Five of the Worst Foods for IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a group of symptoms that affect your digestive system. It’s a common but uncomfortable gastrointestinal disorder. People with IBS often experience excessive gas, abdominal pain, and cramps. IBS is considered a functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder. These conditions are caused by problems in how your gut and brain work together. In turn,… Read more »

Ten Tips for Nighttime Heartburn Relief

You know the feeling.  You snuggle into bed hoping to get a restful night’s sleep.  And that burning sensation starts creeping into your chest.  You toss and turn and perhaps eventually fall asleep.  Only to wake up a few hours later with terrible heartburn.  There goes your good night of sleep.  Fortunately, there are things… Read more »

Holiday Guide to Avoiding Heartburn

You can thank us later for our holiday guide to avoiding heartburn. If you are one the millions that suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or heartburn, Thanksgiving can be a painful holiday.  Overeating tends to exacerbate both of these conditions and it’s almost an American tradition to stuff yourself as well as the turkey…. Read more »

Mashed Potatoes Light

Mashed potatoes are one of the best parts of Thanksgiving dinner.  Who doesn’t love that creamy, butter-laden goodness topped with a hearty helping of gravy?  But if you’re trying to live a more healthy life, you might feel like you should skip the whipped.  Fear not, here are some tips to lighten up your favorite… Read more »

Digestive Enzymes and Crohn’s Disease

According to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Crohn’s disease is a chronic condition that affects 1.4 million Americans annually, with most patients diagnosed before the age of 30. What is Crohn’s Disease? According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, Crohn’s disease is one of two major chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, known as IBD.  Crohn’s disease produces severe… Read more »

Summer Stress Can Stress Your Stomach

Summer isn’t always relaxing for everyone. For some people, summer can cause an undue amount of stress.  In fact, many people feel more stress in the summer months than any other time of year.  Here’s why: Heat – For many people, the heat and humidity of summer are downright oppressive.  This can lead to staying… Read more »

Why Women Need Probiotics

Probiotics have gained in popularity and with good reason.  They are best known for aiding digestion, and are especially helpful for those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and constipation.   But if you’re a woman, research has shown that the beneficial microbes in probiotics may also support immunity, mood, and vaginal and urinary health. Healthy… Read more »

Is Stress Causing Your Heartburn?

When you are experiencing stress – either chronic stress or ongoing tension from life’s little stressors – your digestive health is impacted. 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 system is so strong that researchers have found… Read more »

Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Women

Suffering from any gastrointestinal disorder can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. It’s normal to have a little bit of gas and bloating, but feeling discomfort, pain or changes in your bathroom habits regularly is not.  If you experience these things, you may be suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is a digestive disorder that impacts… Read more »

Lactose Intolerance

Approximately 65 percent of adults have a reduced ability to digest lactose. Lactose is a sugar in milk and milk products that is broken down by the enzyme lactase, which is produced in the small intestine. If the lactose is not broken down, it can produce a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms, including gas, bloating, cramping… Read more »