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Can Caffeine and Other Stimulants Irritate Your Bowels?

For more than 80% of Americans, grabbing a coffee right upon waking is simply the morning routine. However, if you experience digestive upsets such as diarrhea, your drink of choice may be to blame. Caffeine is considered both a drug and a food additive by the Food and Drug Administration. It’s also a stimulant that… read more

What Is Adrenal Dysfunction?

Adrenal dysfunction and fatigue is as real as the symptoms you are experiencing, but there is hope with proper treatment and diagnosis. Your adrenal gland is responsible for producing a variety of hormones in your body that keep you healthy. When your adrenal gland isn’t working at full capacity, it’s frequently because your body is… read more

The Importance of a Colon Cancer Screening

Colon cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the United States, according to Medical News Today.  Does that surprise you? As a matter of fact, around 130,000 Americans are diagnosed with some form of colon cancer each year. Research suggests that one in 20 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer. How… read more

What is Collagenous Colitis?

Collagenous colitis is a newly-recognized, fairly rare disease of the colon. It is a disorder with poorly understood origins, but one with troubling symptoms. Collagenous colitis is a microscopic colitis because colonoscopy typically has no signs of inflammation on the surface of the colon. On a colonoscopy, the bowel lining will appear normal, but microscopic… read more

What are the Signs of Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Leaky Gut Syndrome describes a condition where your gut microbes, waste, or other toxins “leak” through compromised gut wall allowing toxins to enter the bloodstream and travel to other internal areas of the body.  It has been associated with dozens of related conditions and diseases, but the cause of it is still somewhat of a… read more

What are the Three Types of IBS?

  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder characterized by abdominal pain or discomfort, and altered bowel habit (chronic or recurrent diarrhea, constipation, or both – either mixed or in alternation). But what many people don’t know is that there are three different types of IBS that affect between 25 and 45 million people in… read more

What is SIBO and What Causes it?

If you have never heard of SIBO, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, you aren’t the only one. Most gut issues go undiagnosed and SIBO has a reputation for being massively under-diagnosed. The actual number of people in the general population with SIBO remains a mystery, but studies suggest that between 6 to 15 percent of healthy,… read more

How Serious is Constipation?

Constipation is having fewer than three bowel movements a week, according to Mayo Clinic research. Does that number surprise you? According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), constipation is one of the most common digestive problems in the United States, affecting around 42 million Americans. So, when should you… read more

Think You Have IBS? Find Out With Gut Testing

What is gut testing and how can it help with diagnosing Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? The fact of the matter is, over 85 percent of all adult Americans suffer from some form of intestinal problem with symptoms akin to those of IBS, namely, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal bloating, cramping, pain, and gas. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)… read more

What is a “Normal” Bowel Movement

When it comes to gut health, bowel movement patterns can tell you a lot about your total body wellness.  As a culture, bowel movements aren’t something we talk about much, but if your body’s plumbing isn’t working properly, it can create a toxic environment in your body–literally.  Research in 2010 revealed that your brain and… read more