Even if your stomach doesn’t hurt and your bowels are regular, you may have a digestive issue. The challenge here is, you don’t necessarily have to look into your digestive system to spot an underlying problem. This is because stomach and digestive ailments can manifest in other ways, so you could be overlooking symptoms that indicate a problem. Below you will find five signs pointing to digestive issues even if your bowels are normal and your stomach feels just fine.
You get sick easily: Do you catch any bug that goes around? Believe it or not, your unhealthy digestive system can make you prone to infections. This is because 70 percent of your immune system is located in your gut. Getting sick easily means that your gut microbes and bacteria aren’t up to par. Fixing up your diet by avoiding sugar and eating probiotic foods can help clean up your gut and boost your immune system. You have itchy, blistery rashes on your elbows and knees: The autoimmune condition celiac disease – which is, basically, gluten intolerance –makes you feel bloated and changes your bowel habits, but it can also appear as a rash on your elbows and knees. Nearly 25 percent of patients will develop this rash, known as dermatitis herpetiformis, and it may be the only indication of celiac disease, unaccompanied by any other digestive symptoms. Avoiding gluten will help the rash subside. Your teeth aren’t as white: Worn-out enamel on your teeth may be a sign of undiagnosed gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). You may also experience a sore throat, coughing, or wheezing.