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Digestion

Digestion and indigestion are becoming hot topics of discussion in the medical community. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is causing intestinal problems for an increasingly large number of people. Here you can learn about your digestive system, how it relates to your immune system and what you can do to ensure that you keep your self in good digestive health.

Homocysteine: The Amino Acid that Predicts Heart Disease

I recently went for my annual physical, and for the first time ever, I had my homocysteine levels checked by my new doctor. They were within the normal range, but on the higher end, so we discussed ways to get my number a bit lower. She also explained what homocysteine is and what it means […]

Drink to your gut health!

Wine lovers: Here’s another reason to rejoice! It turns out that having a little merlot or pinot noir once in a while may do your tummy good. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Let me explain… It’s widely known that red wine has properties that protect your heart. This is courtesy of compounds called […]

Can these “healthy mouth bugs” keep your dentist happy?

When it comes to maintaining good oral and dental health, everyone knows the basics—brush twice a day, floss every night, and visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups. But perhaps we need to add another important item to this list: Taking probiotics. It’s well known that having a diverse variety of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) […]

Are You Wasting Money on Turmeric?

If you’re a fan of Indian food, you’re probably quite familiar with turmeric. A member of the ginger family, this brilliant yellow-orange spice is used frequently to make curry—a staple in Indian and other Asian cuisines. But turmeric is far more than a culinary staple; it’s a centuries-old medicine too. One of its most active […]

Caution: Side effects may NOT be caused by your medication

We tend to hear about the possible side effects of drugs through ads, doctors, and word of mouth. Usually, these adverse reactions are caused by the active ingredients—the components that cause the medication to have a therapeutic impact on your health. But, we rarely hear about bad reactions to the inactive ingredients. While they’re far more rare, they do happen…and in some cases they can be life threatening. Learn how to identify potential allergens and what you can do to help prevent side-effects.

Go Crazy for Kombucha

Kombucha is a popular beverage made by fermenting green or black tea. While it has only just recently become everyone’s favorite “trendy” health drink, kombucha has been around for millennia. Kombucha originated in the Far East, with the first recorded use coming from China in 221 BC. Back then, it was called the Tea of […]

Proton Pump Inhibitors Endanger Your Bones

Nearly 20 million Americans are prescribed esomeprazole (better known as Nexium, Prilosec, Aciphex, and Protonix) to treat heartburn, GERD, and acid reflux. And they spend $6.2 billion annually for it. These drugs are called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) because they neutralize stomach acid as a way to stop reflux and the heartburn that follows it. […]

Gastroparesis: Your Indigestion May Not Be Regular Old Heartburn

When you think of digestive issues, the well-known ones probably come to mind: Irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis. But there’s another digestive condition that many people have never heard of—which is surprising considering an estimated 4 million in the US alone are affected. It’s called […]

FODMAPs as a treatment for IBS: What to Know

Whenever someone presents with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the first thing I want to know about isn’t what’s coming out, but rather, what they are putting into their bodies. Your diet is a critical factor in how all of your body systems operate, especially your digestive system. And one group of very common […]

IBS treatment with Vitamin D

sunshine for Vitamin D to fight IBS flooding a meadow
Now that the spring sun has finally decided to stick around for a while, I have a special message to readers who want to alleviate the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): Get some sun! Yes, I’m being serious. New research has shown that Vitamin D can help alleviate IBS, and exposure to the sun […]
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