Jean Coutu, we believe that all health issues, whatever their nature, deserve our attention and yours. If you are experiencing symptoms related to digestive issues, don’t hesitate to call upon the expertise of your pharmacist!