Gluten Sensitivity and Vitamin D

If you shop the health food aisles of your local grocery store, you’re likely noticing more and more items labeled, “Gluten Free.”  Gluten sensitivity is on the rise. Research estimates that 18 million Americans suffer from non-celiac gluten sensitivity.  According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House, that’s 1 in 133 Americans. Gluten sensitivity… Read more »

Why You Need Digestive Enzymes

If you suffer from gastrointestinal distress (ie. gas, bloating, heartburn, constipation, etc.), you’re not alone.  More than 100 million Americans experience digestive difficulties. Digestive enzymes can help by keeping your gut healthy.  They are vital to the digestive process and work to break down the food we eat, so our bodies can absorb nutrients from…

Heartburn?  Skip These Foods

According to the National Library of Medicine, more than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month. Some studies suggest that more than 15 million Americans experience heartburn symptoms each day. The symptoms of heartburn are a tight, painful feeling through your chest caused by acid reflux, which happens when stomach acid is…

Unfortunate Side Effects of Coffee

Over 180 million Americans start the day with coffee to get going. Some people enjoy their coffee and apparently have no health issues with drinking it. There are, however, some unfortunate side effects of coffee, particularly when it becomes so addictive that you find it difficult to go a day without it.

Probiotics Offer IBS 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…

The Connection Between Stress and Heartburn

When you experience 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 stress and heartburn is so strong that researchers have found that patients seeking therapy… Read more »

Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics Together

Many people with gastrointestinal disorders have found comfort in taking digestive enzymes and probiotics together.  Friendly bacteria (probiotics) and enzymes are both located in the digestive tract. In fact, healthy bacteria in our bodies actually produce certain enzymes to assist with digestion. Often, supplementation of both enzymes and probiotics are needed to provide optimal digestion and intestinal…

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 »