Digestive Health

Digestive Health

Everyone experiences upset stomach, gas, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea. Occasional, and even chronic, conditions can be controlled with medications, diet or surgery.

Symptoms can range from  mild annoyances, or more serious conditions affecting the digestive system, which is made up of the stomach, esophagus, intestines, and gallbladder. For instance, appendicitis is a condition that causes the appendix—a small pouch attached to the large intestine—to become inflamed. The most common appendicitis symptoms include pain in the abdomen, appetite loss, nausea, vomiting, and a low fever. Appendicitis is treated with antibiotics, and/or surgery to remove the appendix.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a burning feeling in the chest, which occurs when acid backs up from the stomach into the esophagus. Medicines that block acid production or neutralize existing stomach acid can help with symptoms, but surgery is an option if these conservative treatments don’t work.

Too much stomach acid can also contribute to ulcers—sores in the lining of the esophagus, stomach, or small intestine. Pain, burning, bloating, and vomiting are some hallmark ulcer symptoms. Bacteria called H. pylori cause ulcers; antibiotics can treat the infection. Other medicines reduce the amount of acid in the stomach.

The gallbladder is a small organ in the upper right side of the abdomen. It’s main job is to store bile, a fluid that helps with digestion. A number of problems can affect the gallbladder, including stones and inflammation—called cholecystitis.

Sometimes small pouches, called diverticula, form in the walls of the large intestines. They’re caused by pressure on the intestinal walls, such as from straining while having bowel movements. A condition called diverticulitis occurs if these pouches become inflamed or infected. Diverticulitis is common in older adults, affecting almost everyone over age 80. Antibiotics can clear the infection, but if diverticulitis doesn’t get better, surgery may be an option.

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Beware the Bug: C-Diff Symptoms and Treatments

Beware the Bug: C-Diff Symptoms and Treatments

· · Digestive Health

Scientists attribute C-diff’s spread to unnecessary and incorrect use of antibiotics, which can wipe out beneficial bacteria in the gut, opening an opportunity for C. difficile to infect the colon. While C-diff isn’t (yet) drug-resistant, stronger strains of this bacteria are emerging, and the CDC recently identified it as one  … Read More

4 Causes of Gastritis That You Can Treat on Your Own

4 Causes of Gastritis That You Can Treat on Your Own

· · Digestive Health

Gastritis is inflammation or irritation of the lining of the stomach. Stomach inflammation and other discomfort and pain can occur suddenly (acute) lasting one to three days, or it can be chronic, lasting several days to weeks.
When searching for the causes of gastritis pain and discomfort look for:

Heartburn/indigestion (burning feeling  … Read More

SIBO Treatment with Herbs Is as Effective as Antibiotics…

SIBO Treatment with Herbs Is as Effective as Antibiotics…

· · Digestive Health

Many people with chronic gas, bloating, and abdominal pain actually have small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). (Find a full discussion of SIBO symptoms here.)

An increasingly recognized problem, SIBO occurs when bacteria that normally occupy the colon migrate to the small intestine, feast on carbohydrates, and multiply. This causes inflammation in  … Read More

Diverticulitis Definition, Treatments, and Prevention

Diverticulitis Definition, Treatments, and Prevention

· · Digestive Health

What is diverticulitis? Definition-wise, it’s a condition that’s best explained by describing how it starts—and what it starts as. According to The Diverticulitis Foundation of America, half of Americans older than age 60 have diverticulosis, a condition where small pouches (about the size of large peas) called diverticula bulge outward  … Read More

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Download this expert FREE guide, Abdominal Pain: Diverticulitis, stomach ulcer, gastritis, gallbladder pain, and GERD—symptoms and treatments.

Learn more about your digestive system, how it works, why and how it sometimes acts up, and most important, what you can do about it.



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