What is a digestive disorder?
Digestive orders are increasingly common and refer to any kind of disorder which affects the digestive system.
This includes heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and constipation.
Managing digestive disorders naturally
Depending on the digestive disorder, there may be a specific diet for your condition.
The low FODMAP diet can result in big improvements for those with IBS whereas a low residue diet can help manage IBD flare-ups.
If you have any serious symptoms such as significant unexplained weight loss, diarrhea which persists for more than two days, severe pain or black/bloody stools then you should seek medical advice as soon as possible.
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The Gut-Brain Axis Explained in Plain English
One of the most cutting-edge areas of research involves the ‘gut-brain axis’ – the connection between the brain, gut, and microbiome and its potentially huge influence over our health.
Only recently have scientists started to better understand the gut-brain-microbiome axis and how it can impact not only physical and digestive issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but also mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.
This article investigates our current understanding of what the gut-brain axis is, the role of the gut microbiome, and how our physical and mental health can be compromised when communication between one or more parts along this axis becomes faulty.
Fecal Impaction: How To Come Unstuck From an Impacted Bowel
[Last updated 7th of March, 2023]
Fecal impaction is fairly common, particularly in older adults and people who are bedridden.
In fact, one study found that 42% of seniors in a geriatric ward had experienced it (1).
It’s not usually a big deal once its resolved, but untreated impaction can result in very serious medical complications. It can also increase the risk of future impactions.
So what is fecal impaction, and can it be treated at home? Let’s take a look at the evidence.
Can You Treat H. Pylori Naturally? A Look At Tests, Symptoms and Proven Treatments
[Last Updated 5th October, 2019]
H. pylori is a very common bacteria.
Many people have it and don’t even realize it. However, it’s sometimes difficult to treat and can cause serious health problems in some cases.
Certain foods and supplements have been reported to fight H. pylori alone and in combination with standard medical treatments.
This article explores how well diet and other natural treatments work against H. pylori.
A Beginner’s Guide to Ischemic Colitis: Symptoms, Treatment and Diet
[Last updated 7th March, 2023]
Any sort of abdominal pain can be frustrating.
Add bloody stool to the mix, and it can turn downright scary.
Often these types of symptoms are linked to an issue in the gut, and they may be tricky to diagnose and ultimately treat.
Ischemic colitis is one of these conditions, and it’s often confused with other inflammatory bowel diseases.
This article clears up any confusion about what ischemic colitis is and the best short- and long-term treatments and dietary plans to keep symptoms at bay.[Discover More…]
Microscopic Colitis And Diet: Beginner’s Guide To Treating Collagenous and Lymphocytic Colitis
[Last updated 11th of April, 2023]
Chronic and frequent diarrhea can make anyone’s life miserable.
This is what those with microscopic colitis deal with on a nearly daily basis.
This inflammatory condition of the colon, broken down into two forms—collagenous and lymphocytic colitis—is becoming increasingly common, with more people seeking quick relief.
Here, we explore the best treatments for both forms of microscopic colitis and how diet and lifestyle changes may be your best long-term course of action.[Discover More…]
Fecal Microbiota Transplants: Does It Work Like Magical Poop?
[Last updated 14th August, 2018]
A fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) is a procedure where fecal matter, or stool, is collected from a healthy donor and transplanted to a recipient.
Its purpose is to replace good bacteria in the colon and help restore the individual back to good health.
While it may sound like an extreme approach, FMT can provide astonishing results when used appropriately.
This article reviews how FMT works, the risks involved, and who may benefit. You’ll also learn about the future applications of this intriguing therapy.[Discover More…]