Once you’ve reached your senior years, there’s a better-than-average chance you have diverticulosis, the development of small pockets, or diverticula, in the muscular layers of the colon (large intestine). Sounds serious, right? Not always. In fact, most of the time these pockets are harmless. But, about four out of 100
“Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day.” You’ve likely been hearing that mantra forever, and it’s worthy advice for staying hydrated. But is “eight glasses per day” a science-based recommendation—or one of those old axioms repeated so often that it’s become known as fact? The truth is, there are
From elaborate brunches to elegant evening meals, the holidays are filled with opportunities to enjoy culinary creations. But, if you easily get bloated and gassy, eating at holiday gatherings may make you a little nervous.
“Since older adults tend to eat less to begin with, bloat can be dangerous in that
You’re achy and stuffy and your throat feels like you swallowed sandpaper. Congratulations! You’ve got a cold. Now what? From eating chicken soup to sleeping in wet socks, people try a multitude of cures for the common cold. One of the best scientifically proven remedies, however, can be found in
Whether you live in the United States or Canada, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about E. coli in the news over the past few months. That’s because since mid-November 2017, dozens of people have become ill and, tragically, two people have died in Canada and the U.S. from the
Trigger finger happens when a finger gets stuck in a bent position, but the finger in question is not the one most people associate with pulling a trigger. Rather, the ring finger and the thumb are most often affected by this condition, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects about 10 million Americans, although many of those people may not be aware they have this common circulation problem. That’s because peripheral artery symptoms include pain and weakness in the leg, as well as sores on the legs and feet that don’t heal. The symptoms are
The small intestine—which is about 22 feet long—is where much of the digestion process takes place as nutrients are broken down into sugar, amino acids, and fatty acids before they enter the bloodstream. Here is a look at some of the conditions that can affect the health of the small
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
Your digestion is a vast and complex system. Every day, it works to digest food and absorb vital nutrients your body needs to stay strong, active, and healthy. Its dense network of nerves also can affect how you think and feel—in fact, some refer to the digestive system as our