January 2016 Issue

Tackle Digestive Concerns and Upsets

Although digestive problems—indigestion, heartburn, constipation, and diarrhea—may occur as you get older, certain dietary strategies can help.

Heartburn, constipation, and other digestive tract issues can strike at any age, but some of these problems may become more common in middle age and beyond. Changes in the digestive tract over time, such as increased inflammation and gut permeability (leakiness), along with other factors, such as difficulty chewing or increased use of medications, can impair digestion and elimination as we get older. Here’s a closer look at common digestive tract problems that can occur, along with causes and solutions.

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