Slow Digestion Problems
|December 4, 2011||Posted by Nicos Stylianou under Maintaining Digestive Health||
Causes of Slow Digestion Problems and How They Can Be Cured
Slow digestion problems affect a big percentage of the world’s population. Some some time ago, these problems were more associated with older people, but things have changed and the fast-paced way of life has made even younger individuals susceptible to digestion-related problems. To better understand what these problems are and why they happen, here are some information.
The process of digestion explained
The whole digestion process starts the moment we put food in our mouths, chew them and swallow. They then get into the stomach to be broken down and for the nutrients to be distributed to the whole body. It ends with the process of defecation, when the elements or ingredients that the body does not need are flushed away from our system.
The time involved in the process of digestion varies from one person to another, but on average, it can range from 24 to 72 hours for a regular, healthy adult. If the whole process takes too long to be completed, say four or more days, then it is obvious that there is a problem and a visit to the doctor is very much needed.
Causes of slow digestion
There are several possible reasons why a person’s digestion process can take longer than is necessary.
One is age. As we get older, our ability to digest food tends to be slower. However, recent studies have shown that increasing number of younger people are becoming prone to slow digestion, mainly because of their over-reliance on processed foods and the tendency to seat for long periods in front of the computer, thereby depriving the body of physical activity and exercise.
Such problems can also be caused by consuming food heavy with fats and not drinking enough water. Taking certain drugs, particularly pain relievers, can also cause constipation and may contribute to slowing down the body’s ability to digest food. Gastroparesis, a condition characterized by the inability of the body to empty its stomach contents, is also a common reason. This condition is commonly caused by an impaired or damaged vagus nerve.
Impact of slow digestion problems
Not being able to properly digest food or taking longer to complete the process of digestion can cause discomfort and even pain, particularly in the stomach region. It can also lead to more serious health problems and can erode energy, hence some sufferers’ complaint of feeling sluggish or dizzy.
Moreover, when we suffer from digestive problems, what we feel tend to reflect on how we look. Pasty-looking skin, dull eyes and a general unhealthy appearance are what you can expect if you suffer from these problems, particularly if you experience them frequently or on a severe level.
Addressing the problems
Eating fiber-rich food, fresh vegetables and fruits and minimizing the intake of fatty foods are just some of the dietary habits that you can adopt to solve your digestive problems. Exercising or maintaining an active physical life is also another. Even if you are not suffering from any digestive problem, you still need to make sure that your digestive system is healthy and you can do this by taking nutritional supplements geared particularly towards promoting healthy digestion.
Kiwi-Klenz from Xtend-Life is one option that you can explore. It is made from Kiwi fruit and has been processed without the use of artificial ingredients. It is better than other supplements claiming to be made from the same fruit since it has been processed without taking out the seeds and skin of the fruit, the areas where most of the phenolics and enzymes and other nutrients helpful to the digestive system can be found.
The best thing about this supplement is that, aside from containing the necessary ingredients for solving slow digestion problems (soluble fiber, phenolics, prebiotics and enzymes), it is also very conveniently packaged in vegetable capsules that you can take anywhere with you without worrying that you are not getting enough serving of the elements that your body needs.