A belch simply means you have accumulated a build-up of air in your stomach, and your body want to get rid of it to reduce the pressure. What goes in must come out. And when it does, the distinctive sound it makes is the belch (a.k.a. burp). What you can do to prevent burping • Avoid carbonated drinks. Ever open a fizzy soda after it’s been shaken? A similarly explosive … [Read more...] about Natural Home Remedies for Belching to Soothe a Bothered Belly
If your first instinct when you’re constipated is to reach for the laxatives, chances are you don’t need one. The best way to get “regular” again is to eat more fibre, drink more fluids and exercise. Fix it with fiber • Start off the day with a high-fiber bran cereal. Some brands contain as much as 14 grams of insoluble fiber, the kind that adds bulk to stool. If you’re new … [Read more...] about Natural Home Remedies for Constipation to Just Get Things Going
You may have luck with the following comforting cures. However, no matter which teas or chewables you choose, you’ll certainly want to cast a critical eye on the foods you eat—as well as how often you and how much you munch. There’s no free parking in your GI tract. Once it’s in, you pay the price. Well-rooted traditions • Ginger is justifiably famous for setting stomach … [Read more...] about Natural Home Remedies for Indigestion That Your Tummy Will Love
Normally, as food goes through your digestive tract, the large intestine soaks up extra water. Sometimes, though, it doesn’t, and you get rid of the fluid in your stool—a bothersome problem we call diarrhea. What you can do for diarrhea • It’s important to keep replacing your body’s supply of water and electrolytes, which include sodium, potassium and chloride. Mix up the … [Read more...] about Natural Home Remedies for Diarrhea to Just. Make. It. Stop.
While nausea can be caused by motion sickness, morning sickness and the stomach flu, sometimes it's no more than a natural reaction to something you've eaten—something bad the body wants to get rid of. A concussion, heart attack, some types of cancer and chemotherapy can also trigger nausea. Try these home remedies to calm the waves. What you can do for nausea • Drinks … [Read more...] about Natural Home Remedies for Nausea Your Tummy Will Appreciate
When stomach acid backs up into your esophagus, you feel a burning pain. Large meals as well as certain foods can lead to heartburn. You’re more likely to have heartburn if you’re pregnant, overweight or a smoker, or if you have a condition called hiatal hernia. Some medications, including aspirin, certain antibiotics and some antidepressants and sedatives, may aggravate … [Read more...] about Heartburn Natural Home Remedies to Feel Better Fast
Since there’s no sure cure for IBS, people develop their own ways of living with the enemy. The key: Don’t become discouraged. Dietary changes and stress-relief tactics should provide a significant dose of relief. For more insurance, combine them with one of the alternative therapies noted below. Once you have a system for controlling your symptoms, IBS will surely put less of … [Read more...] about Natural Home Remedies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Even Your Doctor Would Approve
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease in which the intestine is damaged by gluten (the protein found in many foods such as wheat, rye and more), which makes finding foods that are both edible and delicious tricky. These celiac-friendly foods tend to be naturally gluten free (and delicious and nutritious!). … [Read more...] about Naturally Gluten-Free Foods: 7 Foods People With Celiac Love
Tour a Colon Ever considered your colon? Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in America (when men and women are combine), yet the disease is about 90 percent curable if caught and treated early. To promote regular screening, the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada takes its giant inflatable colon on tour. The 40-foot-wide pink tunnel shows … [Read more...] about Inside Your Colon: What 6 Serious Digestive Problems Really Look Like
1. Skip the salt shaker The sodium found in salt encourages your body to retain water. Of course, the majority of our daily sodium intake comes from processed foods, so be sure to read nutrition labels, and watch out for salty snacks. Instead of salt, add some flavor to dishes with grated lemon rind or your favorite fresh or dried herbs. 2. Chew food slowly and … [Read more...] about Get a Flatter Stomach: 5 Eating Habits to Beat Belly Bloat
We all have that friend with a cast iron stomach who travels to foreign countries and hits the buffet with impetuous abandon, never suffering a food hangover or gaining a pound. And then there are the rest of us, whose mercurial middles are prone to weight gain, indigestion, and even more. What's going on? Well, we can thank (or indict) our gut's microbial makeup. By the … [Read more...] about 3 Things Your Stomach is Trying to Tell You About Your Health
Why is my stomach hurting? Your digestive tract is one of your body’s most vital systems—it takes your food on an amazing journey once your lunch leaves your lips. First, it travels down the esophagus to the stomach, where acids start breaking it down so your body can use it. After a few hours of digestion, your food then moves through the small intestine, where most of its … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons Your Stomach Hurts and How to Decode Your Symptoms
1. Myth: I should have a bowel movement at least once a day. Truth: Not necessarily says Ted Xenodemetropoulos, MD, assistant professor in the division of gastroenterology at McMaster University. “There’s this idea that one well-formed, easy to pass, rather soft bowel motion is what we’d define as a normal bowel habit but the reality is there’s quite a bit of variation,” says … [Read more...] about 4 Myths About Constipation and Gas You Need to Stop Believing
1. Cut back on salt Reduce the amount of salt you are eating to reduce water retention and bloating. Watch for hidden sources of sodium. "Over 80 percent of our daily sodium intake does not come from the salt shaker, but rather from processed and packaged foods," says nutritionist Victoria Orlewicz. … [Read more...] about 7 Ways to Beat Belly Bloat Naturally
Our digestive systems continuously extract water and nutrients from an astonishing amount of solid foods and liquids over our lifetimes, all the while fending off nasty microbes and processing waste. What we put into our stomachs is so important that it affects whether we feel well, how flat our bellies are, and even our chances of avoiding certain cancers. When it comes to … [Read more...] about The Best Foods to Eat for a Healthy Gut
Here is a primer on the differences between these IBS and IBD. If you suspect you have one of them, ask your doctor for specific diagnostic tests such as colonoscopy, endoscopy, and imaging techniques such as CT, ultrasound, and MRI. Routine blood and stool tests should be conducted to rule out other possible conditions. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) • Ulcerative … [Read more...] about Is It IBD or IBS? The Key Differences to Know
Not only are the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) pesky and embarrassing, they’re often downright painful. While there’s still a lot we don't know about this gastrointestinal disorder, what we do know is that the accompanying gas, cramps, constipation and diarrhea can often be worsened (or relieved) depending on how and what you eat. Try these nine tips to eat better … [Read more...] about 9 Tips For Eating When You Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Diet advice for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may seem to conflict with general healthy eating principles, as it suggests that you hold back on spices and think twice before eating fresh fruit and vegetables. Nevertheless, research indicates that doing this may help reduce the pain associated with IBD. Characterized by persistent inflammation of the intestinal tract, IBD … [Read more...] about 7 Diet Rules for Eating Well With Crohn’s Disease or Colitis
Karen Gamble thought she just had a “bad stomach” and would have to live with it. Over-the-counter remedies did very little to relieve symptoms for the library technician in her early 50s. “Sometimes I missed work or had to go home because I was getting such bad cramps that I could barely stand up,” says Gamble, now 58. “I had alternating constipation and diarrhea, which left … [Read more...] about Could You Have Crohn’s or Colitis? When Stomach Symptoms Are More Serious Than You Think
Willow Wight had osteoporosis. Nancy Adrian suffered from intestinal distress. Maria MacKinnon struggled with anemia and fatigue. I had irritable bowel syndrome and irregular ovulation. These are very different medical issues, but in each of our cases was the result of one thing: celiac disease. It’s an immune disorder that is triggered by eating gluten, a protein present … [Read more...] about Could Celiac Disease Be Causing Your Health Problems?
When I was a toddler, I struggled with chronic diarrhea, severe malnutrition, weight loss and fatigue. My hair was falling out and my stomach was distended. My parents took me from specialist to specialist to find out why I was failing to thrive, and I ended up in hospital for nearly two months with a diagnosis of terminal cancer. One day, while still hospitalized, I was eating … [Read more...] about This Is What It’s Really Like to Live With Celiac Disease
Celiac Disease: An Autoimmune Disease For those with this autoimmune disease, ingesting even the smallest amount of gluten sets off a reaction in the small intestine. Over time, this damages the intestinal lining, preventing your body from absorbing nutrients such as carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins and minerals. Untreated celiac can lead to serious health problems, … [Read more...] about Celiac Disease Vs. Gluten Sensivity: What’s the Difference?
We all know the signs of constipation: abdominal bloating; straining; and lumpy, hard stools. But most of us don’t know how frequently we should be “going.” According to experts, don't worry if you go only every other day and your husband or sister goes twice a day; both patterns are fine. “Anything from three times a week to three times a day is normal,” says John Marshall, … [Read more...] about Why Am I Constipated? 7 Ways to Feel Better Again
Probiotics are widely known as “friendly bacteria” that help maintain a healthy digestive system. They also boost immunity, and many healthcare practitioners recommend you have them daily. (When buying supplements, choose brands that have from 50 billion to 450 billion flora per dose.) Now researchers think some probiotics can also improve mental health, and they've come up … [Read more...] about Could Probiotics Boost Your Mood, Or Even Fight Depression?
For women, feeling bloated and gassy in the days leading up to their menstrual periods is common and driven by fluctuating hormone levels. At other times of the month, passing gas up to 15 times a day is considered normal, says Maitreyi Raman, MD, a gastroenterologist and clinical associate professor at the University of Calgary and co-author of The Complete IBS Health and Diet … [Read more...] about Beat Bloating: 10 of the Best and Worst Things You Can Do