How Stress Wreaks Havoc on Digestion

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Stress really takes a toll on your body. But have you ever considered that it can even affect your digestion? According to medical experts, stress can affect every part of the digestive system. In fact, the great German writer and philosopher, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe believed that the gut was the root of all human… Read more »

Should You Go Gluten-Free?

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Just a few years ago, very few Americans knew what gluten was. Today, according to one survey, almost one third of Americans are trying to avoid the element found in grain. In growing numbers, the world’s biggest food makers and restaurant chains are changing recipes and labels to capitalize on the trend, creating a multibillion-dollar… Read more »

Grilling Your Food May Not Be As Healthy As You Think

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The warm weather is here. Memorial Day has come and gone. All around the country, folks are firing up their grills and cooking some delicious meals. Whether it’s burgers and dogs, a juicy steak or tender chicken that’s been marinating all day, everyone loves a good cookout. However, that charbroiled goodness might come at a… Read more »

Vitamin D Deficiency Could Be Causing Gluten Sensitivity

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, almost reaching epidemic proportions. 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… Read more »

Your Weight May Be Giving You Heartburn – Literally.

According to one of the largest studies ever to examine gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn and other symptoms of acid reflux, the prevalence of these gastrointestinal disorders has risen nearly 50 percent over the last decade. The study followed more than 30,000 people in Norway for 11 years.  When the study began, 11.6 percent of… Read more »

The Impact of Summer Stress on Digestion

It is the season we have all been waiting for: Summer!  Vacations are booked and we’re looking forward to relaxing with friends and family, eating gluttonous amounts of food and lounging about doing absolutely NOTHING.  Sounds idyllic, right?  The reality is that many of our so-called vacations more closely resemble that of the Griswold’s in… Read more »

Tips for Summer Digestive Distress

Summer is a time for outdoors, family, friends, barbecues, seaside clambakes, and fair food. And unless we’re careful, we suffer some unpleasant results: stomachaches, nausea, heartburn, and constipation or diarrhea. Outdoor events can trigger digestive problems in a number of ways: Picnic and party food can spoil in the heat. We may over-exercise. And it’s… Read more »

Acidophilus a powerful tool against inflammatory bowel disease

While probiotics like acidophilus, commonly found in peach and yogurt, are known to be healthy, recent research conducted suggests they may be a powerful treatment against inflammatory bowel disease. Northwestern Medicine researchers manipulated strains of the bacteria and fed them to mice infected with a form of colitis. After nearly two weeks of treatment, the… Read more »

Acid reflux link to asthma may be aided by new test

Chronic heartburn is an uncomfortable condition that many people endure, but now a new test may offer relief to people with acid reflux who also experience heartburn-related asthma. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association’s publication Surgery, a study at the Institute for the Treatment of Esophageal and Thoracic Disease measured participants’ exposure… Read more »

Acid reflux may result in pre-cancerous cells

It isn’t uncommon for people to ignore occasional heartburn and acid reflux. However, allowing the problem to linger for an extended period of time may come with a number of health consequences, including cancer. NBC affiliate WPTV-5 reports that stomach acid can damage the esophagus over time, and lingering acid can damage cells. Mutations that… Read more »