Tag: Stomach

Human Placenta Contains a Community of Microbes

The human microbiome is vast, accounting for 90 percent of our cells. Microbial composition varies from site to site across a range of niches in and on the body. Some niches—such as the colon—are colonized by a very high number of microbes. Other niches—such as the stomach—are colonized by lower amount of microbes. There are yet other areas of the…

Tea Drinking Protects Against Digestive System Cancers

Tea is the second-most widely consumed beverage worldwide, second only to water. There are four main types of tea—white, green, oolong, and black—all from the same plant, Camelia sinensis. White and green tea are not fermented and thought to contain the highest amount of antioxidants. Oolong tea is semi-fermented, and black tea is the most fermented of the four types.…

Got Heartburn/GERD? Learn to Deep Breathe

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Here is your newest weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us!  Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) involves the movement of stomach contents from the…

Acid-Suppressing Drugs Damage the Gut

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us! Many people who have arthritis take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to manage pain. NSAIDs can wreak…

PPIs and Osteoporosis

  Got heartburn? GERD? Listen up! This isn’t new news, but it’s news I think everyone should know: Using proton pump inhibitors (commonly known as PPIs) for extended periods of time could make you more likely to suffer osteoporosis-related bone fractures. Why do I think this is so important? Because folks, PPIs are the third-highest-selling class of drugs on the…

The Curb Appeal of Fiber

So you’re on a diet, but you can’t stop thinking about food. First you crave something sweet, then you crave something salty, then you crave carbs—any carbs. Take it from me, it’s hard not to think about food while you’re on a diet, but there IS a solution! One of the very best ways to keep away those pesky cravings…

Discovery Health’s Digestive Machine: Fun Learning for Kids!

Health Links Wednesday – Getting kids interested in their digestive health is about as easy as getting them to choose cauliflower over cupcakes, but thanks to Discovery Health’s “Digestive Machine”, now they can get an inside look at just what happens after every mouthful! This interactive diagram (complete with gurgling, sloshing sounds!) is such a great idea, even I had…

The high stomach acid conspiracy!

I know too many people who are swallowing antacid pills and potions and even taking prescription drugs on a daily basis, and it got me thinking about stomach acid and pH levels. I recently read an article titled “Too Little Stomach Acid Can Be a Problem Too” by Pharmacist Suzy Cohen. Imagine my surprise—finally someone in mainstream medicine was echoing…