Digestive Health

Not a Cure for HIV/AIDS, but Probiotics might Help with Symptoms


Although the world still hasn’t found a cure for HIV/AIDS, some doctors and scientists have discovered clever ways to improve life quality for patients with this debilitating disease. In particular, probiotics have been shown to help control diarrhea and increase CD4 count in immunocompromised patients. CD4 cells are one way doctors and researchers can determine an

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Digest these 5 Digestion Habits for Better Children’s Health


Children’s guts are more delicate than adults.  It takes less to send their little bodies into gastrointestinal distress.  And we can’t always watch what they’re eating…and, well, kids will be kids.  But, we can’t stand to see them hurting! As parents, teachers and others who care for children, when they get sick, we can’t help

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IBS and Anxiety: Layered Treatment


Anxiety and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) create a vicious cycle that can be very difficult to break. You experience diarrhea (IBS-D) or constipation (IBS-C)…and it makes you feel anxious…which makes the IBS worse…which causes more anxiety. It’s difficult to stop the cycle and challenging to cope, let alone think about “treatment.” The key might be

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Falling into Good Health: Autumn Health Tips


Every season has a unique impact on health. Summer brings opportunities for fresh air and sunshine, but in some climates it also brings cruel heat. Winter forces us indoors in many areas of the world, but that gives us a chance to use all the exercise equipment we’ve bought and haven’t used. Where the seasons

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Who is Responsible for this Probiotics Thing?


How do medical treatments develop, anyway? Who gets it started? How does an idea grow into a reality? Like many other great advancements in our world, medical breakthroughs begin with a teeny idea…one thought…an observation or wondering. The spark of an idea begins in the mind of a creative individual. As the ideas are tested

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My Tummy Hurts: How to Help Children Cope with Stomachaches


When your little one (or your not-so-little adolescent) complains of belly pain, your reaction might be one of two extremes. If you’re like some parents and guardians, you’ve heard it before and you’ll brush it off as just another boy-who-cried-wolf bid for attention. Other parents can’t stop thinking the worst. (“This is probably the one time she honestly has a

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Why Should Your Probiotic have a Prebiotic?


Think of your gut as an inhospitable canyon fraught with many hazards, not the least of which is stomach acid. Don’t misunderstand: stomach acid does a lot of good. The acid breaks down your food so it can be absorbed by your body through the walls of your stomach and even through the walls of

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2 Alternative Nutrition Tips for Serious Athletes


Nearly everyone participates in some sport, from bowling to long-distance cycling; from skateboarding to power-lifting. Every sport has one thing in common: physical activity. Beyond that, different sports can exact very different requirements on the human body. Serious athletes who put their bodies through very high levels of physical stress by pushing the limits of

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10 Tricky Ways to Make Yourself Eat Healthy and Love It!


Face it. Almost all of us (the human race) are bad at doing what’s good for us. As humans, we are collectively REALLY bad at carrying on good habits. Healthy eating is one of the best examples of things we are worst at. After decades of diets and studies and conflicting opinions about nutrition, a

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The 5 Most Important Facts about Traveler’s Diarrhea


Nearly every traveler knows the following piece of advice about traveling, especially when going to foreign destinations: “Don’t drink the water!” Ingesting bacteria or other substances in water or foreign food that your body is not used to can cause an awful illness called Traveler’s Diarrhea. Some studies show Traveler’s Diarrhea affects as many as

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