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?

The Role of Probiotics and the Gut Microbiome

Many people don’t realize a healthy gut does far more than handle digestion. Research into the gut microbiome is revealing startling results, showing its effects on the immune system, obesity, allergies, and mood. Nutrition plays a firm role in gut flora quality and quantity. In fact, certain foods contain “prebiotics” that feed beneficial gut bacteria. The more … Continue reading The Role of Probiotics and the Gut Microbiome

The Hidden Culprit Behind Wheat Sensitivity

Many people are avoiding wheat these days in attempt to rid their lives of gluten. While gluten can be difficult to digest and lead to inflammation and other intestinal problems, it’s not the only factor at play with regard to wheat’s potential toxicity. The fact is that wheat is often consumed in a very refined form as … Continue reading The Hidden Culprit Behind Wheat Sensitivity

What Does Stool Color Mean?

We can learn a lot from poop. Seriously, hear me out. What comes out can tell us a lot about what’s going on inside. Color, consistency, appearance, and odor are all indications of how healthy, or unhealthy, you are. Think of it like reading tea leaves, except with hard science to back it up. So … Continue reading What Does Stool Color Mean?

Read This Before Going Gluten-Free

There’s little doubt you’ve encountered someone who’s gone gluten-free, and perhaps you yourself have ditched the maligned protein. Gluten has been vilified by many alternative health professionals and a dietary movement has begun. The research shows gluten has many downsides and very few benefits. In fact, it’s harmful to gut, brain, or digestive health. [1] But before giving up … Continue reading Read This Before Going Gluten-Free

GMO Foods Cause Gut Damage

Consumer concerns regarding pesticide contamination of commonly-consumed crops, like corn and wheat, have been voiced for decades. This, along with the rising issue of pesticide resistance of many common agricultural pests, has led scientists to develop genetically-altered crops that produce their own insecticides. These genetically-modified organisms, or GMOs, come with side effects that cause more problems than … Continue reading GMO Foods Cause Gut Damage

What is Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s Disease is chronic irritation of the gastrointestinal tract. It is one of several irritable bowel diseases that share similar symptoms and immune disorders. The lesions that have become an identifying feature of Crohn’s Disease complicate intestinal function. This damage to the gastrointestinal tract can lead to more serious conditions. [1] The causes of Crohn’s Disease … Continue reading What is Crohn’s Disease?

3 Great Supplements for Gut Health

I’ve talked a lot about the importance of maintaining a healthy gut. Your gut is where your immune system starts and many studies indicate illnesses—everything from weight gain right down to depression—can actually start in the gut. [1] All kinds of bacteria live in your gut—good and bad—but the “friendly” kind actually helps keep the “unfriendly” population … Continue reading 3 Great Supplements for Gut Health

4 Toxins That Are Destroying Your Gut Health

Many people don’t realize just how important gut bacteria is for their health. Your gut is home to over one trillion bacteria, and in order to keep things running smoothly those bacteria need to stay healthy. But, there are many, many things out there that can upset gut balance. 4 Toxins That Destroy Gut Health Your … Continue reading 4 Toxins That Are Destroying Your Gut Health

3 Ways Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners Affect Gut Health

Right now, your gut is swimming with bacteria—good and bad. Maintaining a good balance between the two is key to helping you stay healthy. One of the ways to support that is to give your gut flora supportive food, not detrimental. Sugar and artificial sweeteners can affect your gut health in some not-so-friendly ways. You probably have … Continue reading 3 Ways Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners Affect Gut Health