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How Extreme Heat Aggravates Gastrointestinal Problems

More than 76 million people were under some level of heat alert as of this morning. About 150 million people are expected to experience temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Extreme heat is not just uncomfortable, it can significantly impact our health, particularly our gastrointestinal (GI) system. How does extreme heat aggravate gastrointestinal problems? Extreme heat can have several adverse effects…

Chronic Gut Inflammation? Foods to Bring to the Fight!

We typically think of inflammation as a result of an injury or disease. But diet also plays an important role in chronic gut inflammation. This is in part because the foods we eat influence the types of bacteria that populate our gut and their chemical byproducts. While some foods encourage the growth of bacteria that stimulate inflammation, others promote the…

Accidental Bowel Leakage: Let’s Talk About It

Fecal incontinence, also called accidental bowel leakage, is the accidental passing of bowel movements—including solid stools, liquid stools, or mucus—from your anus. The most common type of fecal incontinence is called urge incontinence. When you have urge incontinence, you feel a strong urge to have a bowel movement but cannot stop it before reaching a toilet. If you have urge…

Eating in Peace: Choose to Practice the Art of Nourishment ♥

When we can’t even make the time to sit down to eat in peace, there’s something wrong. Indigestion (dyspepsia) is a pain or burning feeling in your upper belly or abdomen. It is common in adults. Indigestion is not the same as heartburn. It is not related to stomach acid. Heartburn is when stomach acid goes out of your stomach…

Signs That Your Liver Isn’t Delivering

Your liver works hard to protect your health. It’s a rugged, strong organ! But certain things—like alcohol, drugs, viruses, and excess weight—can damage it. You may not even realize when your liver is struggling, because liver disease usually has no symptoms until the problem becomes severe. Help your liver to guard your health by avoiding the things that might cause…

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month March 1 – March 31 [Infographic]

Today is Dress in Blue Day! March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable. The key is regular screenings — starting earlier than you might think. Start screening at age 45 if you are at average risk. If you are at increased risk, you may need to be screened earlier or more often – talk…

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…