Tag: Digestive Issues

Simple Breathing Exercises Bring Instant Calm

Simple Breathing Exercises Bring Instant Calm

Relax and take a deep breath. It’s a common recommendation from physicians and friends who seek to help you reach a state of calm when you’re feeling frazzled. Breathing is an essential and automatic function.

But with deliberate focus on breathing, it’s a proven tool for healing and well-being. With

How to Treat an Impacted Bowel

How to Treat an Impacted Bowel

An impacted bowel is one of the more unpleasant digestive issues you can experience. Bowel obstruction symptoms occur when a mass of dry, hard stool will not pass out of the colon or rectum. Bowel impaction can become a serious issue if not treated, and in extreme cases may even

Probiotic Foods: Best Choices and Supplements

Probiotic Foods: Best Choices and Supplements

At any given time, trillions of bacteria live in your body, many of which reside in the large intestine. This colonic community of bacteria, known as the gut microbiota, plays a key role in immune function, digestion, weight management, and blood-sugar control, among other functions. Some of these microorganisms cause

Probiotics: Benefits vs. Drawbacks

Probiotics: Benefits vs. Drawbacks

Probiotics are live micro­organisms—bacteria and yeasts—that are commonly referred to as “good” bacteria. Probiotic benefits, experts believe, extend to our digestive health by increasing the population of good bacteria in the intestines, which prevents “bad” bacteria (for example, Clostridium difficile and Escherichia coli) from causing illness.

Yogurt and kefir (a drink

How to Take Oregano Oil

How to Take Oregano Oil

Oil of oregano can be a powerful weapon against all kinds of conditions. In a companion post, we cited “5 Amazing Oregano Oil Benefits.” And in a host of other articles, we dug deeper into the many uses of this natural treatment (see sidebar below: “Oregano Oil vs. Depression, the

10 Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

10 Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

Vitamin D deficiency symptoms have been linked to numerous health problems, including heart disease, depression, and even cancer.[1] Here are 10 signs you’re not getting enough vitamin D:

Depression or anxiety
Bone softening (low bone density) or fractures
Fatigue and generalized weakness
Muscle cramps and weakness
Joint pain (most noticeable in the back and knees)
Blood

Potassium Benefits Your Heart, Bones, and More

Potassium Benefits Your Heart, Bones, and More

Unless your doctor has informed you that you’re deficient in potassium, the most you’ve probably heard about this mineral is that it’s good for you and is found abundantly in bananas. Perhaps it’s time to take closer look at how potassium benefits some of the most important functions of your

Protein Powder Do’s and Don’ts

Protein Powder Do’s and Don’ts

Protein powder is most popular with (and typically marketed to) athletes and bodybuilders. But it also has caught on with a broader range of consumers—people of various ages and activity levels—who are looking to improve their daily diet habits. But what can protein powder actually do for you? And how

6 Health Benefits of Tomatoes

6 Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Few fruits are as versatile as the tomato—we use them to top salads and in sandwiches, they’re the base of ketchup, barbecue sauce, and other popular condiments, and they add both a sweet and savory flavor to soups, stews, gravies, and sauces. Southern Italian cuisine wouldn’t be the same without

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