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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

Bristol Stool Chart: What It Can Tell You About Your Health

Bristol Stool Chart: What It Can Tell You About Your Health

Do you use the Bristol Stool Chart? It’s a human-poop evaluation guide developed at the British Royal Infirmary in 1997. It can help you determine if your feces are normal. The Bristol Stool Chart is widely used in clinical settings, especially with patients battling irritable bowel syndrome.

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9. Handling Caregiver Stress

When a family member or close friend has Alzheimer’s disease, the focus of attention naturally shifts to the needs of the person with the condition. Decisions must be made about living arrangements, caregiving, and financial and legal matters. The people who will be caregivers must learn how best to assist

The Best Probiotics for Resolving Digestive Distress

Probiotics are considered “good” bacteria because they support digestive function and limit the growth of “bad” bacteria. In addition to yogurt and other fermented foods, they are available in supplement form, but it can be daunting to choose from the numerous products at most pharmacies and health food stores. Before

Fabulous Fermented Foods

Fermented foods may be the oldest “new” food trend around. The process is as old as civilization itself, and fermented foods are consumed in nearly every culture in the world. While researchers attempt to tease out how the changes caused by fermentation actually impact health, many not-fully-substantiated health claims are

Joint Inflammation Is Easy to Recognize, But Difficult to Treat

Joint Inflammation Is Easy to Recognize, But Difficult to Treat

Joint inflammation is easily recognizable—it’s a condition that affects 80 percent of the world’s population. You’ll know inflammation by its symptoms: pain, warmth, redness, swelling, and perhaps loss of joint function. The symptoms are uncomfortable but manageable with rest, ice, compression, elevation—the classic “RICE” treatment—and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like

Fibromyalgia Diet May Help Control Pain

Fibromyalgia Diet May Help Control Pain

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FM) is a chronic pain condition that causes aches and discomfort throughout the body. It also causes fatigue, sleep disruption, and damage to mood and memory. While there are a slew of treatment options for this condition ranging from infrared saunas to medications to supplements, new research shows

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

1. How Your Digestive System Works

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

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

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