How Extreme Heat Aggravates Gastrointestinal Problems

How Extreme Heat Aggravates Gastrointestinal Problems and What Actions Can Help

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 … Read more

Rough Up Your Diet! Fit More Fiber Into Your Day

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 … Read more

IBS: What Foods are Disturbing your Gut Most?

What foods are disturbing your gut most? Trust Your Gut!

“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 … Read more

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

"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 … Read more