Wed Jan 24 2018

Category: Digestion / Stomach

About Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Posted in Anxiety / Depression / Stress, Digestion / Stomach

It is not a health issue that people want to talk about, yet millions of Americans suffer from the condition in silence, afraid to reach out to their doctor.  They're afraid partially because of embarrassment.  What makes things worse is that many people who have complained years ago were told nothing could be done to [&hellip

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Blueberries May Help Fight Belly Fat and Diabetes

Posted in Diabetes / Blood Sugar, Diet / Weight Loss, Digestion / Stomach, Foods / Drinks, Heart Health

Michigan researchers think eating blueberries could help fight belly fat and diabetes.  Their research was presented in New Orleans and the effects are thought to be due to the high level of naturally occurring antioxidants in blueberries.  There are some problems with the study.  First, it was performed in rats and blueberries made up 2% [&hellip

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Dealing with Heartburn

Posted in Ache / Pain, Digestion / Stomach, Foods / Drinks, Medications, Smoking

I often hear patients complain about heartburn.  They talk about the discomfort and how frustrating it can be.  But for most people, with a visit to the pharmacy, the use of a wide variety of products can make a difference.  But there are two things you should know when it comes to heartburn.  First, alcohol, [&hellip

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Broccoli Sprouts Could Reduce Levels of Dangerous Stomach Bacteria

Posted in Bacteria, Digestion / Stomach, Foods / Drinks

There's new information that broccoli sprouts could reduce dangerous stomach bacteria.  It's a small study of 48 Japanese people infected with the stomach bacteria Helicobacter pylori and it suggests that eating broccoli could reduce levels of this dangerous bug.   Helicobacter pylori can cause ulcers and even stomach cancer.  In the study, participants either ate [&hellip

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Understanding the Cause of Heartburn

Posted in Ache / Pain, Digestion / Stomach, Ears, Nose & Throat, Foods / Drinks

A lot of people don't understand what heartburn is.  It's real simple to explain.  Here's what happens.  The esophagus goes from the mouth down to the stomach and there's a connection there.  There's a valve that keeps the stomach acid in the stomach.  The stomach has lots of acid because it has to churn up [&hellip

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Diarrhea Can Lead to Dehydration

Posted in Digestion / Stomach, Foods / Drinks

Diarrhea is a very serious health issue.  It's a problem that can be devastating if it affects the very young or the very old.  The reason?  Dehydration.  If diarrhea is not controlled, and if the fluid and electrolyte balance changes, it can cause someone not only to die, but to get very sick or even [&hellip

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Stress Can Make Heartburn Worse

Posted in Ache / Pain, Anxiety / Depression / Stress, Digestion / Stomach, Ears, Nose & Throat, Men's Health

Heartburn is a very serious health problem and one of the things that I think when you talk about heartburn that you have to understand is that it is one of those problems where stress, anxiety, and pressure can make it worse.  Heartburn clearly is linked to a wide variety of issues.  Essentially, it's the [&hellip

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How We Can End Overeating and Eat Healthier

Posted in Diet / Weight Loss, Digestion / Stomach, Foods / Drinks

20090601-how_we_can_end_overeating_and_eat_healthier This week I’d like to reflect on one of my recent food related reads—David Kessler’s excellent “The End of Overeating.” No, it doesn’t offer five easy ways to achieve a perfect beach body this summer, nor does it have a new magic trick to overcome food craving and obsessions. Rather, it‘s a lucid, well-researched [&hellip

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The Gluten-free Health Fad the Good and the Bad Part 2

Posted in Allergies, Diet / Weight Loss, Digestion / Stomach, Foods / Drinks

20090525-the_gluten-free_health_fad_the_good_and_the_bad-part_2 In the previous post I reflected on the rapid expansion of the gluten-free market share and the rising popularity of the gluten-free diet, and said I'm glad to see the growing awareness of celiac disease, and also happy that keeping a gluten-free diet is becoming easier. But is there a downside of the gluten-free [&hellip

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The Gluten-free Health Fad the Good and the Bad

Posted in Allergies, Diet / Weight Loss, Digestion / Stomach

20090518-the_gluten-free_health_fad_the_good_and_the_bad-part_1 Have you noticed the gluten-free food explosion? I have the privilege of attending many food shows, and I’m stunned by the proliferation of grain based foods—prepared meals, cookies, snacks bread and crackers—developed for the benefit of those on a gluten-free diet and with “gluten-free” as a marketing proposition. Gluten-free foods are a necessity for [&hellip

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