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Are Crohn’s and Colitis the same thing?

The short answer: no. If you’d like to know the long answer, keep reading. The Similarities Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are types of IBD (inflammatory bowel disease). Both of them are characterized by chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. Both of these diseases are common among teenagers and young adults. They affect men and women equally and have very similar symptoms. Their causes are unknown, and they have similar contributing factors, such as an inappropriate ...

What to do when Crohn’s flares up?

Crohn’s disease usually varies between periods when it is in remission (which means you have few or no symptoms), and periods when it is flaring up (or active). Even if you are one of the most well-managed cases of Crohn’s disease, a flare-up can still happen occasionally. When you are experiencing it, your gastrointestinal tract might be inflamed, so you may have frequent or urgent bowel movements, bloody stool, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. You might also feel very tired, experience a ...

Celebrities that suffer from Crohn’s disease

Shannen Doherty The famous actress, director and producer best known for her roles in Beverly Hills, Charmed, and Heathers, revealed her Crohn’s disease diagnosis in a 1999 interview with Star Magazine. She also mentioned during this interview that she hadn’t spoken about it earlier because “it wasn’t very sexy” for a Hollywood star to deal with such a condition. Amy Brenneman The popular Hollywood actress famous for roles in Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Judging Amy, has ...

Vegan Snacks for Summer

Looking for new healthy snack options to help maintain your energy levels and keep you moving through the long summer days? Vegan snack options provide an opportunity to eat something healthy and nutritious, with summer oriented snacks keeping you cool and satisfied when it is warm out. For those new to the term vegan, you may be wondering what it means and how it applies to snacks. Vegan is a term used to describe a plant based style of eating. A vegan diet is rich in fresh fruits, vegeta...

Root Causes of IBS

IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is a digestive disorder that is estimated to affect up to 10-15 % of the population in the US. It is characterized by changes in bowel habits, such as chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea or both. Other common symptoms include bloating, abdominal pain and digestive spasm.1,2 There can be a dramatic range in intensity of IBS symptoms, from mild to so severe that it prevents some people from working a regular job or even leaving the house. In western countries, ...

3 foods to avoid if you are struggling with IBS

By Sarah Marie Jackson, Registered Dietitian Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a debilitating chronic disease that affects approximately 11% of the population globally. The condition is characterized by abdominal pain, altered bowel habits, which include diarrhea, constipation or both 1 . In addition to this, IBS sufferers also typically experience uncomfortable (and embarrassing), gas, bloating and/or distention, which can cause emotional distress!Statistically, those with IBS also ...

5 Foods That Help Reduce Bloating

By Sarah Marie Jackson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Bloating is a common discomfort that affects millions of people all over the world. The term bloating has been characterized as the sensation of abdominal tension, distended abdomen and abdominal gas pressure. The occurrence, severity and presence of co-occurring gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms should be discussed with a physician, as this may be a sign of a GI disorder such as Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) or Irritable Bowel Syndrome ...

How to Maintain a Strong Immune System

By Sarah Marie Jackson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Nutrition plays an integral role in the human body’s ability to prevent and reduce risk factors for disease. The immunocompetence of an individual, which involves the normal immune response to a given antigen, depends of various factors, such as a person’s genetics, age, gender, health and pregnancy status. However, research continues to highlight the important role that functional foods play in supporting the immune response. The ...

Why Enzymes Are Important For Digestion | Digestive Center™

Everything you need to know about digestive enzymes and how they help you digest your food Digestion is the process which takes place inside the organs of the human digestive system. These organs include the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), and the anus. During the process of digestion, food molecules get broken-down into smaller, water-soluble, substances which can be absorbed into our bloodstream. Digestive enzymes and stomach acid play a vital role ...

The Process Of Digestion In The Body

How The Digestive System process works and the process your food goes through. “Health is wealth,” as people like to say, and the best way to keep and improve your health is to truly understand how our body works. The digestive system is a gate to our organism which we can control to improve our health as at the end we all decide for ourselves what we will eat and drink.   However, before we learn what food and beverages are healthy for us, we should first get familiar with the ...