Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are taken to reduce the pain of heartburn, peptic ulcers, and to relieve gastroesophageal reflux disease, better known as GERD. Once available only by prescription, they are now sold over-the-counter under such brand names as Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec. They are generally meant to be taken
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Atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries, is a disease in which deposits of fatty substances, cholesterol, calcium and fibrin (the protein that forms a blood clot) clump together and form what’s called plaque. That accumulation can restrict blood flow. Lack of good blood flow can have serious and
There are so many different types of “gastritis” that it is difficult and somewhat confusing to come up with a single gastritis definition. That’s why the best treatment for gastritis heavily depends on the specific cause.
Seeing you’re down several pounds or finding your clothes are fitting looser may sound like a good thing—but not when you aren’t trying to lose weight. Unwanted weight loss is of special concern in aging since it could point to an undiagnosed illness, leave you prone to infections or decrease
Leaky gut has been associated with a wide range of disorders, among them asthma, food sensitivities, psoriasis, allergies, and inflammatory bowel diseases. But what is leaky gut?
At its most basic, leaky gut is like having large holes in what is supposed to be tighten woven fabric. The holes allow
Leaky gut has been associated with a wide range of disorders including asthma, food sensitivities, psoriasis, allergies, and inflammatory bowel diseases. At its most basic, leaky gut is like having large holes in what is supposed to tightly woven fabric. The holes allow particles, such as toxins and harmful bacteria,
Do you have piles of magazines in your bathroom? If so, that might be an indication that you’re spending a little too much time on the commode. How you start your day, however, can help you get things moving in the right direction more quickly.
“Something as simple as walking contracts
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 75 percent of the people who have chronic hepatitis C (HCV) are of the baby boomer generation (born between 1945-1965). Most people with HCV feel fine, even though the virus may be slowly damaging the liver.
“Many believe they cannot
Diarrhea is a digestive disorder that happens to just about everyone at some time. Loose, watery stools, cramps, bloating, and frequent bathroom trips are all common symptoms.
So what causes diarrhea? There are all kinds of potential triggers; these are among the most common:
Food intolerances. Lactose intolerance and other conditions that
Most people have taken antibiotics to get rid of a bacterial infection. While those medications have their place, it has also come to light that overprescribing and inappropriately taking antibiotics can negatively impact what is now understood to be very important bacterial colonies that live inside our gut and on