Dyspepsia is the most common upper GI condition that people experience. It presents with: An excessive feeling of fullnessEpigastric pain(Pain just below ribs)DiscomfortBurningNauseaBelchingVomitting These symptoms often occur acutely due to dietary exposures, consuming certain foods and such. But it can also be a recurring problem in some people. When there is a cause, such as … Continue reading Dietary treatment of dyspepsia and IBS
Healthy digestive system function is something we all take for granted. Normally, it's not until something goes haywire that we pay any mind to digestion at all. But when digestion does go off the rails, bad times are a coming, especially if it happens regularly. Gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and indigestion are no treat. … Continue reading How to improve digestive system function
Small intestine inflammation causes major problems in the gut. It negatively affects nutrient digestion and absorption while creating nasty symptoms including: Gas & bloatingCrampingDiarrhea Intestinal permeabilityImpaired mucosal immunityGut dysbiosisLoss of appetiteWeight loss Last week's blog covered how stress induces Crohn's disease flare ups. The basic jist is that chronic stress causes elevation of glucocorticoids(cortisol). As … Continue reading The key to controlling small intestine inflammation
Upset stomach is an umbrella term that often describes general GI discomfort. While the stomach may be the primary issue, other areas of the digestive tract cause problems as well. Symptoms include abdominal pain or discomfort, bloating, nausea, or a full feeling after eating. Technically speaking, the proper way to refer to these issues when … Continue reading Upset stomach? Check this muscle!!!
A healthy stomach plays a crucial role in our digestive system. In addition to breaking down protein, our stomach does a lot of lifting in the digestion process. It pummels our food, churns and mixes it, and stores it until it's ready to enter the small intestine for absorption. The stomach also plays another important … Continue reading Want a healthy stomach? Try this simple trick!
GI transit time is how long food stays in your gut. It starts when food enters your mouth and ends when it becomes cannon fodder to your morning coffee. A recent paper found that GI transit time tells us a lot about our gut and metabolic health. But the most interesting thing about the study … Continue reading What your GI transit time says about your gut health
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition where excess bacteria grow in the small intestine. While there are normally trillions of bacteria in the gut, their numbers are low in the small intestine of healthy people. Different areas of the gut contain varying amounts of microbes, expressed as log colony-forming units per gram(CFU/g). In … Continue reading The secret to eliminating small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
Managing IBS is so important for those who suffer from it. Many of the GI symptoms of IBS have a major impact on a person's quality of life. Currently, there aren't many things a person with IBS can do to help manage their symptoms. The FODMAP diet is a useful way to find out specific … Continue reading Managing IBS: 5 proven strategies to reduce your worst symptoms
We get a number of requests to post a "healthy gut diet", which is impossible to do. The primary issue is that we're all different. Thus, what's best for your gut depends on several factors: Are you trying to fix a problem or optimize an already healthy gut?GeneticsFood allergies & intolerancesActivity levelsSleepWorking day vs night … Continue reading Healthy gut diet: Foods you should eat for optimal gut health
Many people, particularly those with gut problems, complain about bloating when they eat fiber. It may seem trivial, but in some people, it's really intense. This presents a problem because fiber has many benefits. Fiber intake: Decreases inflammation in the gutSeals up the gutHelps control blood sugar and appetiteReduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and … Continue reading Bloating when you eat fiber? Try this trick!