Posted October 10, 2020

Digestive Illnesses

Digestive Illnesses

Digestive illnesses are disorders of the digestive tract.

These illnesses include:


“Heartburn is a feeling of burning pain in the chest or throat. This occurs when stomach acid comes back up toward the esophagus, the tube which carries food from the mouth to the stomach.”(1)

Some foods, alcoholic beverages, and medicines can cause heartburn. Treating it is important because over time, the reflux of acid can damage the esophagus.

Recommendations include making careful food choices, avoiding irritants and greasy foods, and not going to bed immediately after eating (instead waiting about two hours before lying down). Following these suggestions can help to reduce symptoms.


“Constipation means that a person has three or less bowel movements in one week. Feces may be hard and dry. At times, the bowel movement is painful. Everyone experiences constipation at some time.”(2)

In general, constipation is a more frequent occurrence for women, sedentary people, and those with a diet low in liquids and fiber. This is why it is recommended to drink plenty of water and eat fruits, vegetables, and grains. Keep yourself as active as possible, control stress, and take your time when it comes to making bowel movements. All of this will help you to avoid constipation and maintain good digestive health.

(1), (2) Source: MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine (translation from Spanish to English by Deborah Kosi)