Digestion Problems – Part One

There many abnormal conditions of digestion, commonly known as digestion problems. Some of the common digestion problems are:

Vomiting, Nausea, constipation, diarrhea, flatulence, belching, heartburn and abdominal pain.

This article gives brief description of each of the problems:


Nausea is the urge to vomit that can be acute or prolonged. It can be of physical or psychological origin. There are several causes of nausea. For example pain, medications and diseases of gastrointestinal organs such as stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver and gallbladder. One of the major cause of nausea is adverse effects of drugs, in particular opiates. This can be a side effect of a large intake of sugar and sugary foods.

Nausea itself may not be a disease but it can be symptom for several other diseases. It may be a indication of some other underlying disease of the body may or may not be gastrointestinal. For example in Motion sickness the person is unable to keep up the sense of equilibrium and feel nausea. This nausea is nothing to do with digestion or viceversa.


Constipation can be defined as having a bowel movement fewer than three times per week. It is associated with hard, dry stools that are difficult to eliminate. Some constipated people experience painful bowel movements with bloating, straining and the sensation of a full bowel. A poor diet and less water intake are the main causes of constipation. It is one of the common problem and almost everyone experiences constipation at some point of time in their lives.


Diarrhea is almost opposite of constipation. It can be defined based on the frequency of the passing stool and consistency of the stools. In general terms diarrhea is loose, watery stools that the person passes more than three times a day. It is the common problem that lasts for two or three days and goes away without any special treatment. Chronic diarrhea may be due chronic disease of digestive system. During diarrhea there is loss of body fluid and that can lead to dehydration. Dehydration in children and elderly people should be treated immediately, otherwise it can lead to serious complications, even death.


Flatulence is excessive expulsion of gas through the rectum. These gases are the mixture of the gases that are byproducts of the digestion process. Excessive gas is produced by bacteria that normally inhabit in intestines especially colon. The bacteria produce gases like hydrogen, methane when they digest food such as sugars and polysaccharides. When there are excessive bacteria the problem of flatulence becomes tedious.

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