Vitamin C and Gut Health
Vitamin C’s emerging relevance in the world of gut health deserves attention perhaps not necessarily because it is the most important GI tract nutrient but rather because it contributes positively and is paired with a host of other important compounds and delivered via important foods which are generally underconsumed.
Medications that Impact the Gut Microbiome
There is research to suggest that some medications can alter composition and metabolic function of the gut microbiota which can lead to gut dysbiosis (imbalance of the gut bacteria resulting in unpleasant symptoms- constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, increased gas/bloating). This article briefly addressed some of those medications.
Interstitial Cystitis and the Impact of Dietary Modifications
Interstitial Cystitis (IC) is also sometimes called painful bladder syndrome. An important aspect of treatment may be dietary modification. There are common foods and beverages that are known to cause a flare of IC symptoms. This article investigates common trigger foods and provides alternatives and further suggestions for symptom control.
Exercise for Stress Management & Improved Digestion
Stress is a major threat to one’s health and happiness. In addition to shortening life, stress deeply interferes with one’s quality of life in all manner of ways, threatening physical and mental health. Stress is also related to gastrointestinal issues, including acid reflux and IBS. One of the most effective stress-management strategies appears to be regular exercise.
Eat First with Your Senses: Cephalic Phase Responses
Nausea and Vomiting with Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is usually characterized by the predominant symptom, either diarrhea or constipation, occurring in the lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract. However, many symptoms of IBS affect the upper GI system as well, including acid reflux, functional dyspepsia, bloating, pain in the upper abdomen, referred pain in the lower back, nausea, and vomiting.
Intermittent Fasting and the Gut Microbiome
While Intermittent Fasting (IF) is technically an umbrella term covering various forms of time-restricted eating protocols, the most commonly implemented and well-studied form of fasting is generally the stereotypical 16:8 regimen. This article looks at the data around its impact on the gut microbiome.
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Soups are a great way to “clean” out your pantry and the refrigerator. Butternut squash is available for purchase year round and can be used with a variety of different flavors. Curry, cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic, and the list goes on. This recipe focuses on the flavors of fall with some added flavor from the coconut, ginger and honey.
EoE- When Your Esophagus is Angry
Eosinophilic Esophagitis, commonly referred to as EoE, is recognized as a chronic allergic/immune condition that negatively impacts the functionality of the esophagus. EoE is diagnosed more frequently due to the excess pollen in the air in the Fall and Spring. Another factor is a reaction to food allergies that worsen over time which are discussed in this article.
Should I Give Up Coffee?
The truth about coffee as a health food has been the subject of many debates. For a while, coffee was included on the list of carcinogens, but that was reversed back in 2016. Not only was it confirmed that coffee does not cause cancers or heart disease, but when consumed in reasonable dosage, it can actually be considered a healthy food.
Exercise and the Gut Microbiome
Overall, exercise seems beneficial in regards to how it influences the gut. It could help decrease IBS symptoms, improve bowel habits and increase your immune system. There is also research that suggests exercise affects the gut via the brain (exercise reducing stress/anxiety) which could lead to a more healthy variety of microbes in the gut.
Peppermint Oil For IBS Management
Given that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is both relatively common and often paired with significant quality of life implications, it should come as little surprise that any easily accessible supplement that offers meaningful relief would generate a great deal of public and scientific interest. And that’s precisely where peppermint oil comes into play.
Lemon Zucchini Cake with a Lemon Glaze
Midsummer harvest season equals zucchini everywhere! This zucchini cake can be enhanced with any additional flavor you enjoy. Blueberries, cherries, or even carrots to make a carrot-zucchini cake. The possibilities are endless.
Tips to Manage Bad Breath with GERD
A less talked about, yet common, marker of GERD is halitosis (bad breath). Most people have experienced bad breath and one time or another, but chronic bad breath caused by GERD can be embarrassing, contribute to social anxiety, and increase isolation.You will find bad breath remedies in this article and remember to discuss these issues with your dentist and doctor.
Decluttering to Improve Your Health- The Art of Balance
Clutter can significantly add to stress, anxiety, and depression, all factors that directly impact intestinal issues such as GERD and IBS. Simply put, mess causes stress, but it’s not just our home environment. We may also have clutter in our finances, and even with technology, paperwork, and records.