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7 Signs and Health Issues Related to an Unhealthy Gut

What is gut health, and why does it matter? Up until a few decades ago, no one would’ve guessed that the “gut” — the collection of organs and structures that make up the digestive system, and the trillions of bacteria housed within — played such an important role in non-digestive processes.  Among other things, an unhealthy gut can affect metabolism and immunity, all the way to supporting mental health and warding off chronic disease. To say that the gut is...
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The Low FODMAP Diet for IBS: Why It Isn’t Just Another Food Trend

If you struggle with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you’ve probably heard of the low FODMAP diet. FODMAP stands for fermentable oligo, di-, monosaccharides and polyols (phew, try saying that five times fast!), which are specific groups of foods that are hard to digest and absorb, particularly in people with IBS. What is the low FODMAPs diet? Developed in the early 2000’s by a team of researchers led by Australian nutritionist Sue Shepherd, the purpose of the low FODMAP diet is...
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Poor Gut Health Might be Connected to Severe COVID-19

For decades, scientists have been studying the role the human microbiome plays on health. The gastrointestinal tract, or simply the “gut,” is made up of a series of organs essential for breaking down food, absorbing nutrients, and excreting waste. But it also harbors a vibrant, complex community of trillions of bacteria, fungi, and other microbes that together make up the gut microbiome. In addition to controlling digestion, the gut microbiome is in constant close communication with the immune system. In...
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Psyllium – Dietary Fiber, Health Benefits and Uses

Dietary fiber, sometimes called roughage, is a fundamental component of a healthy diet. It is found naturally in various fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. While it is mainly known for its digestive benefits, fiber plays an essential role in your overall health. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber absorbs water and gets broken down into a gel-like substance that supports digestion and improves blood glucose control. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to the stool and...
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9 Health Conditions Associated with Migraines

There’s no question about it: migraines can be extremely painful and debilitating. Unfortunately, they can be even more challenging when a migraine sufferer has other health conditions which can also exacerbate their tendency to migraine and headaches. Migraines are associated with many other disorders including neurological and psychiatric disorders. When migraine occurs together with other illnesses at a greater coincidental rate than is seen in the general population, the occurrences are called “comorbidities”.  A comorbid illness can create challenges when...
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Increase Risk of Migraine in Patients with Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity, IBS

Increased risk of migraine in patients with Celiac Disease, gluten sensitivity and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD, Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis) Previous studies disclosed the increased risk of experiencing migraines in patients with Celiac Disease.  Now a study done at Columbia University Medical Center found that patients with Celiac Disease or gluten sensitivity or IBD had respectively higher increased risks of having migraines than people who didn’t suffer with these conditions, of 3.79, 9.3 and 2.66 times. If you are a...
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