According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH), digestive disorders affect 60 to 70 million people in the United States. That number is staggering and it clearly indicates we need to take much better care of our digestive health! There are many different digestive disorders
Shingles—officially known as herpes zoster—is an infection of a nerve and the area of skin supplied by the nerve. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus, a virus in the herpes family that also causes chickenpox. After a person has chickenpox, some virus particles remain inactive in the nerve
Today’s popular eating plans—among them the ketogenic diet—often focus on reducing carbohydrates, limiting sugar intake, and eliminating processed foods. These diets are typically high in fat, so if you follow one, it’s important to understand the difference between healthy fats and those you should avoid. A diet low in carbohydrates
Gastritis is an inflammation or irritation of the lining of the stomach. It can occur suddenly (acute gastritis), lasting one to three days, or it can be chronic, lasting several days to weeks. Can a gastritis diet help relieve symptoms? Fortunately, it can, as we’ll find out below.
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The gut microbiota—a community of trillions of bacteria and other microbes that live in the human digestive tract—may have a powerful impact on human health. The study of the microbiota (or microbiome) is a major frontier in nutrition research, as scientists work to understand how these organisms interact with our
Asthma is a chronic disease that often starts in childhood but can occur for the first time in adulthood, even later in life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 18.4 million adults and 6.2 million children in the United States have asthma.
Asthma causes inflammation in the
When I was a student, I used to get sick every Christmas break. I’d make it through the stress of midterm exams in mid-December and be looking forward to a two-week break from school. Then—voila—I’d come down with a nasty cold or the flu and be miserable for a good
Most of us crave sugar occasionally (or, perhaps, often), especially during the holidays or at parties with well-stocked dessert tables. Sugar is delicious, plain and simple—not to mention that when it comes from natural sources, it fuels our bodies with much-needed energy. But if you have a nagging sweet tooth
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
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