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Rough Up Your Diet! Fit More Fiber Into Your Day

Fiber—you know it’s good for you. But if you’re like many Americans, you don’t get enough. In fact, most of us get about half the recommended amount of fiber each day. Dietary fiber is found in the plants you eat, including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It’s sometimes called bulk or roughage. You’ve probably heard that it can help with…

IBS: What Foods are Disturbing your Gut Most?

“Trust your gut” may sound like wishful thinking if you live with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), an ongoing health condition that causes pain, constipation, diarrhea and/or gas. But your doctor can work with you to create a plan to relieve your symptoms and help you trust your gut again. IBS is a disorder of the brain-gut interaction. It’s…

Tips to Help Prevent Food Poisoning During the Holidays

Feasting with family is part of many holiday celebrations. Here are some tips to help prevent food poisoning, or foodborne illness, during the holidays. Keep foods separated. Keep meat, chicken, turkey, seafood, and eggs separate from all other foods at the grocery store and in the refrigerator. Prevent juices from meat, chicken, turkey, and seafood from dripping or leaking onto…

“Butterflies” in your Stomach? The Gut-Brain Connection

The gut-brain connection is no joke. It can link anxiety to stomach problems and vice versa. Have you ever had a “gut-wrenching” experience? Do certain situations make you “feel nauseous”? Have you ever felt “butterflies” in your stomach? We use these expressions for a reason. The gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion. Anger, anxiety, sadness, elation — all of these…

What Does a Gallbladder Attack Feel Like?

Many people with gallstones do not have any symptoms. However, if a large stone blocks a tube or duct that drains the gallbladder, you may have a cramping pain in the middle to right upper abdomen. This is known as biliary colic. The pain goes away if the stone passes into the first part of the small intestine. Biliary colic…

What Can Cause Peptic Ulcers (Stomach Ulcers)?

What are the symptoms of a peptic ulcer? A dull or burning pain in your stomach is the most common symptom of a peptic ulcer. You may feel the pain anywhere between your belly button and breastbone. The pain most often: happens when your stomach is empty—such as between meals or during the night stops briefly if you eat or…

“Stomach Flu”? How Can I Take Care of Myself?

What is the “stomach flu”? People commonly call viral gastroenteritis “stomach flu,” but the term is not medically correct. Flu viruses do not cause viral gastroenteritis. Stomach flu is a viral infection that affects the stomach and small intestine. It is also called viral gastroenteritis. The illness is usually brief, lasting 1 to 3 days. Many different viruses can cause…

When Those Little Diverticula Become Infected

As people age, it’s common to develop small pouches in the colon wall, called diverticula. Many people spend their lives without ever noticing a problem, but when the diverticula become infected problems result. Diverticulitis is when those little diverticula become infected. What are the symptoms of diverticular disease? Symptoms of diverticular disease depend on whether diverticula—pouches in the wall of…

Five Lifestyle Tips for a Healthy Tummy

Digestive problems and stomach upsets can be prevented, relieved and even banished by simple lifestyle changes. Beat stress to ease tummy troubles! You may have noticed a feeling of unease in your stomach during times of stress. That’s because anxiety and worry can upset the delicate balance of digestion. In some people, stress slows down digestion, causing bloating, pain and constipation, while in…

Long Term Gut Pain, Gas, and Bloating? What to do.

It can be tricky to diagnose a digestive disease because they share a lot of symptoms. Symptoms of many gut conditions include pain, gassiness, bloating, and diarrhea. To figure out what’s causing gut troubles, doctors may need to run a variety of tests. These can include blood tests and a stool test to look for infection. Some people may have…