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AYURVEDIC HEALTH REMEDIES

SLOW, HEAVY DIGESTION (Gastroparesis)

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AYURVEDA PERSPECTIVE ON SLOW, HEAVY DIGESTION

Do You Have the Sluggish Digestion Blues?

Friends don't let friends eat Twinkies(tm). My neighbor's kids, astounded by my 15 year Twinkie fast, somehow convinced me to eat one. Against my better Ayurvedic judgment, I indulged in this former childhood pleasure. It was 'another learning experience.' Two days later I could still feel the Twinkie in my gut. It was like a brick in the pit of my stomach. I knew I was the victim of slow, heavy digestion.

Slow, heavy digestion is when you feel like a bomb is lodged in your stomach. The bomb of undigested food plugs up your digestive tract, making you feel bloated and slightly nauseated. The thought of more food makes you queasy, even if you are hungry. The longer the foods sits there, the more it churns and the more sour you feel.

A sluggish gut can make you so tired that even getting up off the couch seems difficult. Externally, your belly may appear big and puffy. You may feel, in these circumstances, that you are overweight. However, the real problem is you've got a food baby to digest. A laxative will deflate the balloon in your belly, and you will feel 10 pounds lighter.

What Causes Slow, Heavy Digestion?

A major cause of slow, heavy digestion is heavy or gooey foods like oatmeal, soggy french toast, bread, and cheese. These foods bog down your gut in mucus. Poor food choices, like Twinkies, or foods laden with preservatives are another common cause of slow, heavy digestion.

A client of mine once ate a Big Mac(TM), and burped up the taste of it three days later! Her health spiraled downhill after that Big Mac, and a few years later it took us a month to help her back on track. Although we were able to revive her digestive system she is still recovering from hypothyroid. That is a big price to pay for what must have seemed like a cheap meal.

Chronic slow heavy digestion, in the absence of a Big Mac or Twinkies, usually points to blood deficiency, low metabolism or poor circulation. For example, anemia causes poor enzyme production (a vata condition). Hypothyroid makes digestive muscles very sluggish (a Kapha condition). These conditions are all cold disorders in Ayurveda.

What Relieves Slow, Heavy Digestion?

Ayurveda has an antidote to gooey foods and slow, heavy digestion. Next time your stomach feels lethargic, try aromatic spices. Aromatic spices accelerate gastric emptying, propelling food out of the stomach and into the small intestine and beyond. Aromatic spices include common kitchen spices like mint and cinnamon. Cardamom, fennel, and hing are also superb aromatics. In fact, any spices with a strong smell can be a great aromatic.

If your digestion is cold you can warm it up and reduce food stagnation through pungent spices like ginger and black pepper. Warm foods that are easy to digest like soups and kitchari are also helpful. Avoid cold, heavy foods like ice cream and cold milk.

Digestive Bitters are rich in aromatics and may be helpful for those with sluggish digestion. The opus of Ayurveda includes many other striking tips to improve your digestion if you have that slow and heavy food bomb feeling.

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DISCLAIMER: The pathogenesis of each person's condition is unique, and so the diet must be fit to the individual and the unique root causes of the condition in your body. The information on this page is for educational purposes only and should not be used to treat a medical condition. It is not a substitute for medical care. Please check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.

Balance Your Body with Diet, Herbs, & Lifestyles Having These Biocharacteristics

Everything you eat has an effect on your body, which Ayurveda categorizes in a simple and easy way, using biocharacteristics (gunas). Biocharacteristics are qualities (like cold and hot) that describe the effect a food or herb has on your body. Cooling foods like cucumber, decrease metabolism. Heating foods like chili pepper, stimulate your body and increase metabolism. For 'Slow, heavy digestion', you should select foods with the following biocharacteristics. Individual results will vary, based on your body type and the root cause of your imbalance.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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Carminative

CARMINATIVE

Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.

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Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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Spleen Tonic

SPLEEN-TONIC

An herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.

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Stomachic

STOMACHIC

An herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult digestion.

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General Laxative

GENERAL-LAXATIVE

Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Prana

PRANA

Prana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy (Qi in Chinese Medicine, pneuma in Greek). Many herbs stimulate your energy, or improve the flow of prana through your body. Generally, prana needs to be increased in spring after a sleepy winter.

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Mucolytic

MUCOLYTIC

An herb that breaks apart mucus, liquefying the mucus.

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Cardiac Stimulant

CARDIAC-STIMULANT

Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.

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Blood Tonic

BLOOD-TONIC

An herb that produces more blood cells in the body, or otherwise improves blood cell quality or hemoglobin content. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.

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Vasodilator

VASODILATOR

A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.

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Aromatic

AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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HOW TO ADDRESS ISSUES IN STAGE OF DISEASE #1

SLOW, HEAVY DIGESTION IS IN STAGE OF DISEASE #1 - AFFECTING DIGESTION

If you have symptoms in this category, your body is sending you a warning sign. Since digestion is so metabolically intensive and sensitive to stress and emotions, the earliest warning signs of imbalance usually appear in the digestive tract first. You may have gas and bloating, for example, or acid reflux. Ayurveda recommends paying careful, close attention to warning signs. They indicate that an imbalance is starting to accumulate. Correct these warning signs before they accumulate further and weaken your body's resistance. This is usually accomplished by removing diet and lifestyle habits that aggravate your imbalanced doshas and biocharacteristics.

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AVOID DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS THAT AGGRAVATE THESE EFFECTS

According to Ayurveda, one or more of the following doshas and biocharacteristics may aggravate 'Slow, heavy digestion'. If you have an excess of one of these doshas or biocharacteristics below, Ayurveda recommends reducing foods and lifestyle habits that aggravate them. Click on the biocharacteristic to learn what foods and lifestyle habits should be reduced.

Symptoms Tell A Story

The first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms. Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances. Symptoms show you where your body is weakened. Ultimately, all disease has a root in tissues too weak to defend itself. Ayurveda describes these patterns of weakness using doshas & biocharacteristics. If you notice a biocharacteristic or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms, it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.
BIOCHARACTERISTICFOODS TO AVOIDDO YOU HAVE THIS IMBALANCE?
KAPHA
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COLD

ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.

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HEAVY

ABOUT HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.

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OILY

ABOUT OILY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

In Ayurveda, oily refers to anything moistening. More specifically, oily refers to building substances that increases fat, or are themselves fatty. For example, sugar is Oily.

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GOOEY

ABOUT GOOEY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.

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TOXIC

ABOUT TOXIC BIOCHARACTERISTIC

A substance that causes toxicity in the body, or that harms the body.

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SWEET

ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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SEE A DIET WHICH REMOVES THESE CAUSES

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RELATED SYMPTOMS & HABITS

The following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Slow, heavy digestion'. See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type. Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.

Biocharacteristics of 21,898 People Reporting Slow, heavy digestion

On average the biocharacteristics of people reporting Slow, heavy digestion were less aggravated than 70% of other symptoms. From the 21,898 people who reported Slow, heavy digestion in this research study of 74,671 individuals, average deviation in biocharacteristic levels were the following:

BIOCHARACTERISTIC

AVG CLIENT LEVEL %

%CASES (#)

#IMBALANCE

Oily Sign
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95.7%
22.3% (4,880)
9,587 have Oily constitution
Heavy Sign
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95.5%
24.5% (5,357)
9,738 have Heavy constitution
Kapha Sign
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93.7%
28.6% (6,270)
12,745 have Kapha constitution
Cold Sign
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83.6%
18.5% (4,052)
8,107 have Cold constitution
Sweet Aggravates
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81.6%
22.0% (4,810)
9,650 have Sweet constitution
Salty
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77.3%
18.5% (4,044)
7,179 have Salty constitution
Astringent
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63.7%
15.8% (3,470)
8,068 have Astringent constitution
Gooey Aggravates
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60.3%
15.8% (3,461)
7,069 have Gooey constitution
Difficult
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42.1%
19.7% (4,323)
8,532 have Difficult constitution
Toxic Aggravates
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30.2%
17.2% (3,770)
7,099 have Toxic constitution
Dry
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26.8%
12.7% (2,791)
9,009 have Dry constitution
Bitter
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22.7%
12.2% (2,673)
8,626 have Bitter constitution
Sour
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19.5%
13.0% (2,853)
7,528 have Sour constitution
Light
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18.4%
11.6% (2,530)
9,391 have Light constitution
Vata
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17.1%
18.4% (4,023)
11,554 have Vata constitution
Pungent
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12.9%
10.8% (2,362)
6,802 have Pungent constitution
Hot
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12.7%
11.2% (2,446)
7,949 have Hot constitution
Pitta
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8.2%
15.9% (3,476)
10,540 have Pitta constitution

Risk Factors of Slow, heavy digestion

Below you will see general risk factors as well as the greatest risk factors, i.e. those who were also more likely to report Slow, heavy digestion. Overall, 22.89% of people surveyed in this research study reported Slow, heavy digestion.

SYMPTOM (Cases)

Cases With Both

% Reporting This

Increase from 22.89%

Review These Common Risk Factors

Feel underweight (2358)
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706
29.9%
30% more often
Feel overweight (25362)
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11485
45.3%
100% more often
Hyperactive, quick (19615)
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5035
25.7%
10% more often
Fatigue / tired (16721)
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7822
46.8%
100% more often
Male (1336)
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434
32.5%
40% more often
Female (26227)
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10739
40.9%
80% more often
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Impacted Fecal Matter (1293)
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875
67.7%
200% more often
Use laxatives frequently (2294)
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1549
67.5%
190% more often
Intestinal Obstruction (352)
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236
67%
190% more often
Palpable Mass in Abdomen (267)
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172
64.4%
180% more often
Difficulty eliminating (7017)
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4401
62.7%
170% more often
Solid foods aggravate abdominal pain (1417)
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873
61.6%
170% more often
Intestine lumpy / like a rope (1615)
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974
60.3%
160% more often
Even liquid foods aggravate abdominal pain (1126)
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669
59.4%
160% more often
Constipation (11486)
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6801
59.2%
160% more often
Less than 1 elimination a day (9417)
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5497
58.4%
160% more often
Pancreatic Insufficiency (545)
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317
58.2%
150% more often
Lumps on Surface of Belly (713)
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412
57.8%
150% more often
Low metabolism (11201)
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6477
57.8%
150% more often
Blood thick / Congested lymph (1069)
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614
57.4%
150% more often
Prolapsed colon (272)
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156
57.4%
150% more often
Pancreatitis (498)
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285
57.2%
150% more often
Pain with sense of fullness (4736)
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2701
57%
150% more often
Straining to eliminate (8787)
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5000
56.9%
150% more often
Joint pain after eating (712)
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404
56.7%
150% more often
Eat when abdomen painful (2767)
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1566
56.6%
150% more often
Laxatives to lose weight (2812)
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1585
56.4%
150% more often
Edema (2527)
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1416
56%
140% more often
Abdominal pain continuous (1145)
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639
55.8%
140% more often
Gallbladder Inflammation (1070)
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595
55.6%
140% more often
Puffy / swollen skin (3944)
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2192
55.6%
140% more often
Fullness below belly button (8299)
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4609
55.5%
140% more often
Guarding area of pain (886)
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488
55.1%
140% more often
Pus in stool (292)
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160
54.8%
140% more often
Muscles heavy / tired (6435)
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3519
54.7%
140% more often
Diuretics to lose weight (2085)
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1137
54.5%
140% more often
Trauma-induced overeating (1603)
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873
54.5%
140% more often
Liver Sore (883)
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480
54.4%
140% more often
Abdominal pain worse after eating (3850)
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2082
54.1%
140% more often
Gray Stool (528)
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285
54%
140% more often
Enlarged Spleen (328)
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177
54%
140% more often
Malabsorption (4275)
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2305
53.9%
140% more often
Restricting Water Intake (650)
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350
53.8%
140% more often
Water Retention (10907)
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5799
53.2%
130% more often
Uncontrollable compulsion to eat (4198)
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2223
53%
130% more often
Defensive (225)
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119
52.9%
130% more often
Leaky Gut Syndrome (4834)
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2551
52.8%
130% more often
Sticky saliva (2391)
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1258
52.6%
130% more often
Neuralgia (784)
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412
52.6%
130% more often
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) (4107)
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2160
52.6%
130% more often
Weakness / Debility (3964)
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2084
52.6%
130% more often
Insulin Resistance (2202)
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1157
52.5%
130% more often
Vomiting (1149)
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601
52.3%
130% more often
Poor discernment of temperature (1393)
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728
52.3%
130% more often
Fatty Liver (2700)
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1409
52.2%
130% more often
Pain wakes you up at night (1604)
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836
52.1%
130% more often
Can't stop eating once I start (4901)
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2552
52.1%
130% more often
Avoid social events due to appearance (7275)
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3791
52.1%
130% more often
Low fiber diet (4548)
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2364
52%
130% more often
Groove in length of stool (1322)
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687
52%
130% more often
Nerve Damage (293)
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152
51.9%
130% more often
Intestinal colic / spasm / cramping (5234)
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2709
51.8%
130% more often
Difficulty expectorating (1399)
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723
51.7%
130% more often
Chronic Infection (1413)
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731
51.7%
130% more often
Pain right upper abdomen (3670)
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1898
51.7%
130% more often
Pain left upper abdomen (3172)
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1641
51.7%
130% more often
Tongue frothy on edges (739)
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381
51.6%
130% more often
Oppressed / disempowered (3669)
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1893
51.6%
130% more often
Overeat more than 2x/week (8274)
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4269
51.6%
130% more often
Bulky muscles (2089)
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1076
51.5%
130% more often
Self-loathing (6841)
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3522
51.5%
130% more often
Eating without realizing it (4049)
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2082
51.4%
120% more often
Puffy face (6516)
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3342
51.3%
120% more often
High Blood Sugar (1860)
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954
51.3%
120% more often
Rabbit pellet / Hard lumpy stool (10231)
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5237
51.2%
120% more often
Gallstones / Attack (1914)
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980
51.2%
120% more often
Short Bowel Syndrome (201)
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103
51.2%
120% more often
Inflamed Rectum (723)
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370
51.2%
120% more often
Pain left lower abdomen (4442)
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2268
51.1%
120% more often
Discomfort in abdomen (10315)
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5276
51.1%
120% more often
Indiscriminate eating (3113)
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1592
51.1%
120% more often
Overeat because of spouse / kids (2718)
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1389
51.1%
120% more often
Pain around belly button (2663)
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1358
51%
120% more often
Hide food (3231)
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1648
51%
120% more often
Red meat intolerant (1829)
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931
50.9%
120% more often
Puffy hands (5957)
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3031
50.9%
120% more often
Feel judged for my weight (9359)
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4766
50.9%
120% more often
Foul taste on tongue (3794)
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1928
50.8%
120% more often
Fibromyalgia (3094)
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1571
50.8%
120% more often
Binging more than 1x monthly (5063)
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2572
50.8%
120% more often
Dull ache in abdomen (5023)
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2548
50.7%
120% more often
Thick skin (2260)
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1146
50.7%
120% more often
Fatty deposits/lipoma (2372)
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1203
50.7%
120% more often
Hiding wrappers / packaging (4619)
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2340
50.7%
120% more often
Gray sclera (white part of eye) (231)
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117
50.6%
120% more often
Location of abdominal pain moves (5432)
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2748
50.6%
120% more often
H pylori infection (1025)
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519
50.6%
120% more often
Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) (2279)
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1153
50.6%
120% more often
Panic about size, shape or weight (6563)
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3318
50.6%
120% more often
Feel like a failure after overeating (9279)
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4697
50.6%
120% more often
Diet pills, gums (5926)
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2996
50.6%
120% more often

Complications of Those Reporting Slow, heavy digestion

In this research study, people who report Slow, heavy digestion were likely to report the following:

REPORTS

CASES WITH BOTH

INCREASE

%

NORMALLY

Prolonged bleeding when cut (Poor clotting)
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593
+1.7 times
3%
1.74% (1,259 cases)
Stocky, round, broad or large
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7994
+1.5 times
37%
25.26% (19,065 cases)
Gain weight easily
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13898
+1.4 times
63%
43.99% (35,031 cases)
Wide, Heavy Hips
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7996
+1.4 times
37%
26.4% (20,459 cases)
Slow and steady activity
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8576
+1.4 times
39%
28.24% (21,744 cases)
Conflict makes me depressed, lazy
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7952
+1.3 times
36%
27.54% (21,522 cases)
Sleep deep & long, trouble waking up
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6416
+1.3 times
29%
22.53% (17,371 cases)
Broad, large chest
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7736
+1.3 times
35%
27.74% (20,688 cases)
Short bursts of energy
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11573
+1.3 times
53%
42.15% (34,156 cases)
Slow, monotonous speech
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5112
+1.3 times
23%
18.39% (13,707 cases)
Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps
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5829
+1.3 times
27%
21.59% (13,471 cases)
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Rarely Thirsty
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6988
+1.2 times
32%
25.96% (20,226 cases)
Irregular/small appetite
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6459
+1.2 times
29%
23.81% (20,509 cases)
Abdominal surgery
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646
+1.2 times
3%
2.47% (1,336 cases)
Dry, dark, frizzy hair
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7975
+1.2 times
36%
30.27% (24,799 cases)
Strong hunger
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10316
+1.2 times
47%
39.61% (31,540 cases)
Conflict makes me restless
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13523
+1.2 times
62%
52.33% (43,701 cases)
Caring, calm, patient
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10615
+1.2 times
48%
40.69% (32,300 cases)
Long workday
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7450
+1.2 times
34%
28.99% (22,260 cases)
Calm, greedy, stagnant
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4912
+1.2 times
22%
18.84% (14,004 cases)
Avoids heat
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7288
+1.2 times
33%
28.35% (23,304 cases)
Impacted Fecal Matter
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875
+1.2 times
4%
3.44% (1,293 cases)
Anxiety, fear, uncertainty
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14810
+1.2 times
68%
58.66% (47,291 cases)
Friends are work related, change with job
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7132
+1.2 times
33%
28.54% (22,284 cases)
Intense emotions
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13243
+1.1 times
60%
52.25% (42,048 cases)
Avoids humidity
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9903
+1.1 times
45%
39.48% (30,828 cases)
Restricting Food Intake
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6903
+1.1 times
32%
28.12% (15,613 cases)
Poor, spends frivolously
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7276
+1.1 times
33%
29.13% (21,285 cases)
Mood changes quickly
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9619
+1.1 times
44%
38.86% (31,189 cases)
Exercising as punishment
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1091
+1.1 times
5%
4.43% (2,175 cases)
Use laxatives frequently
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1549
+1.1 times
7%
6.3% (2,294 cases)
Thick Hair
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8688
+1.1 times
40%
36.12% (28,003 cases)
Anger, irritable, ambitious, analytical
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13046
+1.1 times
60%
54.66% (42,924 cases)
Irregular schedule / eating times
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12736
+1.1 times
58%
52.98% (41,193 cases)
Large, smooth lips
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8445
+1.1 times
39%
35.64% (26,721 cases)
Large, calm, loving eyes
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9405
+1.1 times
43%
39.93% (29,647 cases)
Solid foods aggravate abdominal pain
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873
+1.1 times
4%
3.75% (1,417 cases)
Vomiting
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601
+1.1 times
3%
2.82% (1,149 cases)
Gas, irregular digestion
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13522
+1.1 times
62%
58.32% (47,247 cases)
Difficulty eliminating
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4401
+1.1 times
20%
18.88% (7,017 cases)
Artificial sweeteners
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3873
+1.1 times
18%
17.04% (8,589 cases)
Light sleeper
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9179
+1.1 times
42%
39.85% (29,970 cases)

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It gives a false feeling of being full which leads to skipping of meals, and resultant decrease in energy. Then, I end up eating more heavy foods, and the cycle starts all over.
- Sujatha, Monash, VICTORIA , 10-29-15 (Reply)

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