Tag: digestive disorders

Salmonella Poisoning: How to Avoid a Common Food-Borne Illness

Salmonella Poisoning: How to Avoid a Common Food-Borne Illness

You might think salmonella poisoning means contaminated salmon, but it doesn’t! Contrary to its name, it’s more commonly linked to chicken than fish. More specifically, salmonella (salmonellosis) is a bacterial infection that affects your gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

There are more than 250 food-borne illnesses, and salmonella is one of the most

Refined Carbs: Are They Our Worst Enemy?

Refined Carbs: Are They Our Worst Enemy?

You’ve heard it before—food is fuel. The energy we get from food comes from three “macronutrients”—protein, fat and carbohydrates. Food also provides us with about 40 micronutrients: vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients (plant chemicals). Nutrients work together (nutrient synergism) and a diet rich in a variety of whole food fruits

Phosphorus Foods: Balance, as Always, Is the Key

Phosphorus Foods: Balance, as Always, Is the Key

The minerals you absorb from consuming a healthy diet are more important to your well-being than you might realize. Phosphorus, for example, is the second-most-plentiful mineral in your body, next to calcium. And what does phosphorus do for us? Approximately 85 percent of the body’s phosphorus is in bones and

8. Diseases and Disorders of the Small Intestine

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

2. Diagnostic Tests

In many cases, a digestive disorder can be diagnosed from common symptoms, a physical exam, and simple blood tests. But many digestive disorders share symptoms, making diagnosis tricky. Plus, some diseases, like colon cancer, need to be detected before symptoms appear so they can be effectively treated. In these incidences,

From the Editor

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

9. Diseases and Disorders of the Colon

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

This Is Your Brain on Vitamin D

Natural vitamin D production is an elegant idea: Spend time outside and your body will simply soak up what it needs directly from the sun. For people who spent most of their time outdoors and live near the equator, it works beautifully, but for office workers in Minnesota and most

Use Herbs and Spices to Eat More Healthfully

As you focus on eating more healthfully, it often can be difficult to give up less-healthy things you are used to, such as sodium, sugar, and fried foods. But, there is a plethora of savory herbs and spices available in the U.S. today from all around the world. If you

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