The number of women suffering from constipation, diarrhea, increased gas, bloating after eating, fatigue and the many other symptoms of gastrointestinal distress is amazingly large.

Research now indicates that gastrointestinal distress is more than twice as common in women as in men, that women have a greater incidence of complicating factors (like fibromyalgia, migraine and heartburn), and that for some women digestive health problems follow their menstrual cycle.

This kind of distress is considered a “functional condition” (meaning not a disease) by the conventional medical community, and as a result it is often not taken seriously. But from a holistic perspective, we know these GI symptoms indicate serious functional problems that can lead to disease.

Digestive problems often cause poor absorption of the nutrients our bodies need to maintain good health. The resulting nutritional deficiencies contribute to an increased risk of chronic disease. Resolving GI problems does not just improve your immediate quality of life by eliminating unpleasant symptoms — it also promotes long-term health.

Fortunately, there are many steps every woman can take to support healthy GI function and resolve digestive health problems. This section of our website is dedicated to helping women find relief from their gastrointestinal distress. The following links provide information about the digestive system, the symptoms and causes of common digestive conditions, and natural treatments for digestive problems.

Our most popular resources on digestion and GI health

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Systemic yeast (Candida)
Candidiasis causes a host of unpleasant symptoms, is often misdiagnosed, and can lead to a systemic yeast infection — i.e., one that pervades the entire body. Many women suffer for years without relief, but most Candida yeast infections can be eliminated with natural methods. Here are our guidelines for treating systemic yeast, including instructions for a yeast–free diet.

Leaky gut syndrome — how healing your digestive tract promotes total wellness
Women's Health Network explains leaky gut syndrome and its relationship to women’s symptoms.