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5 Hardest Foods to Digest

Plus simple advice to better digest any food you eat. Indigestion by any other name—gas, bellyache, heartburn, upset stomach, bloating—is still indigestion, or the inability to digest food properly. Whatever you call it, a digestive problem can be inconvenient at best, and often downright painful. ...

The Relaxation Response for IBS and IBD

This stress reduction technique can soothe symptoms in IBS and IBD patients—here’s how you can benefit. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a common gastrointestinal problem, affects between 25 and 45 million people in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health. And 1.6 million Americans are living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), in which inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract hinders its ability to function properly.

8 Important Facts About IBS

What you may not know about irritable bowel syndrome. If you were recently diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you may have some questions about what it means for your health. Is it a form of inflammatory bowel disease? Can it lead to other diseases, such as cancer? We asked Matilda N. Hagan, M.

11 Natural and Homeopathic Ways to Relieve Diarrhea

Sure, you can reach for pink bismuth, the old standby. But if you're interested in a different approach, keep reading. When diarrhea strikes, you may want to explore some of the natural remedies on the market today. There are a variety of options sold in health food stores, grocery stores, and online that can help you to manage the worst of the discomfort. "But in order...

Link Between Digestive Diseases and Migraines?

Studies shed light on the possibility that your migraines are connected to digestive disorders. If you suffer from migraines, you might assume the problem is, literally, all in your head. But studies shed light on the possibility that your migraines are connected to celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder whose hallmark is destruction of the villi in the small intestine when gluten is eaten, as well as other digestive conditions.

Got IBS? Lower Your FODMAPs For Relief

GI specialists say 70 percent of people with IBS can reduce their symptoms by following a low-FODMAP diet. What are FODMAPs, and what role do they play in digestion? Up to 20 percent of Americans are estimated to have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). They put up with symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, and diarrhea. While there is no cure for IBS, it can be controlled by identifying personal food triggers. Of those affected, emerging data suggests that up to 70 percent may find relief by following a low-FODMAP diet.

Is It Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Something Else?

You ve got the symptoms: Abdominal pain, bloating, changes in bowel habits. But how do you know if it's actually IBS? The most common irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms—abdominal pain, flatulence, diarrhea, bloating, or constipation—are the uncomfortable and inconvenient gastrointestinal (GI) complaints that bring many patients to their doctor, says Steven Lamm, MD, author of No Guts, No Glory (Basic Health Publications, 2012).

IBS: Real Condition, Real Symptoms

An estimated 10 to 20 percent of the population is living with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). What may be worse: they may also be living with the mistaken notion that it's all in their head. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) has traditionally been difficult-to-define. Usually composed of a cluster of complaints-bloating, abdominal cramping, gas, diarrhea and constipation-that come and go. But new research points to several triggers of the problem (not just a single cause) and an article in the New England Journal of Medicine stated a review of data found that IBS symptoms are definitely not "all in the head.

5 Digestive To-Dos

Do chew your food slowly. Do eat a vinegar-dressed salad after your meal. Plus three more stomach-smart ideas. Though the process is the same, everyone digests food differently. Advice that works for one person doesn't always work for another. But, what about those tips you may have heard over and over. Do they work? We asked Bernadette Armiento, holistic health counselor and founder of ShiningLifeNutrition.

Could Gut Bacteria Cause Your IBS?

Health experts suspected bacteria played a role in Irritable Bowel Syndrome, but the research was inconclusive. Until now. A researcher from Cedars-Sinai has used bacterial cultures to link IBS to an overgrowth of bacteria in the gut. The study, published in the May 2012 issue of Digestive Diseases and Science, supports previous findings from clinical trials that antibiotics are an effective treatment for IBS.