Probiotic Foods You Should Eat

Many foods are beneficial for the gut, but some are better than others in terms of their abundance of live microorganisms. Eating foods rich in probiotic microorganisms can help your digestive system function more efficiently and may contribute to a healthier immune system, along with many other health benefits. Chances are, yogurt is the first food that… Read more »

Surprising Digestive Side Effects of Coffee

Over 180 million Americans start their day with coffee to get going. Some people enjoy their coffee and apparently have no health issues with drinking it. There are however some potential negative effects of coffee, particularly at certain times and when it becomes so addictive that you find it difficult to go a day without… Read more »

Five Foods That Can Give You Gas

According to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, most of us pass gas anywhere from 12-25 times a day.  Recent surveys suggest that abdominal bloating affects up to 30 percent of Americans.  It’s not something we like to talk about.  But gas and bloating are somewhat inevitable – when you eat (and drink), the space inside your… Read more »

Stress Increases Heartburn Symptoms

When you are experiencing stress – either chronic stress or ongoing tension from life’s little stressors – your digestive health is impacted and you may be more susceptible to heartburn. Psychological stress can impair contraction of the GI tract, induce inflammation and even increase your susceptibility to infection.  The connection between your brain and digestive… Read more »

Top Five Reasons You Need Digestive Enzymes

If you’ve ever suffered from gastrointestinal distress (ie. gas, bloating, heartburn, constipation, etc.), you need to read on.  First of all, you’re not alone.  More than 100 million Americans suffer digestive difficulties along with you. Second of all, you don’t need to live this way.  Digestive enzymes can help. Having a healthy gut goes beyond the… Read more »

Picnics – What Not to Pack

Who doesn’t love spreading a blanket in the great outdoors and enjoying a delicious meal?  Picnics evolved from the elaborate traditions of outdoor feasts enjoyed by the wealthy. In Europe during the 14th century, the earliest picnics were medieval hunting feasts in England. Renaissance-era country banquets, and Victorian garden parties lay the foundation for today…. Read more »

IBS – Benefits of Vitamin D

A new study from the University of Sheffield has found that vitamin D supplements could help to ease painful Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms.  In the United States, it is estimated that 10 to 15 percent of the adult population suffers from IBS symptoms, yet only 5 to 7 percent of adults have been diagnosed with the disease. IBS is… Read more »

IBS – Five Foods to Avoid

When you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), eating can be difficult.  IBS is also not a “one size fits all” disorder, so there are no hard and fast rules about foods you should or shouldn’t eat.  In general, eating a variety of healthy, low-fat foods in moderation is recommended.  However, there may be certain… Read more »

IBS – Probiotics for Relief

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most common gastrointestinal condition in North America with an estimated 30 to 50 million sufferers. Yet it remains one of the most difficult to treat. The chronic and often debilitating symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and/or diarrhea. Treating IBS can be a difficult process for doctors… Read more »

The Worst Foods for Heartburn Sufferers

Heartburn is a painful condition affecting roughly 20% of the population every week. The symptoms of heartburn are a tight, painful feeling through your chest. Heartburn is actually caused by acid reflux, which happens when stomach acid is released into the esophagus. The stomach acid eats away at the lining of the esophagus and can… Read more »