How to prepare for upper endoscopy (EGD)

To prepare for an upper endoscopy, you need to stop solid food for eight hours or more. You may need to stop blood thinners up to 7 days before the test. You can take your essential medications like those for blood pressure the morning of your test. What is an upper...

Bland diet for digestive health problems

  Bland diet is a soft, non-spicy, low fiber diet. It is recommended for people with certain digestive conditions such as diverticulitis, pancreatitis, bowel obstruction, and colitis. Types of bland diet  Bland diets are clear liquid diet, low fiber diet and non-spicy...

Distended. How to manage gas and bloating

Bloating is a sensation of increased abdominal pressure with or without visible abdominal distention.  Feeling distended is common. It affects 16% to 19% of people. Only half the people that complain of bloating actually have abdominal distention when examined by a...

The gastroparesis diet for slow stomach

The gastroparesis diet is recommended for patients with gastroparesis (slow stomach). What is gastroparesis? Gastroparesis is a low stomach. It is delayed gastric emptying in the absence of a mechanical obstruction. What causes gastroparesis? Idiopathic-unknown cause....

Why do I have blood in my stool?

Blood in stool can be a sign of a life threatening disease like cancer or a vexing but benign condition like hemorrhoid. Blood in the stool can be visible or invisible. When it is visible, it can be black and tarry (melena), burgundy (maroon) or bright red. When it is...