Browse Category: Digestive
Have you ever had just one too many helpings at the dinner table and regretted it later? It’s certainly understandable - sometimes mom’s cooking is just too good to pass up! Perhaps you’ve been out to eat and the dessert menu is just calling out to you “pick me, pick me” and even though you’re stuffed to the brim you order a piece of cheesecake. It may have sounded like a good idea at the time, but in an hour’s time you may have been cursing your decision when you feel full and bloated, and maybe even a bit nauseous.
Ulcerative colitis and similar inflammatory bowel diseases have caused pain and discomfort to millions of people. Because the cause of ulcerative colitis is yet unknown, finding an effective method of treatment has always been difficult. With all the publicity that probiotics have been receiving in recent years, many are trying probiotics as a more natural treatment method.
Do you remember the last time you had the stomach flu? If the exact time or date isn’t precise in your mind, the feeling you had in the pit of your stomach is most likely clear as a bell. You may have had that same feeling if you’ve ever been on a small boat in a large sea, or even an enormous boat in an ocean. I recently got back from a cruise along the Mexican Riviera and had a queasy feeling one night due to some choppy seas. It wasn’t exactly the most fun part of my vacation!
You may have experienced some form of heartburn from time to time – maybe from a trip to your favorite Mexican restaurant or simply by over-indulging in greasy chips or French fries. But has heartburn become a major part of your life – to the point of excruciating pain and burning in your throat and esophagus on a daily basis? Do you experience such pain even if you avoid those “trigger” foods or beverages that usually cause it?
If you suffer from acid reflux (and it’s likely that you are one of the millions of Americans who do), you may be making a big mistake in trying to treat it! If you take drugs like Prilosec or Prevacid to ease your acid reflux, you may actually be harming your digestive health. Keep reading to find out the real reason for your acid reflux, as well as safe and effective ways to address it.
Stomach problems affect the majority of our population, as diarrhea and nausea
are as prevalent as the common cold or flu. But is there a natural way to spell relief, or do you have to rely on harsh OTC medications and an excruciating waiting game?
Many patients suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), better known as acid reflux
, try many different treatments and medications before finding one that even comes close to addressing symptoms. And some folks who suffer never truly find relief . . . ever. What they may not realize, however, is that by completely eliminating one simple thing from their diets, they may be able to treat reflux permanently.
In the medical world, Candida seems to be the Rodney Dangerfield of infections, it gets no respect. If you go to an MD, he's more likely to tell you that it's all in your head and prescribe antidepressents, than take you seriously. If he doesn't outright dismiss you, he may also add that only patients with severly depressed immune systems can get candida. Is this a justified response?
Digestive problems are among the most common health issues we collectively experience. If you have never suffered from some sort of digestive disorder, you’re extremely lucky . . . but you also likely know someone that has! Whether it’s an occasional bout of diarrhea, or something more chronic such as Crohn’s disease, we’ve got the lowdown on tummy troubles.
Here’s a look at the top 10 digestive issues we see in our society today.
April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Month (or IBS for short) and the perfect time to help spread the word about a condition that, though common, continues to go undiagnosed in a large number of people. In fact, it’s estimated that anywhere from nine to 23 percent of people have IBS worldwide, but go undiagnosed because they’re unaware of the symptoms and often mistake them for other, less serious problems.
In response to an influx in bowel and gastrointestinal disease, some doctors are suggesting organ transplants. Sound drastic? Well I should specify that this “transplant” is actually an enema and the “organ” is actually human feces. This process of Fecal Transplantation, however off-putting, could be the excremental solution to a detrimental problem.
Vitamin D. Or, the “sunshine” vitamin as it’s sometimes called. If you don’t know just how important it is for your health, well, you really should. Vitamin D is essential for nearly every single working part
of your body – from your heart, to your other organs
(including your skin). And now it looks like it might have something to do with your digestion as well!
If you're one of the more than 60 million Americans with gastro-esophageal reflux disease, or GERD
, you're probably very familiar with the pain and discomfort of heartburn, dyspepsia (stomach discomfort), and regurgitation that is so typical of the condition. Although the symptoms are rarely considered serious, they cause enough distress that many people constantly reach for OTC antacids or prescription medications for relief. It's the prevalent use of the latter that has caught the attention of Public Citizen
, a consumer advocacy watchdog group.
Pick up any tabloid at the supermarket and you’re likely to see a bold headline promising to reveal the beauty and health secrets of the stars. If you’re like many curious people, you may have even thumbed through to get the scoop, right? And what you found may have surprised you. Among the trendiest “secrets” of Hollywood celebrities such as Kim Bassinger and Janet Jackson is the practice of colon cleansing
. If you believe the stories, maintaining a squeaky clean colon is how they keep their radiant complexions, stellar good health, and control their weight.
However, the latest research says not so fast.
Summer vacations and traveling adventures can do wonders for your heart, mind and spirit, but they can also take a toll on your physical health if you’re not careful. Many travelers understand first-hand the unfortunate risks to digestive health that often “come with the territory,” so to speak.
Summer vacations and traveling adventures can do wonders for your heart, mind and spirit, but they can also take a toll on your physical health if you’re not careful.
Did you know that May is "National Celiac Awareness Month"? It's certainly an important condition to address, and perhaps even more so as we head into summer with all sorts of picnics and BBQ outings. Millions of Americans today suffer from digestive problems like Celiac disease
, as well as acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, and constipation. In fact I recently read a statistic that nine out of 10 individuals suffer from some sort of digestive malady. Chances are you’re one of them! Luckily there are many natural ways to reduce or eliminate digestive problems, even as simple as modifying your food intake to include certain foods and avoid others.
Does this sound familiar?
You have abdominal pain with gas and bloating, but your doctor can't find a reason for it. You're so tired you struggle to get up in the morning and when you finally make it out of bed, your joints hurt most of the day. You find yourself walking around in a mental fog, confused and depressed. If you’re consistently experiencing these symptoms and more, you could be suffering with an overgrowth of Candida albicans.
If you find you’re experiencing more heartburn, gas, constipation, and bloating than ever, or if you’re just feeling plain run down, you may be suffering from an enzyme deficiency. Specifically, a digestive enzyme deficiency.
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To understand how to achieve good metabolic health, it is important to understand the hormones that influence your metabolism, which include insulin, ghrelin and leptin. All three of these vital hormones work synergistically to create either a balanced or chaotic metabolism.