Category: Digestive Disorders

Curbing GERD 0

Curbing GERD

Ever felt that burning sensation creeping up in your chest? More than 60 million Americans experience gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) at least once a month. But indigestion doesn’t have to have the last word....

The Pros of Probiotics 0

The Pros of Probiotics

THE HUMAN BODY contains an estimated 100 trillion bacterial cells from at least 500 species, not including viruses and fungi. These bacteria are known as “friendly” bacteria, or probiotics, and are vital for many...

Take Digestive Enzymes 0

Take Digestive Enzymes

Not only does the kind of food that you eat have an influence in keeping your weight stables, but so does your ability to properly digest your food. Digestive enzymes that are created in...

A quick tour of the digestive system 0

A quick tour of the digestive system

To help you understand how your digestive system works, let’s take a quick tour. Like a winding tube, the digestive system carries food through your body, sending nutrients to the bloodstream and waste products...

Autoimmune Disorder 0

Autoimmune Disorder

Constant overstimulation of the immune system can also lead to an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system can mistake the tissues of the body for an invader. The white blood cells and T...

Our Internal Ecosystem 0

Our Internal Ecosystem

Our bodies are constructed from the products of our digestion – we literally are what we eat. With that in mind, think of the digestive tract as an entire ecosystem, a self-contained environment supporting...

Anatomy of the Mouth 0

Anatomy of the Mouth

Why is it so important to chew our food well? Chewing well mixes our food with saliva to begin digestion and makes it easier to swallow. Chemicals in our saliva (enzymes) start breaking down...

The Liver 0

The Liver

The liver is the Grand Central Station of our metabolism, handling an enormous amount of molecular traffic. The liver is the site of a huge variety of processing, whose vital roles include: Breaking down...

Nutritional Therapy 0

Nutritional Therapy

Deficiencies of vitamins and minerals are as individual as any other aspect of health and can be a major cause of illness. You may know, for example, that vitamin C deficiency can cause scurvy,...

Diverticular disease – the basics 0

Diverticular disease – the basics

Understanding the problem Diverticular disease is a common condition that affects many people. It is believed to be caused by increased pressure in the colon. The colon weakens with age, and, in some people,...

Fighting Malaria 0

Fighting Malaria

Malaria is a parasitic disease caused by Plasmodium and results in more than 750,000 deaths annually, but what if there was a more effective approach to curing it? Malaria is transported from one person...

Treating Crohn’s Disease 0

Treating Crohn’s Disease

Patients who have surgery for inflammatory bowel disorders such as Crohn’s disease recover quicker and have shorter hospital stays if they have laparoscopic surgery rather than traditional surgery. Doctors have been using laparoscopic surgery,...

Nausea Wristband 0

Nausea Wristband

Many people get an upset stomach now and then. For some people, nausea is a constant torment. A new device helps soothe even the worst upset stomach. Janice, Nausea Sufferer: “The nausea in the...

Drug Helps Kids with Gastroenteritis 0

Drug Helps Kids with Gastroenteritis

Given intravenously, the drug ondansetron decreases vomiting in children with gastroenteritis, according to the research. Gastroenteritis affects about 30 million children in the United States every year. It’s an acute infection in the stomach...

Treating Cholera 0

Treating Cholera

A commonly used antibiotic may be part of the answer to preventing 5,000 deaths annually from cholera. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports cholera is a major public-health problem around the world. Children are...

Eating Disorders: A Campus Concern 0

Eating Disorders: A Campus Concern

Although eating disorders are not limited to any particular age group of women, they are certainly more prevalent among college-aged women. Women who suffer from eating disorders have an intense fear of gaining weight...

Digestive Disorders 1

Digestive Disorders

The National Institutes of health reports that 60 million to 70 million people in the u.s. are affected by digestive disorders each year, resulting in $141.8 billion in medical costs. Up to 25 percent...

Prebiotics 0

Prebiotics

These have been defined as “non-digestible food ingredients that beneficially affect the host by selectively stimulating the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of bacteria in the colon that can improve...

Leaky Gut Syndrome 0

Leaky Gut Syndrome

A common but poorly recognized problem, leaky gut syndrome occurs when paces develop between the cells of the gut (the intestines), allowing bacteria, toxins, medications, and partially digested particles of food to leak into...

Irritable Bowel Syndrome 0

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a “functional” disorder of the lower intestinal tract. This means that although no structural abnormalities can be found, the body’s function in terms of the movement of the...

Why is the Gut so Important? 0

Why is the Gut so Important?

The gastrointestinal tract is technically outside the body. Similar to the way the skin protects the body from the external environment, so too does the lining of the intestinal tract, providing a barrier to...

CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS Leaky Gut 0

CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS Leaky Gut

Leaky gut is the root cause of many chronic health conditions—including food allergies and autoimmune disease—as it allows unwanted organisms and larger antigenic moieties into the bloodstream. This causes the immune system to “react”...

Chew Your Food 0

Chew Your Food

The purpose of chewing is to masticate (liquefy) food, the first step in breaking foodstuffs down to the molecular level. Most people put food in their mouths, chew a few times and swallow. But...

Breath Test for Digestive Problems 0

Breath Test for Digestive Problems

Researchers from the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City are urging physicians to add fructose breath testing to their diagnostic strategy for patients with unexplained abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea, and intestinal rumbling...