Stomach and digestive problems

 Stomach and digestive problems

Stomach and digestive problems

Interference with the digestive system

The digestive system has a role to play in allowing the uptake and absorption of nutrients into the body. Various interferences can result from various factors:

Breath from mouth



Abdominal pain

Acid in the stomach



bloating after eating and feeling that the food is in the stomach, problems with the secretion of bile and gallbladder, heavy feeling after oily food, constipation, which can go into chronic constipation, lazy bowels, ie. slow movement of food through the intestines.


The modern pace of life neglects the physiological needs of the body for nutrition in the same terms, a variety of foods, cooked meals, adequate intake of vegetable fibers.

As a result of this behavior, the digestive system is increasingly burdened with messy or excessive meals, heavy and fatty foods, overuse of fast food, eating from the feet (whereby the food is not digested sufficiently), insufficient intake of fruits and vegetables (vegetable fibers), excessive consuming spices, coffee and cigarettes. The harmful effects of stress, which additionally burdens us, can often be manifested precisely on the gastric mucosa by developing gastric ulcer and gastritis - increased acidity of gastric juice.


Food allergies

Stomach problems can also be caused by fungal infections, lactose intolerance from milk, gluten hypersensitivity and other types of food allergies. Food allergies can be tested by elimination diets, ie. if a particular food item or group of foods ceases to be consumed for a certain period.


Increased acidity - gastritis

In the stomach, it is caused by increased secretion of gastric acid, which is one of the predispositions for the development of gastritis and gastric ulcer. Gastritis is a result of non-specific inflammation of the gastric mucosa, which is caused by acid when the protective layer of the mucosa is damaged. Damage to the mucosal protective layer is caused by drugs (aspirin, brufen, diclofen, corticosteroids), coffee, stress, Helicobacter pylori infection.

This creates the possibility that a strong acid (hydrochloric acid), which is present in the stomach to provide digestion, will begin to destroy the stomach itself. Symptoms of gastritis are burning in the upper abdomen, nausea, loss of appetite. Acute gastritis occurs suddenly and is manifested by nausea and burning in the stomach, while chronic gastritis develops gradually over time and manifests as dull ache, bloating and loss of appetite after the first few bites of food. Gastritis and inflammation of the gastric mucosa can further develop into a stomach ulcer, so care should be taken in a timely manner.


The most commonly used remedy for this type of problem is Ranisan (ranitidine), and Famotidine, Quamatel, is used. These drugs reduce the acidity of the stomach and prevent it from secreting. They do not allow the restoration of the protective mucous layer, which lays the stomach and prevents the acid from damaging it. Newer drugs prevent the secretion of acid, but neither do they stimulate the repair of the damaged protective layer.


Licorice, astragalus and white mucus contain mucilages that contribute to gastric lining and protection against the aggressive action of acid. Sweet root, in addition to protective, has an anti-inflammatory effect, so it reduces the inflammation of already damaged mucous membranes and allows its regeneration. The mint and chamomile tea has a soothing effect, reduces cramps and tension, stimulates digestion and reduces stomach and intestinal pain. They are also traditionally used for various inflammatory processes of the digestive tract organs.

If you have problems with increased acid secretion, do not chew gum for too long. Gastric acid is excreted during chewing, which can damage the empty stomach. It is best to apply chewing gum shortly after eating, if you use it to maintain the health of your teeth. Avoid raw vegetables, which are mechanically irritating to the mucous membranes, and use vegetables that are browned, chopped or mashed.


Stomach ulcer

Gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer cause even pain, at intervals of several days to several weeks. In a duodenal ulcer, pain occurs 2-3 hours after eating. It can occur on an empty stomach, and is calmed by eating. If the ulcer is found on the gastric mucosa, the pain usually worsens after ingestion. Appetite loss, flatulence, heaviness in the intestines, vomiting, nausea and vomiting also occur.


German Commission E has approved the use of licorice in gastric and duodenal ulcers. Cantarion is a traditional remedy for gastric ulcer because it stimulates the healing of ulcer. If there is blood in the stool or vomiting of bloody contents, a thorough examination and therapy is required to prevent internal bleeding.


Stomach pain

Pain occurs as a side-effect in most disorders of the digestive system. Nana, chamomile, fennel, anise, in the form of tea or their essential oils, have the effect of relaxing the muscles of the intestine and stomach, thus reducing cramps and pain.



Poor digestion

If poor digestion is due to insufficient production of food-degrading enzymes, compensation for pancreatic enzymes may be beneficial. Food digesting enzymes are divided into sugars, proteins and lipids - fats. Papaya and pineapple-bromelin enzymes serve to break down proteins. Bitters of wormwood, walking grass, kitsch, lynching affect the secretion of "intestinal juices", ie. digestive enzymes. The role of aperitifs based on these plants is to promote digestion before a meal (eg Pelinkovac, Swedbiter). In digestive disorders combinations of mint teas, chamomile, lemon balm, mullet grass, wormwood, lincure are used. Lack of bile salts and lipase enzymes makes it difficult to digest fat. Stress can cause bowel movements, causing stomach pain, bloating, and poor digestion.


Intestinal peristalsis (bowel work) can be stimulated by movement, massage, intake of sufficient amount of fluid. Certain symptoms in the digestive tract can occur as side effects of medication, and most medications can be intolerable for people with sensitive intestinal pathways. One preparation used in the treatment of delayed digestion (Iberogast) in the German market for many years, contains the following components: angelica, caraway, rusomacha, licorice, chamomile, lemon balm, mint, colorful bumblebee, licorice.


Stomach bloating

Flatulence is a subjective feeling that the stomach and intestines are enlarged, resulting from increased fluid intake, increased intestinal gas production, bowel obstruction, enlarged internal organs, fat deposits, and tumor development in the digestive system. Increased flatulence due to the formation of intestinal gases results from: increased intestinal bacteria, increased sugar intake, poor digestion or poor absorption of sugar. Certain types of fruits and vegetables contain sugars that are poorly digested by the human body but are broken down by gut bacteria, e.g. beans, cabbage, onions, carrots, bananas, apricots, whole wheat products (integral). In case of persistent digestive tract problems, a thorough examination is necessary to determine the true cause and to provide adequate treatment. In the case of physical obstruction of the bowel, surgical intervention is required to restore the patency of the intestinal tract. In flatulence, mint, chamomile, finisher, fennel, anise, cinnamon can be used to relieve bowel movements.





Nausea includes an unpleasant feeling in the stomach, aversion to eating, and it can develop in the urge to vomit. Ginger works to reduce nausea and vomiting, used in travel sickness and in some cases nausea during pregnancy.



At constipation, it is necessary to bring in sufficient amounts of fluid, to move around, to promote peristalsis, to eat fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grain products, because they are rich in vegetable fibers. Plant fibers have the ability to swell in the intestines, exert pressure on the intestinal walls and thus stimulate the natural discharge reflex. In acute (immediate) constipation, hay or pear tea may be used, which act as irritants to the intestines and thus stimulate discharge. However, they should not be used constantly, as they lead to increased loss of potassium, and the lack of potassium in the body can be harmful as it affects heart disorders, muscle weakness. It is recommended to use a maximum of 2-3 weeks. Prolonged use leads to the loss of the natural gut emptying reflex and the so-called "gut laziness". They should not be used in children under 12 years of age, pregnant women and lactating women, ulcers and inflammation of the digestive tract. Side effects are painful cramps and this is an indication that too much of these laxatives has been taken.


Disorders of the intestinal flora can lead to diarrhea (diarrhea). They can be caused by some types of food, infections by viruses, bacteria and parasites, inflammatory processes in the gut. Probiotic bacteria are "good bacteria" that inhabit the natural gut flora. Probiotics allow the establishment of disturbed intestinal flora.


Medicinal herbs used in the treatment of diseases of the digestive system:

Increased acidity of gastric juice, mustard - concha, licorice, white mallow, chamomile

Gastric and duodenal ulcer, gastritis - liquorice, cantarion, white spleen, astragalus

Food stalling, poor digestion after heavy meals - papaya enzymes, anise, gentian, mullet, wormwood, artichoke

Flatulence, gas, indigestion - mint, chamomile, janitor, fennel, anise, cinnamon

Stomach pain - nana, fennel, anise

Nausea, vomiting - ginger, chamomile, nana

Constipation - hay, pear (acute only)

Chronic constipation - vegetable fibers, prunes, figs, flax seeds

Diarrhea (diarrhea) - quince leaf, petrovac, green and black tea, oak bark, probiotics

Liver and biliary tract disorders - artichoke, dandelion, colorful bumblebee (silymarin)


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