Tag: bowel movements

How Important Is Bowel Elimination?

How Important Is Bowel Elimination?

Every day you eat a few meals and snacks and wash them down with some beverages. That’s usually the last thought you give to your food. But what goes in must come out. Your food travels the length of your digestive tract where vital nutrients are absorbed, healthy bacteria are (hopefully) nourished, and waste is removed from the body. You…

Probiotics Ease Colic, Reflux, and Constipation during Infancy

Infants given a daily probiotic for the first three months of life experience less colic, reflux, and constipation, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics. Almost 600 infants were involved in the study, half of whom received the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri and the other half a placebo. Duration of crying and number…

Probiotics + Prebiotics = Constipation Relief

Probiotics are friendly bacteria that are beneficial to the person consuming them. Prebiotics are soluble fibers that increase the amount of beneficial bacteria in the gut. In essence, prebiotics act as food for the probiotics, helping to support their growth. Taking the two supplements together is often recommended as a way to optimize gut bacterial balance and improve digestive health.…

Multistrain Probiotics for Constipation During Pregnancy

Constipation is common during pregnancy, occurring in 11 to 38 percent of pregnant women. It usually appears during the third trimester but less commonly during the second trimester. It is thought that increasing progesterone and estrogen hormones during pregnancy may be responsible due to the inhibitory effect these hormones can have on the colon’s ability to contract (and thus, move…

Does Parkinson’s Disease Originate in the Gut?

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the most common serious movement disorder and second most common neurodegenerative disorder in the world (the first being Alzheimer’s disease).1,2 PD involves loss of neurons in the specific area of the brain that controls motor movement—the substantia nigra. Parkinson’s disease involves the gradual death of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra and the presence of Lewy…

Eat Your Way to Better Digestion

“Renew You” Challenge – Be a part of my Weekly Challenge to help set you off in the right direction for bringing health to your week. So this week I wanted to challenge the way you eat.  Heartburn, indigestion, gas and bloating. At one time or another you’ve probably experienced a bout of post-meal discomfort that had you thinking, “What on earth did…

Rate Your Poop

Now I bet just the title of this post had you curious, didn’t it? That’s because poop is fascinating—take it from me! So before you start to chuckle about today’s Health Link, remember that investigating the look and consistency of your stool is one of the best ways to determine how healthy you are overall, so check out the Bristol…

You are what you eat!

Health Links Wednesday Just How Much Do I Need? I’m always telling folks how important it is to eat their fruits and veggies. Not only are they a great source of nutrients, but they’re also loaded with fiber, which is important for good digestion and keeping your bowel movements regular – and remember that good digestion equals a healthier body!…