Digestive Health

Your Digestive Health Guide

Healthy digestion involves mixing food with digestive juices, moving it through the digestive tract, and breaking down large molecules of food into smaller molecules. Digestion begins in the mouth, when you chew and swallow, and is completed in the small intestine. Common digestive system disorders include ulcerative colitis, gastritis, constipation, diarrhoea, hiatus hernia, worms, Crohn’s disease, diverticulosis and diverticulitis, haemorrhoids and colon polyps. Learn more about digestive health here and find treatment options for common disorders that include probiotics, dietary changes and medical tests and procedures.

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Dr. Estelle Wilken is a Senior Specialist in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Tygerberg Hospital. She obtained her MBChB in 1976, her MMed (Int) in 1991 and her gastroenterology registration in 1995.

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