Digestive Health Poll & Discussion Since this seems to be a problem that many people seem to have I have decided to start off with a poll and open discussion on this topic that will tie into a future larger health and wellness assessment that everyone can work with their qualified licensed health care professional(s) to . Please feel free to share whatever experiences, symptoms, questions, or other information you have on this topic Digestive health problems can have serious effects on the body and are caused by and cause many issues with the body. They can be the root cause, an underlying symptom of another issue(s) or both. There are many foods and herbs that can help soothe, manage, or repair the digestive tract. These will be noted in here and in Diet & Nutrition, Herbs, Superfoods, and elsewhere in the Forum where appropriate POLL INSTRUCTIONS My digestion is 1-4 (Pick 1) & my symptoms are 5-10 (Check all boxes that apply) - If the full description is not under the poll entry use the the ones below for a complete guide 1. Excellent (No Symptoms; I love raw garlic) 2. Good (Some Symptoms; If I eat the wrong thing it causes problems) 3. Fair (A number of things I wish it were better) 4. Poor (I dread eating, Raw garlic might kill me) 5. Gas/Bloating 6. Regular Constipation/Frequent Diarrhea/Hemorrhoids 7. Difficulty with Weight (Gain/Loss/Fluctuation) 8. Acid Reflux 9. Food Cravings 10. Other: Please Describe Some Causes, Symptoms & Signs of Digestive Problems * Immune System Problems / Sickness * Food Cravings * Nutritional imbalance * Malnutrition * Low/High Stomach Acid (Often age & diet related) * Low Enzyme Levels (Often realted but could be far more serious) * Bacterial Imbalance or Bacterial Overgrowth * Parasites (Bacterial or Regular) * Incorrect Alkaline or Acid level in the right portion of the digestive tract * Malabsorption * Problems with any number of major organs can manifest themselves through digestive issues * IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome * Bladder Infections * Hemorrhoids * Colitis * Ulcers * Bloating * Gas * Indigestion * Acid Reflux * Constipation * Diarrhea * Hormone imbalance * Major organ issues * Mental Problems * Eye problems * Hormone Imbalance * Weight Gain * Weight Loss * Lack/Excess Hunger Interestingly digestive issues can cause a chain reaction with other organs and systems in the body causing serious and even life threatening results if not identified and treated. For example, a bacterial overgrowth can overwhelm the body My experience is that I will always search for the root cause of the problems I am having and seriously consider the suggested course of action recommended by my qualified licensed health care professional. This serves 3 purposes. 1. I am able to search for a permanent solution to my problem. 2. I will not be asked to take possibly dangerous or addictive prescription medication that may mask the root cause of the problem by just addressing a symptom or symptoms without finding the root cause. 3. If I didn't find the root cause it very possibly could lead to a worsening of the condition, further problems and possibly more serious unforseen and even life-shortening consequences If you would like to learn more these are some very informative books you could buy. Some availble for free on Google Books http://books.google.com/books?id=69...q=textbook on gastroenterology yamada&f=false http://books.google.com/books?id=U6...v=onepage&q=atlas of gastroenterology&f=false http://books.google.com/books?id=Ub...ok of Gastroenterology and Hepatology&f=false *VERY IMPORTANT: As always with all Dawg Saloon related Health and Wellness posts, PM's and other information on this site and in this forum you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions disclosed in this forum and on this site whether you are a member, supporter, staff, visitor or have access to the information here through any other means. And do not rely on anything you read here. Be sure to see a qualified licensed health care professional immediately if you are having digestive or other medical issues and have any concerns of any nature.