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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…

Acid Reflux, Heartburn, and GERD: What’s the difference?

You feel something rising in your throat. It burns and tastes acidic. Now you feel it behind your breastbone. Is it heartburn? Is it GERD? Is it acid reflux? Are they all the same? We’ve compiled a simple overview to help you navigate this often tricky area of digestive conditions. Acid reflux: The cause Acid reflux is when the contents…

How to Choose a Colorectal Cancer Screening Test

Why should I get screened in the first place! Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States. Studies show that screening with colonoscopy and removing pre-cancerous polyps before they cause a problem down the road has been shown to effectively reduce rates of colorectal cancer. Who should be screened for…

The Low FODMAP Diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What is the FODMAP Diet? FODMAP stands for Fermentable, oligo-di- and mono-saccharides and polyols. FODMAPS are short chain carbohydrates (sugars) that are highly fermentable and poorly absorbed during digestion and can lead to irritable bowel syndrome or other conditions. What do FODMAPS do? When FODMAP items reach the colon, bacteria can ferment the sugars in them, causing gas. This stretches…