Digestion Articles

Read articles about Digestion & Indigestion by Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D. on Newport Natural Health.

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The H. Pylori and Ulcer Connection

Jesse had been my patient for some time. She had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was in her early teens, so insulin was mandatory. And since she refused to follow the basic dietary guidelines for diabetics, she | Read More…

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Is Your Stomach Ache an Ulcer?

Digestive upsets happen to everyone occasionally. But for people with ulcers, it’s all too common to feel a gnawing pain or the sensation that your stomach is on fire.  And sometimes there are other discomforts, including belching, feeling bloated, vomiting, | Read More…

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Natural Antacids & Heartburn Remedies that Work

If you’ve ever had heartburn – and who hasn’t? – you know it’s a miserable experience. For many people, heartburn is a temporary situation. But for millions of others, untreated, occasional heartburn becomes a chronic condition. When stomach acid repeatedly | Read More…

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Probiotics for Heartburn? My Patient says it Works

Here’s a good example of how the best intentions can lead to bad outcomes. Ellen came to me with serious constipation alternating with diarrhea. At the same time, she was experiencing troubling heartburn symptoms, with frequent vomiting and nausea. As | Read More…

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GMOs: The Pros & Cons of Genetically Modified Food

More and more of my patients are asking for my opinion on GMOs, the acronym for genetically modified organisms. Are these foods harmful, and, if so, how bad are they? Those are very good questions, so let’s take a look | Read More…

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What is Gluten Sensitivity & Why Does it Happen?

One of the most common statements I hear from new patients goes something like this: “I don’t feel good, but my doctor says there’s nothing wrong with me.” Generally, in these cases, a patient tells their doctor that he or | Read More…

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A Celiac Diesease Story: Symptoms & Diagnosis

This story describes the experiences of a child of one of my friends. I did not treat this young boy but found his story compelling enough to share with my readers. Our family’s story began in March 2005. That month, | Read More…

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Gluten Free Greek Lentil Salad

Serves 4 Prep time: 30 minutes Here’s a tasty, wheat-free summer salad that won’t keep you in the kitchen for hours. And it’s loaded with seasonal produce that’s bursting with nutrients. Ingredients For the salad: 1 cup green or brown | Read More…

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What are Probiotics? Bacteria with Benefits

Probiotics are defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “Living microorganisms that provide a health benefit to the host when ingested in adequate amounts.” That fairly boring description hardly does justice to these tiny organisms, though. In fact, the | Read More…

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Green Juice Recipe with Probiotics

Serves 1 Prep time: 2-3 minutes Here’s a simple, refreshing green juice you can make that’s so good you’ll want to have one every morning. If you don’t have a juicer, consider purchasing one. Juicing is an excellent way to | Read More…

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Good Fat vs. Bad Fat: A Simple Healthy Guide

Judging by the questions I’m getting from my patients and readers, there’s some confusion about fat, particularly the saturated variety. I’m not surprised. There are so many myths when it comes to fat, even doctors sometimes have a hard time | Read More…

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Pancreatitis & Omega-3s: Shelley’s Story

Shelley had been a patient of mine for more a decade. After her career as a flight attendant ended, she decided to follow her lifelong dream of learning how to fly her own plane. With the full support of her | Read More…

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Carob Chip Cookies with Stevia (Sugar Free)

If you are trying to tame your sweet tooth, these delicious sugar free carob chip treats may help. Their sweetness comes from stevia, a healthier sugar alternative, and instead of traditional, sugary chocolate chips, they are made with carob, a | Read More…

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Weird Home Remedies That Actually Work

During my more than 20 years as a practicing physician, I’ve collected many wonderful suggestions for home remedies from patients, other doctors, and friends. Today, I’d like to share several of them with you. Some of these remedies are simple, | Read More…

Ralph’s Stress Problem

A patient I’ll call Ralph was having a difficult time with Alex, a woman he had been seeing for several years. It’s a familiar story. She didn’t want to make plans for a future together, and he felt frustrated and | Read More…

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Tummy-Soothing Aloe Vera Fruit Smoothie

Serves 2 Aloe vera has been used for centuries to heal digestive disorders. I recommend you purchase aloe vera gel from a health-food store rather than trying to make it from plants. There are many different types of aloe, and | Read More…

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Beat the Bathroom Blues

If you’ve ever had to deal with irregularity — and who hasn’t? — you know how uncomfortable it can be to discuss bowel problems. I understand it’s awkward to talk about such personal things. But we’re all here to make | Read More…

Gina’s Struggle with Constipation

For as long as Gina could remember, she had been dealing with constipation. As a child, Gina’s mother gave her enemas to help maintain regularity. In her teens, a doctor recommended laxatives, and Gina found relief. For the next 20 | Read More…

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How to Avoid Food Poisoning

Just the other day, a friend and I were reminiscing about the good old days, when the most likely source of food poisoning was Aunt Sue’s potato salad that had been sitting for hours on a picnic table in the | Read More…

Brian’s Experience with Parasites

“The oysters on the half shell were the specialty of the house,” Brian explained, “and as much as I love raw oysters, I knew they could make me sick, so I didn’t have any. In fact, that’s what bothers me | Read More…

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Does probiotic production in my body decrease as I age?

Your body has been making good bacteria – probiotics – since birth. As you age, your production of these bacteria, along with your immune system, is compromised. We all have probiotics in the mouth, the throat, the lungs, and the | Read More…

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What’s the best solution for a dry nose and mouth?

Probably the best thing for dry nose and mouth is ketone water. It’s a special water that resembles plasma. You can also use organic coconut oil or unscented sesame oil in your nose. Both of those work as wonderful lubricants | Read More…

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Would you recommend CoQ10 to people with gum disease?

Yes, absolutely! CoQ10 definitely helps with gum disease, and I would recommend a daily dose of approximately 100 to 200 milligrams for any patient over 40. CoQ10 also comes in a liquid form that’s made for the gums specifically. Glad | Read More…

Brian’s Extreme Physical Stress Reaction

After several trips to the emergency room, Brian came to my clinic because he was having terrible digestive problems. No matter what he ate, he developed painful cramps and nausea. The tests done in the hospital looked fine. But if | Read More…

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Body pH: The Secrets to Balancing Your Body’s pH Level

This article focuses on a topic that’s rarely addressed in doctors’ offices – acidosis. Acidosis is a condition caused by an acid-alkaline imbalance in the body. That doesn’t sound particularly far-fetched or outrageous, yet some medical authorities claim there is | Read More…

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Don’t Gain a Pound This Holiday

Lucy had done an outstanding job of following a plan we devised to help reduce her weight (which we’ll look at in more detail in an upcoming issue). It included lifestyle changes like daily walks and a new approach to | Read More…

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Tender Tummy Smoothie

Read our related issue, “End Digestive Woes,” for further information on upset stomachs and how to alleviate them. Banana, papaya, chamomile, and ginger are all soothing to the stomach. If you’d like a bit of sweetness, try adding a teaspoon | Read More…

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End Digestive Woes

Leo (which is not his real name, of course) appeared in my office last year, concerned because the holidays had barely begun and he was already experiencing heartburn. Leo was taking over-the-counter antacids. Since they no longer appeared to be | Read More…

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Quinoa Avocado Salad

For Celiac Disease sufferers, even a tiny amount of gluten (found in wheat) triggers a reaction that causes a wide range of digestive woes, neurological difficulties, fatigue, and more. Fortunately, it’s possible to avoid all symptoms of the disease by | Read More…