Your Best Gut Health Doctor – Dr. Prithvi Priyadarshini Shivalingaiah

Well-versed in advanced endoscopic procedures, Dr Prithvi is a proficient gastroenterologist treating thousands of individuals with complex disease cases in gut health. She is the first female gastroenterologist earning a DM gastroenterology degree from the state of Karnataka, South India and not just that, she is one of very few female gastroenterologist with multiple accolades won worldwide. Currently, she works as a Gastroenterologist at Dr Prithvi Priyadarshini. Her career history is inspiring and stellar as she has been the Head of the Department in Gastroenterology department at NMC Royal Hospital (Al Zahra), Sharjah.

If you have issues related to irritable bowel syndrome, stomach ulcers, bleed, IBS, IBD, Obesity, fatty liver, gall bladder and pancreatic disorders, or foreign bodies removal in children and adults, Dr. Prithvi is your treatment specialist to ensure good health and speedy recovery. She is known for dealing with acute emergencies, such as life-threatening bleed and even complications of GI cancer (untreatable by surgery). Here are some health insights from Dr Prithvi …

Root causes of gut problems in women:

Women must understand how gut health and hormones are related. Estrogen and Progesterone affect the digestion of food and affect gut health. Balanced hormones ensure the way food moves inside gut and ensure nutrition. Women who have hormonal imbalance are ten times more likely to have problems such as irritable bowels syndrome, which leads to stomach pangs, gas, constipation and bloating. Majority of women suffering from such symptoms do not know that their hormones are the real guilty place. That being said, we cannot ignore the way pregnancy and childbirth affect gut health. Problems such as lower abdomen pain, constipation, lack of bowel control, prolapse, or issues related to defecation happen during and after pregnancy. Their digestive system slags down and they often experience bloating or constipation due to changing hormones and muscle contractions during pregnancy. Similarity gallstones are more prevalent among women than men for similar reasons. Therefore, it is important for women to be more conscious of the gut health. Seeking consultation should never be ignored to prevent chronic gut health problems.

How to prevent digestive issues:

First thing is the diet. Balanced nutritious meals, organic foods and adequate eating. Secondly, avoid foods that cause more gas than others, which can then either cause symptoms or worsen any preexisting GI conditions, such as IBS. Thirdly, prefer a high fiber diet with loads of water intake. Fourth, maintain healthy weight and an exercise routine for your body will need both to sustain healthy gut. Avoid and tone down psychological issues such as anxiety, stress, worry and depression – they destroy your health. Sleep well, and disconnect every now and then – relief is healthy.

For persisting extreme gut issues, go for screening every now and then. It plays a very important role in the detection and prevention of colon cancer. Consult your doctor, do not ignore symptoms just because you think it is “nothing in specific”.

Common misunderstanding and myths about gut health in women

Dr Prithvi PriyadarshiniUsually women ignore bleeding while defecating – If you bleed, you must understand that bleeding while defecating or blood in stools is not always hemorrhoids. You have to examined to identify the cause. It can also be due to ulcers in the colon, something you have not thought of yet.

Conventionally in some cultures, women drink less water after delivering a child. It is bad for gut health as it exaggerates constipation and fissure problems.

Taking probiotics regularly does not ensure 100% health: Not advisable for regular. There are naturally occurring probiotics that are encouraged, however, probiotics in addition to prebiotics are advised only in certain conditions. Medical consultation is recommended.

Eating less will decrease the size of stomach is another idea: Stomach expands to accommodate more food but it does not shrink in size if you do not eat, it remains a regular size. The complications of having long gaps between meals would be acid reflux, gastritis and peptic ulcers.

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