- July 1st, 2014
It’s the usual story: going on day three of your much-anticipated summer vacation and, well, you haven’t used the facilities. The gas, bloating, and cramping are kicking in. You’re starting to get uncomfortable and irritable. Suddenly, your relaxing vacation is feeling a lot less so. Your mind starts to race and you wonder what you can do. Take a laxative?Have successful summer travels by learning more about the condition that affects millionsBy Ed Levine, MD
- July 1st, 2014
WHAT IT IS:
Probiotics are live microorganisms that help maintain the natural balance of organisms in the intestines. The probiotic bacteria found in the digestive tract reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and promote a healthy digestive system.
- June 1st, 2014
Gone are the days when the word raw—in the context of food—conjured up hippy granola images of unpalatable wilted lettuce leaves and dry, warped carrot sticks. The raw food movement has seen a recent surge into mainstream consciousness.By Tess Masters AKA The Blender Girl
- April 1st, 2014
Your stomach can become upset for many reasons. If you’ve eaten something spicy, had a little too much alcohol, eaten too fast, or you’ve been stressed about something in your life, you could easily develop indigestion. Most importantly, remember to slow down when you’re eating, practice calming exercises, and go easy on the alcohol.
- February 1st, 2014
Most people know that the dietary choices we make play a huge role in heart health. Eating the right foods can dilate your arteries, reduce inflammation, prevent clotting, and promote circulation. What is less well known is the role of fiber in heart health.The unsung hero in heart healthBy Steven Masley, MD, FAHA, FAAFP, FACN, CNS
- January 1st, 2014
Personal trainers often emphasize the importance of core strength, and they are right to do so. A strong core does more than give us six-pack abs—it knits our entire body into a strong, cohesive unit.Optimal digestion puts wellness firstBy Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc
- September 1st, 2013
If you or someone you love is plagued by chronic digestive distress, you know what it’s like to be held captive by your gut. You may feel increasingly frustrated and don’t know what to do next. You’ve probably seen several competent physicians who have given their best efforts to thoroughly diagnose and treat your condition.New insights into the connection between your gut and your mindBy Gregory A. Plotnikoff, MD, and Mark B. Weisberg, PhD
- July 1st, 2013
Stress lowers levels of an immune system component called an inflammasome that is necessary to maintain normal gut microbiota. Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered that probiotics reversed the effect in animal models.
- June 1st, 2013
Summer brings us sunshine, longer days, vacations, and delicious fruits—so many things to welcome with open arms that can provide better energy.The essential foods and supplementsBy Ashley Koff, RD
- May 1st, 2013
Let’s take a quick pop quiz: What do obesity, diabetes, depression, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, dermatitis, diarrhea, allergic rhinitis, the common cold, acne, chronic fatigue syndrome, and food allergies have in common?
The battle for your stomachThe bacterial truth at the center of our quest for wellnessBy Adam Swenson