Women + Men: Stomach Issues
This may come as a surprise… But men and women are different. Sure, there are the obvious reasons you can point to. But there are others that are hidden.
They're so hidden that most of us probably gloss right over them. But they can have a huge impact on a woman's health and her everyday life.
For example, I found these 2 differences just the other day. And I want to share them with you.
So, want to know where they exist?
In the gut… the gastrointestinal tracts to be exact.
Crazy, right? I would never think about this being different from man to woman… but check this out…
There are both physical and hormonal reasons for a woman's digestive tract to be way different from a man’s.
First up is physical makeup. Yup. But when you think about it… it makes perfect sense. A woman’s uterus and ovaries act as an “obstacle” that the colon has to navigate around. So some doctors think this makes their GI tract more “complicated” than a man’s. And thus, more prone to tummy issues.
Second is hormones. Okay, okay… now no, this is not a man ranting about hormonal women. I learned long ago to “not go there” thanks to my wife. Which by the way she is totally right about… about everything really. (I was told to add that last part in.) One consequence of these hormonal differences may make women more sensitive to things that irritate their esophagus, small intestine, & large intestine. Which means women may experience heartburn more than guys.
But there are things you can do to improve your gut health. And this advice goes for both guys and gals. Here’s a list of things you can do to help your tummy out:
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat foods high in fiber
- Maintain a healthy weight
- And of course, exercise
I know… it seems too simple to be true. But they work. And they’re super easy to get started on. These simple “tools” can have a huge impact on your gut health. Helping your gut to feel better & more “regular” every day.
One more thing… and this goes for all of us… when you reach 50 go get your colonoscopy. Even if you’re “regular.” That doesn’t matter. Because some tests only look at one side of the colon. So things on the other side can be missed. A colonoscopy gets the “whole picture” of your colon. If you’re going to get the test done… you might as well get the right one done.
Well, I hope this information helps you and your tummy. If you feel like you’re already on this track, but are still having some issues you may want to talk to your doctor or a food allergy specialist.