The importance of fiber in the diet cannot be overemphasized. Dietary fiber—what we used to call “roughage” or “bulk”—can help prevent or alleviate chronic constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, IBS, and possibly colorectal cancer. There is some early evidence suggesting that a high-fiber diet may lessen or prevent food allergies, and dietary
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It’s time to talk about constipation. Infrequent bowel movements or difficulty passing stools is extremely common, particularly for older adults. Chronic constipation affects up to 40 percent of adults over age 60 and, in a 2017 study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing, older adults reported this ongoing condition
An early diagnosis for colorectal cancer is the best chance for successful treatment, and colonoscopy remains the gold standard screening test for the disease, since your doctor can remove any potentially cancerous growths during the procedure. Even so, colonoscopy rates still aren’t where they should be, according to federal data
Being constipated stinks—your bowel movements are dry, almost painful to pass, with little relief. Worse yet, you can manage to push something through only a couple of days a week. You feel bloated, fatigued, and just plain uncomfortable. It’s all you can think about. And, after a week or so,
The final phase of digestion takes place in the last several inches of the colon, which are known as the rectum. This is where stool is stored until being passed during a bowel movement via the anal canal and anus. Even though this is a small area of the entire
It’s said that you are what you eat. Your diet dictates your overall health and wellbeing. The right foods feed your body the nutrients it needs to maintain an active lifestyle, keep your brain alert, and protect you from illness and disease.
But there is much more going on every time
After the small intestine, digested food moves through the six-foot-long large intestine (also known as the colon) where water, some nutrients, and electrolytes are absorbed. The remaining solid waste then travels from the colon into the rectum as stool. It is in the colon where people suffer from many of
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is caused by weakened support structures that keep a woman’s vagina, uterus, bladder, rectum, and other pelvic organs in place.
POP affects up to 50 percent of women over the age of 50, but it can occur earlier in a woman’s life, especially if she has had
There are many health conditions that can affect your gastrointestinal (GI) tract and cause uncomfortable, embarrassing, and inconvenient symptoms like constipation, gas, and bloating. But what if you can’t blame a specific health condition? You and your doctor have confirmed you don’t have irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease or lactose
The word “hemorrhoid” is actually a medical term for cushions of tissue that surround blood vessels in the anal area. But what most of us would call a hemorrhoid occurs when this tissue prolapses through the sphincter muscle, exposing the delicate skin lining the rectum. Unfortunately you become more vulnerable