Intestinal diseases

Stomach problems can quite restrict your quality of life. After all, the bowel has a big influence on health and well-being. The intestinal flora is unique in every human being. That is why, for example, one person does tolerate legumes and the other does not.
Stomach problems often occur when the intestinal flora is out of balance. Some intestinal diseases are still a mystery to doctors and scientists, while others have been well researched.

Flatulence as classic intestinal complaints

Not all intestinal complaints are caused by an intestinal disease. The intestinal flora can get out of balance due to various influences. Antibiotics, for example, are known to change the composition of the intestinal flora. If you eat an unbalanced diet, move too little or drink too much alcohol, this can also lead to problems.

We all know an stomach problems- called "meteorism" in technical terminology: a bloated belly is at least unpleasant, sometimes even really painful. Flatulence is caused either by too much ingested air or by gas accumulation in the intestines. Mostly, some food and beverages such as legumes, onions, fatty foods, carbonated drinks or fresh bread are to blame.

If you get bloated every now and then after a meal, there's no need to worry. In this case avoid flatulent foods, eat slowly and drink plenty of water. Gentle warmth and abdominal massages can also bring relief.

Frequent stomach problems

Occasional flatulence, constipation or diarrhoea may not be the result of a intestinal disease. However, if these symptoms occur frequently or in combination, it is likely that they are the symptoms of an intestinal disease.

Here you can get an overview of frequently occurring intestinal diseases:

irritable bowel syndrome

The so-called irritable bowel syndrome is strictly speaking not a bowel disease, but a syndrome. Various intestinal disorders come together and cause symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, constipation or bloating. The causes behind irritable bowel syndrome are not clear. However, the following factors can play a role

  • Psychological factors (anxiety, overload, grief)
  • Unusual diet (for example, in vacation)
  • Previous gastrointestinal flu
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Consumption of stimulants (cigarettes, coffee, alcohol)
  • Imbalance of the intestinal flora (dysbiosis)

Doctors diagnose irritable bowel syndrome using the exclusion procedure. If all typical examinations such as laboratory tests, ultrasound or colonoscopy do not reveal any abnormalities, an irritable bowel syndrome is obvious.

Crohn's disease

This chronic inflammatory bowel disease can affect your entire digestive tract - from mouth to anus. However, the lower small intestine and the upper large intestine are particularly frequently inflamed. Just like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease is difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are often diffuse. This intestinal disease occurs in episodes that are unpredictable. The most common symptoms are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain in the lower right abdomen
  • Fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of weight

It is not yet clear how Crohn's disease develops. It is assumed that this is due to a autoimmune disorder. There are also some indications for a hereditary predisposition.

Ulcerative Coilitis

Like Crohn's disease, this intestinal disease belongs to the chronic inflammatory intestinal diseases. In her case, however, only the colon is affected by inflammation and not the entire digestive tract. In many cases the disease starts in the rectum and then spreads to the large intestine.

Ulcerative Colitis takes an episodic course – it is possible that months or even years pass without symptoms. Since the symptoms are similar to those of Crohn's disease, your doctor must first make an exact diagnosis. The causes of this intestinal disease are also unclear, probably due to an autoimmune disease. It is possible that viruses and bacteria also play a role.

Which stomach problems can be life-threatening?

In rare cases a bowel disease can lead to complications. In Crohn's disease intestinal obstruction is a possible complication that must be treated immediately. The formation of scars after a relapse can lead to constrictions which, in the worst case, can lead to intestinal obstruction. It is also possible that intestinal rupture may occur, in which the intestinal contents enter the abdominal cavity and can trigger life-threatening infections. In such emergencies, you must seek immediate hospital treatment.

Complications are also conceivable with ulcerative colitis. Not only can intestinal perforation occur, but also a toxic megacolon. This in turn can lead to a life-threatening intestinal obstruction. Strong attacks can also lead to bleeding in the intestine, which can lead to severe blood loss. In this case, blood transfusions and surgery may be necessary.

How's the health of your intestinal flora?

You can prevent many stomach problems with a healthy intestinal flora . The intestinal flora is made up of billions of microorganisms - up to two kilograms of microbes live in your intestine. It is important that the "good" intestinal bacteria predominate.
But how do you know about your intestinal flora?
With BIOMES you have access to an exact intestinal analysis. With from BIOMES you can find out which bacteria currently make up your intestinal flora. The accuracy of this test is unique among European suppliers. Only some of the advantages of an intestinal analysis in a nutshell:

Because only as soon as you know exactly how your bowels are doing you can take appropriate action. Bring your intestinal flora into balance and increase your well-being in the whole body.