Digestive complaints can be a very nerve wrecking and frustrating matter. If they persist over a long period of time, a functional intestinal disorder (a group of disorders of the intestinal tract) could be to blame. Scientific researchers conclude that intestinal disorders often cannot be traced back to one specific trigger, but rather a complex of various causing factors. Here is a selective overview of relevant digestive complaints and discomforts related to the gastrointestinal system.


Diarrhea is a very common intestinal complaint. On average, adults are affected by diarrhea once and children twice every year. Diarrhea is primarily characterized by an increased frequency of passing watery and loose stools (typically more than 3 times a day), often accompanied by abdominal pain. There are acute and chronic forms of diarrhea. One of the most dangerous consequences of diarrhea is dehydration. Dehydration happens when the body loses too much water without replacing it, leading to inadequate metabolic performance. If untreated, dehydration can become a life-threatening matter, especially for infants and children.

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Food or oral drug poisoning

Food or oral drug poisoning are common causes of digestive disorders that affect millions of people worldwide every year. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and depend on the substance ingested. The most common complaints include stomach upset, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and dehydration.
If symptoms of food poisoning occur, the first treatment priority is to drink plenty of fluids and replenish electrolytes. In addition to rehydration, prolonged rest and a restricted diet are required. Drug poisoning demands more extensive treatment measures and, like food poisoning, should be examined by a doctor.

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"A healthy outside starts from the inside."

— Robert Ulrich

Flatulence and bloating

Flatulence and abdominal distention are common complaints experienced by people of all age groups. It is said that 10 to 25% of adults complain regularly about this kind of intestinal issue. Bloating describes the accumulation of gases in the intestine due to digestive processes in the gastrointestinal tract, accompanied by an uncomfortable feeling of tightness, fullness and distension in the abdomen. The discharge of bloating is called flatulence. If these symptoms turn consistent and are causing mental distress, it is advised to see a professional health practitioner to find the triggers. There are many sources of intestinal gas. The kind and the amount of food and drinks we consume and the way we eat can have a major impact on our intestinal gas production.

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