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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 ...

How Good Bacteria Get In Our Stomach and Digestive System?

The foods, supplements, probiotics and prebiotics are needed for healthy stomach bacteria. The gastrointestinal tract is the largest part of the human digestive system. Its main components are the stomach, small intestine, and the large intestine (colon). Digestion of food starts in the mouth, where the food enters and continues in the stomach and other parts of the gastrointestinal tract. The whole process is assisted by the stomach acid, various digestive enzymes, and the gastrointestinal ...

How The Digestion And Absorption Of Vitamins Occurs?

An in depth look at the bodies absorption of vitamins and minerals Have you ever thought about importance of vitamins? How they work to keep you healthy and what happens if they don't? From a medical point of view neither vitamins are food nor medications but the most important thing we need to learn is that our life would not be possible without them. While fungi, bacteria and plants produce vitamins for themselves we are not able to, so we must provide another way of intake. These ways ...

8 Tips That Make Living With IBS Manageable

So you got the dreaded IBS diagnosis. The cramping, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn and gas finally have a name and its Irritable Bowel Syndrome. So now what? Now that your doctor officially classed your stomach as “irritated” what are the next steps you can take to start feeling better? Just because your condition now has a name doesn’t mean you can load up on prescription meds and pop pills until it goes away. IBS is incredibly personal and you hear the phrase “everyone's ...