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

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

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

Can Turmeric Support Gut Health?

The innumerable health benefits of turmeric may seem like a recent discovery, but it has a long history in the Ayurvedic tradition, especially for digestive and gut health. In fact, this brilliant gold spice has been appreciated in India for over four thousand years. When used in conjunction with other bioactive herbs, turmeric encourages normal … Continue reading Can Turmeric Support Gut Health?

Dr. Group’s Recommendations for Stress Management

We all have stress and stressors in our life. Although stress has a negative connotation, it’s actually not inherently bad. Stress challenges you. It makes you tougher and more resilient to adversity. It helps you grow stronger and, hopefully, provides an opportunity to learn. This is true of both psychological (mental) stress and physiological (physical) … Continue reading Dr. Group’s Recommendations for Stress Management

5 Reasons Breastfeeding is Awesome

Many mothers choose breastfeeding because of the close bonding experience and the fact that it’s the most nutritious option for their baby. Commercial formulas, even the organic ones, simply can’t compare. Let’s take a look at 5 proven reasons why breastfeeding is just plain awesome. 1. Breastfeeding Provides the Best Nutrition The Academy of Nutrition … Continue reading 5 Reasons Breastfeeding is Awesome

Lactobacillus brevis: A Healthy Probiotic Strain

By now, many people are familiar with the multitude of benefits that probiotics offer, but are they right for you specifically? Many people are confused when it comes to picking a probiotic, especially when it comes to choosing the right strain of bacteria. There are many different beneficial strains out there, and all of them … Continue reading Lactobacillus brevis: A Healthy Probiotic Strain