Digestion & Discomfort

Digestion & Discomfort

Three common reasons for system upset

We all have episodes of digestive discomfort, including occasional gas, bloating constipation. Why does it happen? Well, the reasons vary. However, here are three of the more common reasons.

  1. Food
    Our taste buds and digestive systems get used to certain foods. While variety is the spice of life, foods that are heavier, spicier or unfamiliar can lead to digestive upset. While trying new foods, take it slow and pay attention to what your body is telling you.
  2. Stress
    As you're well aware, stress can interfere with everything in our lives, so it's no surprise that it can affect digestion too. Increased stress can cause blood flow to shift away from the digestive tract. Because digestion requires an increased amount of blood flow, this reduction in blood flow to the intestines due to stress can cause slowed digestion as well as bloating.
  3. Travel
    Travel for work leisure can cause digestive upset due to unpredictable meal times as well as new, or different, foods that are out of the ordinary. Traveling changes the timing of our body's systems, including the digestive tract. Many times, this can affect healthy sleep as well.