Gastrointestinal problems

Gastrointestinal problems and saunas

How can an infrared sauna from Good Health Saunas help you overcome gastrointestinal problems?
Gastrointestinal problems describe a wide range of conditions that involve your digestive system.

Some of the most common gastroenteric problems include:

  • Gastritis- This is where the lining of a person’s stomach becomes inflamed. When the lining of the stomach is inflamed, less mucus is produced which means the acid that is produced after you eat has direct access to your stomach muscles. This causes a burning pain.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a term used to describe two different but related conditions: Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are both complex chronic conditions. There is evidence to suggest that both of these conditions have a genetic component.
  • Constipation- Constipation happens when it is hard to pass feces even though the urge may be there.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is also commonly called spastic colon. In irritable bowel syndrome, the muscles of the digestive system contract more often than in people who don’t have the condition. It is common for people with IBS to have symptoms like cramping, excess gas and bloating.
  • Hemorrhoids- Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels that line the opening of the anus. They are caused by chronic excess pressure from straining during a bowel movement, persistent diarrhea, or pregnancy.
  • Diverticulitis- Diverticulitis is an inflammation of small pouches that form along the intestinal wall. It is more common in people over 40 years.
  • Acid Reflux Disease- Acid reflux is a backflow of stomach acid back into the esophagus. If you have acid reflux disease, you might taste regurgitated food in your mouth with a sourness. This sour taste is because of the acid in the stomach.

The severity of each of these conditions are vary with each disease but should be treated with all seriousness.
What triggers gastroenteric problems?
A variety of triggers lead to gastrointestinal problems.

  • Low intake of fiber. Fiber encourages peristalsis- the movement of food down the throat and into the esophagus into the stomach. It also helps with digestion and research studies have shown that the good bacteria that live in our digestive systems feed on the fiber and produce chemicals that are helpful to maintaining a healthy digestive system. Having too little of it in your diet leads to food being digested inefficiently and can lead to problems like constipation.
  • Not enough exercise. Exercise is also helpful and allowing the muscles of the digestive system to move food through it.
  • Stress.
  • Traveling or changes in your routine.
  • Overusing laxatives.
  • Taking antacid medication without a need for it.
  • Taking certain medications. Iron tablets, antidepressants and narcotics can slow the movement of the bowel and lead to many gastrointestinal issues.
  • Caffeine can also be a trigger for gastrointestinal problems.
  • Symptoms of gastrointestinal problems vary with the particular disease. But the symptoms below are commonly associated with the presence of a gastrointestinal problem.

    • Blood in your stool
    • Changes in bowel habits
    • Severe abdominal pain
    • Unintentional weight loss
    • Heartburn not relieved by antacids
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting

    How are gastrointestinal problems treated?

    In order to be diagnosed with a gastrointestinal problem, you would need to see a doctor called a gastroenterologist.
    While some gastrointestinal problems are chronic and currently have no known cure, a lot of them can be managed by making simple lifestyle changes.

    Lifestyle changes your doctor may recommend include:

    • Dietary changes. You may realize that particular foods are triggers for your gastrointestinal problem. Your doctor may ask you to stop eating those foods.
    • Caffeine and alcohol may need to be eliminated.
    • More exercise. It has been shown that at least 30 minutes of exercise 3 times weekly is beneficial to your health.
    • Taking care of your mental health. Stress can lead to some gastrointestinal problems. Talking to a mental health professional can be helpful in reducing the incidence of these problems.

    You may also be given medications that are known to lower the amount of acid in your stomach (antacids).

    How infrared sauna therapy can help with gastrointestinal problems

    Infrared sauna therapy heats the body from the inside and improves blood circulation. Increased blood flow can help relieve the inflammation and reduce painful irritation.

    During infrared sauna therapy, the infrared rays from Good Health Saunas penetrate the body and cause a brief but beneficial increase in body temperature. This “induced fever” mimics the the body’s natural mechanism to boost the immune system which will kill the bacteria that may be associated with these gastrointestinal problems. Infrared sauna therapy also helps rid the body of unwelcome toxins.

    Suffering with a gastrointestinal problem is definitely uncomfortable. By all means see your doctor so that they can help you identify and eliminate the root cause of your particular situation.
    We are convinced however that an infrared sauna from Good Health Saunas will help you heal naturally and deal effectively with many of the symptoms that come with having a gastrointestinal problem.