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.

Prevent gallstones from forming naturally

carrots, beets, tomato smmothie
The gallbladder is one of the most underappreciated organs in the human body. In fairness though, it’s hard to really understand the importance of the gallbladder because its job is so “under the radar.” The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ located just below your liver. Your liver produces a fluid called bile, and the […]

Melatonin: natural heartburn relief

Today, let’s give melatonin an extra dose of respect.  This body-clock-regulating hormone calms us for sleep as darkness falls, and rouses us to greet the day.  It also plays a role when heartburn and acid reflux strike. So, if you’re a sufferer, read on for natural heartburn relief. The burning question—what is (and isn’t) acid […]

Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth is not IBS

Intestinal disorders, in their myriad forms, plague tens of millions of people in the U.S. There’s leaky gut syndrome, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)…and a new bad kid in town, small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). SIBO isn’t really new, but it’s bad, and we see it increasingly often, especially when there’s underlying IBS. What Is […]

High Meat Diet Risks Gut Pain

Another day, another health threat that often refuses to give us clear symptoms.  Diverticulitis can develop when small, bulging pouches in the colon, diverticula, become inflamed or infected. The good news?  It’s fixable. It’s tricky though.  Not only can you be symptom free for years, but when symptoms do appear, they can present similarly to […]

Manage IBS Naturally

A shocking number of people suffer from IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome. About 45 million in America alone—15% of the population. And, perhaps most frustrating, there’s no good way to deal with IBS. Or, rather, there wasn’t until now. But, thanks to some researchers in Australia, there’s a new diet that solves—or at least alleviates—IBS […]

Natural Nausea Treatments

We’ve all been there.  That queasy, uneasy, uncomfortable uncertainty—am I going to throw up? It’s horrible. Big Pharma’s in the game, of course. And some drugs are useful for extreme, nausea-causing conditions, like chemotherapy. But in most cases, natural remedies are better. What causes nausea? There are scores of conditions that can bring on nausea. […]

Probiotic Flush Benefits

Everyone should be taking probiotics daily. In our modern diets, the foods that naturally contain the beneficial bacteria your gut needs—fermented foods like sauerkraut, yogurt, and kimchi—are truly good for you, and they help. But your stomach acids kill most of the beneficial bacteria before they can get to your small intestines, where they do […]

Stress Disrupts Digestion

Please, right now, take a deep breath…and then exhale slowly…and then let your shoulders relax. Good—you’ve just un-stressed, and protected your all-important digestive system against this pervasive health threat. Yes, it’s that simple, and it’s that important. A little hurts. A lot can kill. We all know that stress is a major source of disease. […]

Natural Heartburn Relief

Inside your body is an environment so hostile, you’d burn up if you had to live in it. It’s your stomach, a roiling inferno of harsh acids—which are the source of heartburn.  In a healthy body, they’re well controlled. Heartburn happens when some of those acids escape the protection of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). […]

Heartburn Medicine Danger: Kidneys

Woman grabbing her stomache in pain
In these pages, I’ve said again and again that acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD—gastroesophageal reflux disease—usually shouldn’t be treated by acid blockers. Doctors are very quick to prescribe acid blockers—usually proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs)—but the problems with them are enormous. For one thing, most heartburn isn’t caused by excessive stomach acid. And even when acid is […]