Five Foods to Avoid When You Have IBS

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 »

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional gastrointestinal disorder, meaning your GI tract is behaving in an abnormal way without evidence of damage. Symptoms include abdominal pain and discomfort and changes in bowel movement patterns. Studies estimate that twice as many women as men are diagnosed with IBS and that they are usually under the… Read more »

Five Healthy Game Day Snack Ideas

The Final Four are playing this weekend in a March Madness mash-up not to be missed. If you’re already planning your game day menus, you’re likely gathering the fixings for nachos, wings, chip and dip and more. And while your team might thank you for the show of enthusiastic loyalty, your digestive system and waistline… Read more »

What is Probiotic Basics?

Probiotic Basics replenishes beneficial bacteria for optimal digestive and immune health, helps balance yeast growth and promotes daily relief from gas, bloating and irregularity. Each micro pearl: Contains 8 Targeted Probiotic Strains (including Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium) to effectively counter the indiscriminate effects of today’s broad spectrum antibiotics and other lifestyle choices that can deplete the… Read more »

Probiotic Foods You Should Eat

Improve digestion and boost immunity with foods that contain gut-friendly “good” bacteria. Here are six probiotic foods you should eat: Kefir – Kefir is made by adding kefir grains to milk, causing fermentation to occur. The thick yogurt-like beverage is packed with probiotics and protein (11 grams per cup). Available in the dairy section, Kefir… Read more »

Six Reasons to Take Probiotics

There are 400 to 500 species of bacteria living in your gut or gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Probiotic (the good) bacteria have many more functions than just aiding with digestion. They trigger immune system reactions throughout the body, including activating T-cells. Probiotics help restore the beneficial gut bacteria that may have been depleted as a result of… Read more »

Top Ten Worst Foods for Heartburn

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 »

Think You’re Lactose Intolerant?

If you think you’re lactose intolerant, recent research suggests you may not be. The U.S. National Institutes of Health draft consensus says there is not enough data available to estimate the prevalence of true lactose intolerance in the United States, but it’s likely the numbers are much lower than those reported. People with lactose intolerance… Read more »

Stress and Your Digestive System

If you’ve ever been stressed, you know it can do a number on your digestive system. Whether it’s nervous stress (that feeling prior to a public presentation) or life stress (paying those monthly bills), it can really tie your stomach in knots. However, the impact of stress on the stomach goes far beyond indigestion. In… Read more »

Why Digestive Enzymes are Important

You’ve likely heard of digestive enzymes and already know they are important for helping to break down the foods you eat. But you may not know just how necessary enzymes are to every cell in your body—not just for digestion, but for all your physiological processes. Enzymes are your body’s workers. They are responsible for… Read more »