Even though certain digestive difficulties, including diarrhea, constipation, heartburn and lactose intolerance are not dangerous, they can ruin your day. Fixes for these gastrointestinal problems are simple: the change of diet and over-the-counter medications.


The most common cause of diarrhea is so-called intestinal, or stomach flu. However, it can also happen due to various other reasons, including eating foods upsetting the digestive system, alcohol abuse, laxative abuse, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, allergies to certain foods, medications and etc.

You can treat mild diarrhea with over-the-counter medicine including Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate, or Imodium. Pain in the rectal area can be a result of bowel movements. In this case, you can take a warm bath and apply a hemorrhoid cream, or white petroleum jelly. Dehydration can become a serious health issue when having diarrhea. Drink a lot of water. Opt for fruit juice without pulp, soda without caffeine, chicken soup without fat, broth, tea with honey, or sports drinks.


If you do not have bowel movements for three, or more days, it is the most likely you have constipation. On the other hand, medicine containing calcium and aluminum, the change in your diet, not being physically active, eating a lot of dairy products, not drinking enough water, hypothyroidism as well as irritable bowel syndrome are all factors contributing to constipation.

The first thing you can do is to drink two, or more extra glasses of water every day. Choose warm liquids early in the morning. In order to combat bowel movement problems and to maintain gut health in general, consider the specific carbohydrate diet, which includes eating only grain-free, sugar-free, starch-free and unprocessed foods. You can also use Peri-Colace and Milk of Magnesia.


Heartburn, or a burning discomfort in the upper abdomen, or below the breastbone is caused by the irritation of the esophagus. Occasion heartburn is not uncommon, but if it happens more than twice a week, you may have acid reflux disease. Major contributors to heartburn are animal and vegetable fats and oils, tomatoes, citrus fruits, garlic, onions, chocolate, alcohol, coffee, alcohol, certain medications (aspirin, ibuprofen, muscle relaxers and blood pressure medications), stress, lack of sleep and smoking.

Eating smaller meals throughout the day, quitting smoking, not eating 2 hours to 3 hours before going to bed as well as some home remedies might help. If you are diagnosed acid reflux disease, a doctor will give you antacids, or medications which require a prescription.

Lactose intolerance

Around 40 million of Americans are lactose intolerant. Lactose is a sugar found in milk and milk products, which can lead to digestive problems, such as bloating, diarrhea, and gas after consuming milk and milk products. There are four types of lactose deficiency which can result in lactose intolerance, which is why individuals vary when it comes to the amount of lactose they can consume. Most people diagnosed with lactose intolerance can tolerate some amount of milk and dairy products in their diet.

Lactose-free and lactose-reduced milk and milk products can be found in any supermarket. Lactase products are also available. They contain lactase enzyme which digests lactose, but they should not be used by young children, pregnant and breastfeeding women. In order to avoid calcium and vitamin D deficiency, fish, dark vegetables and fortified foods should be consumed.


Finally, stress can take its toll on your digestive system. Avoid it as much as possible and try stress management techniques to soothe your stomach.