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 »

Heartburn? Avoid These Ten Foods

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 »

Four Benefits of Probiotics

You probably know that probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. You also likely know that our bodies are full of bacteria, both good and bad and that probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.  But here are four benefits… Read more »

Holiday Heartburn Survival Guide

If you 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.  But by making some better choices, you can enjoy the feast without feeling miserable later. Start with our holiday… Read more »

Common Digestive Disorders

There’s something about digestive disorders that makes them hard to discuss in polite company, leaving many people to suffer in silence.  According to professionals, digestive difficulties are placing a growing burden on Americans, causing an unprecedented number of clinic visits and hospitalizations.  Yet fixes can often be as simple as making informed lifestyle changes or… Read more »

Late Night Snacking and Acid Reflux

If you’re like many of us, you might be having a hard time sleeping these days.  Stress and worry may be keeping you awake, which can lead to late-night snacking.  Unfortunately, according to an article in the New York Times, the risk for acid reflux increases in people who eat any food after 8 p.m. or… Read more »

Mealtime Habits to Improve Digestion

If you suffer from uncomfortable indigestion, gas, bloating and even acid reflux, the symptoms can be not only painful, but also embarrassing.  Luckily, there are simple mealtime habits you can change that can help improve your digestion. Chew Your Food More – Most people only chew their food between seven and fourteen times per mouthful… Read more »