Gassy? Heres a little advice that may help you!

Everyone knows that uncomfortable feeling when you just have to go... But what about when you don't and you just feel bloated and feel the cramps coming on? Well here's a bit of advice that can help you in your day to day schedule that will help you live comfortably again!


Reason # 1: Your eating too much fruit.

Too much fruit. Yes there is such a thing, if you find yourself  having excess gas and bloating after eating fruit or drinking soda, which often contains fructose, this may apply to you. People who are fructose-intolerant do not have to cut out fruit entirely, but rather can eat fruit in small servings, or choose lower-fructose fruits. Such fruits are: cantaloupe and apricots, verses high-fructose fruits like: apples and bananas.

Reason # 2: Your lactose intolerant.

Some people have trouble digesting milk because of sugar lactose that is contained in milk. This happens when the body does not make enough enzymes (lactose) that are needed to breakdown lactose. Lactose that is not completely digested will pass to the colon where it will be broken down and turned into gas. An alternative to cow's milk is: Soy Milk, Almond Milk, Hemp Milk and Lactiad Milk.


Reason # 3: You're Eating "Gassy" Foods

Certain foods produce more gas than others, such as vegetables and beans. If you're sensitive, you may want to limit your intake of gas-producing foods such as:

•Baked beans, lima beans, garbanzo beans and lentils
•Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower
•Grains and fiber
•Fatty foods (they slow digestion, giving food more time to ferment)


Reason # 4: You may be allergic to wheat

Be aware that if you notice severe discomfort after eating certain grains, you may be sensitive to wheat or suffering from a condition known as Celiac Disease.

Celiac Disease is a digestive disorder that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing proper nutrients that we need to stay healthy. Patients who have Celiac Disease cannot tolerate gluten. Gluten is found in: Wheat, rye, barley and oats.
This is why people with digestive disorders including Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Celiac Disease, as well as those with food allergies, often experience gas as a side effect.

Treatment for Celiac Disease:


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Although there is no scientific cure for Celiac disease, you can learn to manage it so your symptoms can subside. Being on a gluten-free diet will prevent future damage, stop your symptoms and help heal the damage done to your small intestine. You can not have any gluten at all if you want your body to recover from the trauma that has been caused. In very rare cases even a strict gluten free diet will not help the damage or the symptoms. This attack on the small intestine could be so severe that it can not be repaired. This is called unresponsive Celiac Disease.

Dairy Prodcts. Good or Bad for Digestive Health?

One food group that can be hard to digest is dairy — mainly because of the sugar lactose found in milk and other dairy products. When lactose is not digested properly symptoms such as gas and bloating result.

 
If you consume too much lactose, it goes into the large intestine, and diarrhea can develop or worsen. During digestive problems, it may still be okay to eat yogurt and hard cheeses because they have no lactose, or you can try lactose-free milk.

 
Not everyone can stomach dairy. About 75 percent of the world’s population is genetically unable to properly digest milk and other dairy products — a problem called lactose intolerance
When there is not enough lactose to digest the lactose in the foods a person eats or drinks, the person may have symptoms such as:
  • Gas
  • Stomach cramps
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

 
These symptoms typically occur within 30 minutes to two hours after consuming foods containing lactose.

 
Some illnesses can cause these same problems, but a health care professional can do tests to see if the problems are caused by lactose intolerance or by another condition.

 
So now your asking is it good or is it bad?

 
My opinion you should avoid dairy products especially when you any type of digestive disorder. The only dairy product that is OK is Organic Greek yogurt which contains probiotics and natural live active enzymes!

 
How will you get your calcium if you do not eat dairy? Easily! Almonds, tofu, soybeans, leafy greens, sesame seeds and broccoli have high calcium content.

Switch out your regular milk for these yummy alternatives:
  • Almond Milk
  • Soy Milk
  • Hemp Milk
  • Lactaid Milk

Acid Reflux signs and symptoms

Ouchhh!!

We've all been there once or twice in our life or at least know some one who has ... Heart Burn.

Main question we always here is Heart Burn and Acid Reflux the same? If not how can I tell the difference between the two?

For starters Acid Reflux occurs when stomach acid regurgitates up into the esophagus. Reflux is the cause of heartburn. However, you may feel no pain at all when reflux occurs.(catch 20/20)


Heartburn is a sensation of tightness, pain or discomfort in the middle of the chest that can  but doesn't always  follow an occurrence of acid reflux. Heartburn is exactly what it would feel like if acid ate away at the lining of your esophagus, because that's what's happening. (more of like a burning sensation after you ate too much pizza)

 
The most accurate way to know if you have Acid Reflux or Heart Burn is by getting diagnosed by a doctor.

Until then here are some signs and symptoms of Acid Reflux Disease that you may want to watch out for:

  • Asthma
  • Chest pain
  • Dental erosion
  • Dysphagia
  • Heartburn
  • Hoarseness
  • Regurgitation  
Here are some common causes of Acid Reflux:
  • Large meals and eating habits
  • Bending forward
  • Hiatus hernia (hiatal hernia)
  • Peptic ulcers and insufficient digestive enzymes
  • Asthma
  • Smoking

Below is a list of foods/drinks that commonly cause irritation and/or heartburn:

  • Alcohol
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Chili and chili powder
  • Citrus fruit,  
  • Coffee
  • Garlic
  • Spicy food
  • Tomatoes
  • Vinegar

 If you have any of the symptoms listed above you should consult with your doctor right away so that you could be on the right track again. Remember occasional heartburn is normal, living with pain is not.
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The great benefits of Bananas for your tummy!

Diarrhea? Constipated? Lacking potassium? Have a banana!

Bananas, natures natural aid in helping with digestive issues.  

Bananas have been around since the beginning of time, many which have been used as a quick snack, baby food or even as a snack to many animals.

The benefits of  bbananas are that they are high in fiber, a carbohydrate that helps regulate your digestive system. In fact research has shown that eating bananas may even reduce your risk for stomach cancer. the potassium in bananas can actually help you feel better when you're stressed. High stress levels tend to deplete our bodies' potassium, so eating a banana can help balance you out when your body exhausted due to stress, allowing you to bounce back faster and be happy again!



Bananas also contain pectin, which helps improve overall digestion and prevents constipation. pectin, a soluble polysaccharides that helps normalize the digestive tract is found in bananas. The high allowances of potassium in bananas can restock electrolytes that are effortlessly depleted when suffering from diarrhea and dehydration -- potassium being an important electrolyte itself.


The potassium found in bananas has one side effect that comes as great news for our kidneys. When you get enough potassium, your body is less likely to lose calcium in your urine. That keeps your kidneys functioning at their prime while also reducing the risk of kidney stones. In general, eating fruits can be extremely beneficial when it comes to preventing kidney cancer. The reason? Bananas, have high levels of antioxidant phenolic compounds, which help protect the kidneys.

Banana time anyone?

Colitis Symptoms

Symptoms of colitis will depend upon the type of colitis that is present, but in general, colitis most often is associated with abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Here are the signs and symptoms that may accompany ulcerative colitis:


• Ulcerative proctitis.  Inflammation is closest to the anus (rectum), and for some people, rectal bleeding may be the only sign of the disease. Others may have rectal pain and a feeling of urgency. This form of ulcerative colitis tends to be the mildest.


• Proctosigmoiditis. This form involves the rectum and the lower end of the colon, known as the sigmoid colon. Bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps and pain, and an inability to move the bowels in spite of the urge to do so (tenesmus) are common problems associated with this form of the disease.


• Left-sided colitis.  inflammation extends from the rectum up through the sigmoid and descending colon, which are located in the upper left part of the abdomen. Signs and symptoms include bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and pain on the left side.
• Pancolitis. Often affecting the entire colon, pancolitis causes bloody diarrhea that may be severe, abdominal cramps, pain, fatigue, and significant weight loss.


• Fulminant colitis. This life-threatening form of colitis affects the entire colon and causes severe pain, profuse diarrhea and, sometimes, dehydration and shock.
The course of ulcerative colitis varies, with periods of acute illness often alternating with periods of remission. But over time, the severity of the disease usually remains the same. Most people with a milder condition, such as ulcerative proctitis, won't go on to develop more-severe signs and symptoms.


When to see a doctor


See your doctor if you experience a persistent change in your bowel habits or if you have any of the signs and symptoms of ulcerative colitis, such as:


• Abdominal pain


• Blood in your stool


• Ongoing bouts of diarrhea that don't respond to over-the-counter (OTC) medications


• An unexplained fever lasting more than a day or two







The way your poop should look!

Ever wondered what your poop should look like?

Silly question, but actually one of the most common questions we get asked ... 

Heres a little information we gathered up for you on how to analyze your digestive left overs!
 

Color: Brown, Bowel movements are generally brown in color because of bile, which is produced in the liver.



When to worry: If stool is black, it can mean that you are bleeding internally, possibly as a result of an ulcer or cancer. Stool that is black due to bleeding is known to also be "sticky" (tarry) and smell bad. However, black stools are common when taking a vitamin that contains iron or medications that contain bismuth subsalicylate.


Stool that is light in color -- like grey clay -- can also mean trouble if it’s a change from what you normally see. Although it doesn’t happen often, very light-colored stool can indicate a block in the flow of bile or liver disease.

 

Odor: Bowel movements usually smell which is  a good sign that your gut is abundant with bacteria that is working hard to keep you healthy.

Your intestines are swarming with trillions upon trillions of bacteria that enhance digestive and metabolic processes. They are also the reason why poop smells -- a direct result of the bacterial activity in your GI tract.


Blood in the Stool
Blood in your stool could be a symptom of something as significant as cancer and warrants a call to your doctor right away -- even if you think it could be hemorrhoids, or tiny tears in the anal tissue, as a result of constipation and straining, he says. If you’re over 50, or if you have a family history of colorectal cancer, a colonoscopy is probably in order.





Other warning signs to watch for when your bowel movements have taken a turn for the worse are fever, abdominal pain, or dehydration -- any one of which could be tied to GI trouble, such as a virus, appendicitis, or food poisoning.




Tricks to keeping your poop on track are simple ones:

A healthy diet high in fiber, lots of water, and regular exercise.
To read in detail about other great tips to increase your bowel movements please visit through our glossary of blogs.


Why Breakfast Is So Important for our overall health!

Breakfast the most important meal of the day, yet the one gets overlooked at the most.

Studies show that an empty stomach lowers your metabolic rate and slows down your digestive system. The result is a dip in energy levels.



This is the point where people crave carbohydrate foods like: pastries, bagels and  fried foods. All of these seem to be carbs because our bodies crave carbs for the quick energy they provide. This is because our sugar levels have dropped and our pancreas realizes our blood needs more sugar.


For someone who doesn’t eat properly or regularly, this cycle continues throughout the day. These erratic up and down cycles are a huge strain on our systems, our bodies become accustomed to quick energy sources and automatically store food “in case another low comes around” and before we know it, the weight begins to pile on which is where obesity and diabetes come to play.




So how does this relate to your digestive system?

Well lets just say you dont want your body to go into starvation mood which can put you off balance for the rest of the day and lets not forget that fact that it can make you gain weight!