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Got GI Problems? What Shore Nutrition Associates Can Do For You!

By Paige Preston


What are “GI” Problems?

Signs and Symptoms

How Can a Dietitian Help?

What Can Shore Nutrition Associates Do for You?



Digestive upset affects many people on a regular basis. Whether it is heartburn, bloating, excessive gas, or abdominal pain, gastrointestinal discomfort is common occurrence, and it becomes more common as we age. However, as common as these issues can be, many of us experience gastrointestinal problems far too frequently and it often disrupts our quality of life. With an aging population, the prevalence of digestive diseases and issues are only expected to increase.


What are “GI” Problems?

“GI” or Gastrointestinal problems a term used to cover a wide variety of issues involving the gastrointestinal system. The gastrointestinal system includes the mouth, pharynx (throat), esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum and anus.

Gastrointestinal Problems: Signs and Symptoms

A recent study found the most common reported symptoms of gastrointestinal upset are often heartburn/reflux, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. However, gastrointestinal problems can also include nausea and vomiting, dysphagia or trouble swallowing, and bowel incontinence. Although the symptoms of gastrointestinal problems can range of mild to severe, often times symptoms go unreported and without treatment or management.


What Causes Gastrointestinal Discomfort?

Due to the vast number of gastrointestinal issues that exist, there are many reasons why people experience GI problems. Some common causes of GI discomfort include: consuming a high fat or acidic diet, eating too quickly, consuming a large quantities of dairy products, stress, medications, or weakening of important sphincters located throughout the GI tract.


How Can a Dietitian Help?

A recent study found that working with a Registered Dietitian can be extremely helpful in relieving GI discomfort. Registered Dietitians will provide you with evidence-based research to help relieve your symptoms, provide meal ideas for you and your family, ensure that you are meeting all of your energy and nutrient needs and can help manage any other existing conditions. In addition, dietitians can provide medical nutrition therapy in order to alleviate symptoms that are associated with:

• IBS

• Ulcerative Colitis

• Crohn’s Disease

• Celiac Disease

• GERD


What Nutrition Shore Associates Can Do For You?


So what does this mean for you? If you are suffering from any type of gastrointestinal condition, the experts at Shore Nutrition Associates can help guide you to a more stable and enjoyable lifestyle. Together, we can help diagnosis the cause of your discomfort and create individualized meal plans that not only provide the nourishment you need to do the things you love, but we can help you do the things you love without the discomfort, bloating or abdominal pains!


Please contact us at (732)-539-3584 or get in touch with us via email at shorenutritionassociates@gmail.com and we can help start the healing process!



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REFERENCES:


1. Almario, C. V., Ballal, M. L., Chey, W. D., Nordstrom, C., Khanna, D., & Spiegel, B. (2018). Burden of Gastrointestinal Symptoms in the United States: Results of a Nationally Representative Survey of Over 71,000 Americans. The American journal of gastroenterology, 113(11), 1701–1710. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41395-018-0256-8


2. Lenhart, A., Ferch, C., Shaw, M., & Chey, W. D. (2018). Use of Dietary Management in Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Results of a Survey of Over 1500 United States Gastroenterologists. Journal of neurogastroenterology and motility, 24(3), 437–451. https://doi.org/10.5056/jnm17116