Mexico.- The Christmas and New Year menu is a delight for palates, all with their respective overheated, however, with the excess in consumption of seasoned foods, fats, alcohol, sweets, and a high dose of stress by the pressure of preparations, the traffic and social engagements, the celebrations can be overshadowed by the presence of annoying and painful gastrointestinal conditions.
According to Dr. José Roberto Garrido, Medical Manager of Mayoly Spindler Mexico, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (SII) better known as irritable colon, is the most frequently diagnosed gastrointestinal disorder and the second leading cause of job absenteeism after the common cold. Between 10 and 20% of the population experience sits, but only 15% of those affected see a doctor. Daily stress plays a key role in exacerbating its manifestations: abdominal pain, swelling and alterations of bowel habit, which manifests with constipation or diarrhea.
Similarly, in some cases, as there is a change in diet on the days of celebration, the body may react through constipation, i.e. difficult or infrequent bowel movements, hard stools or the feeling that the rectum is not completely empty after an evacuation. Constipation can be acute or chronic. Acute constipation starts suddenly and manifestly, the chronic can begin gradually and persist for months or years.
On the other hand, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD) has been identified as a common condition among Mexicans, in which stomach contents are returned to the esophagus. May irritate the swallowing tube, cause heartburn and other symptoms. Strong gastric acids can also damage the lining of the esophagus.
Despite these, and other potential complications, it is possible to enjoy the Christmas holidays following some recommendations. In principle, moderate in food and alcohol intake is invited, consult the gastroenterologist to assess the general health. Sometimes probiotic consumption is suggested, but those that are scientifically endorsed. In this regard, Dr. José Roberto Garrido, states that: «A probiotic must have strain number and scientific name and therapeutic identifications. Specifically they are those who have been freeze-dried, this means that they are inactive and exert their action when they reach the intestine, which guarantees that they will pass the gastrointestinal barrier and begin to act appropriately.» The specialist ends by ensuring that it is important to avoid frequent laxative use, self-medication, but more than anything, attack and know the direct cause of the symptom, which can only be done through the doctor.