Digestive Health

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...

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Are probiotics bad? Probiotics can cause brain fog

  Are probiotics bad in any way? Millions of people use probiotics. They are everywhere. Drug stores and marts are filled with different brands of probiotics. Many assumed they are only beneficial and have no downside. In a recent study by Rao et al in Clinical and...

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High fiber diet for digestive issues and colon health

High fiber diet is good for colon health. Fiber improves health in many diseases such as constipation, diarrhea, obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, colorectal polyps, colorectal cancer, type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular diseases. People lose weight on fiber...

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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...

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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....

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How to use Golytely for severe chronic constipation

For some patients with chronic constipation, nothing helps. These patients have had constipation for years. They have done blood tests, CT scans, and colonoscopy. Many have done motility testing and anorectal manometry. Some can go for a week or more without a bowel...

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You have anemia. Why you should see a gastroenterologist

Anemia affects a lot of people. One-quarter of the world's population have anemia. More than 3 million Americans have anemia. The most common form of anemia is iron deficiency anemia. This is anemia caused by lack of enough iron. Iron deficiency anemia is bad. It can...

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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...

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Do I have diverticulitis of the colon?

Diverticulitis is inflammation of the sac-like opening or pocket in the wall of the colon called diverticulum. Only patients with diverticulosis can have diverticulitis. Diverticulosis is the presence of diverticula. Inflammation is characterized by swelling, redness,...

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How to Stop Diarrhea from Different Causes?

Diarrhea is messy. Diarrhea can be embarrassing. Watery stool. Runny stool. Multiple trips to the toilet. Fecal accidents. We've all experienced it at some point. For some, they have diarrhea every now and then. For others, this is a daily struggle. What is diarrhea?...

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