5 Ways to Approach Ulcerative Colitis

Considering that 18% of persons with ulcerative colitis suffer from an active form of the disease, and 30% of those patients need a colostomy within 10 years of diagnosis, it’s no surprise that treatment can be quite challenging. [1]Factors such as the timing of identification, environmental elements influencing the colon, and side effects have lead researchers … Continue reading 5 Ways to Approach Ulcerative Colitis

Are Constipation and Back Pain Related?

A member of our customer service team recently received feedback from a customer who had been experiencing such severe constipation that it was segueing into lower back pain. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard a report like this. Soreness and lower back pain can definitely be related to constipation and not only severe constipation, … Continue reading Are Constipation and Back Pain Related?

The Health Benefits of Hemicellulase

The hemicellulase enzyme breaks down hemicellulose, which is a type of cellulose and a key component of the cell wall in all plants. Different forms of plant hemicellulose include glucans, galactans, xylans, mannans and pentosans. Common fiber-rich breakfast cereals, for example, have a large amount of hemicelluloses (2 to 12%). Hemicellulase is needed to break … Continue reading The Health Benefits of Hemicellulase

Are Herbal Colon Cleansers Safe?

Herbal colon cleansers are increasingly popular and many people believe botanical herbs are both harmless and extremely beneficial to support colon health conditions. In some cases, this is absolutely correct. Many herbs are healthful to the body. Unfortunately, some herbs are not. The National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine has reported a number of dangerous, life … Continue reading Are Herbal Colon Cleansers Safe?

What Are Osmotic Laxatives?

Constipation is often associated with straining, hard stools, infrequent bowel movements, and feelings of incomplete evacuation. Ideally, relief can be obtained through dietary and lifestyle changes. However, when these measures do not provide relief, many people turn to laxatives- osmotic laxatives in particular. There are many different kinds of laxatives available and they operate differently. … Continue reading What Are Osmotic Laxatives?

What Is an Enema?

What are Enemas? Enemas have been around for a very long time and present the oldest known relief for constipation. It’s a simple process: fluid is injected from a bag into the anus. Usually only water is injected, but other liquids and ingredients including herbs, coffee, oil, and clay might be added. “Dry enemas” are … Continue reading What Is an Enema?

New Research: Vitamin D Supplements Could Help Fight Crohn’s Disease

According to a new study coming out of Canada, Vitamin d supplements have shown the ability to counter the negative effects associated with Crohn’s disease. A team of researchers from McGill University Health Centre in Montreal suggest that if you suffer from Crohn’s Disease, having a deficiency in vitamin d can actually make it worse [1]. … Continue reading New Research: Vitamin D Supplements Could Help Fight Crohn’s Disease

Dangers of Using Laxatives for Weight Loss

Losing weight has become a primary health concern for millions of people. If you have a few extra pounds, losing it can provide innumerable benefits to your body. Lowered blood pressure, lowered cholesterol, more energy, improved mood – it really is a no brainer. Unfortunately, at times, the desire to hurry progress leads some people … Continue reading Dangers of Using Laxatives for Weight Loss

Understanding the Chemistry of the Oxygen Element

First identified in the 17th century, oxygen is a gaseous, non-metallic element that makes life possible. The chemist and physician John Mayow proved that oxygen was critical to lifeforms, and could be removed by a naked flame and respiration. A key indication of oxygen’s supreme importance was realized when researchers demonstrated that mice could survive … Continue reading Understanding the Chemistry of the Oxygen Element

Bacillus coagulans: A Healthy Probiotic Strain

Bacillus coagulans is a beneficial probiotic strain that helps to promote digestive health, reduce diarrhea caused by antibiotics, encourage a healthy immune system, normalize nutrient absorption in the body, and help balance gut flora. Similar to the Lactobacillus bacterium, Bacillus coagulans produces lactic acid inside the digestive tract. Lactic acid is helpful because it encourages the growth of healthy bacteria while … Continue reading Bacillus coagulans: A Healthy Probiotic Strain