For years, researchers have known that the gut contains neurons that look uncannily similar to those in the brain. Part of the enteric nervous system (ENS), these cells communicate directly with the central nervous system, providing vital information on what’s going on in the stomach.
You’re probably already familiar with the health benefits of a high fiber diet – healthy weight maintenance, reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and colon cancer – but did you know that fiber is also a superfood for the gut?
I took a round of antibiotics and I clearly remember just feeling bloated and full of air as soon as I’d finished the course. It was a very heavy feeling that I’d never experienced before and it was super uncomfortable. Then, unbelievably, that feeling got much worse and didn’t go away for close to 10 years.
Your gut is naturally permeable to very small molecules in order to absorb vital nutrients from food. However, when the cells lining the intestinal wall become damaged, undigested food particles, toxic waste products and bacteria are able to “leak” through the intestines and flood the bloodstream.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, otherwise known as GERD and acid reflux, is the most common digestive complaint in the United States, with some 10-20% of Americans experiencing weekly symptoms. While heartburn is the main symptom associated with acid reflux, could the root cause actually be underlying gut bacteria issues? The short answer: yes.
For many people with diabetes and poor blood sugar control, the word “starch” usually means something to be avoided at all costs. Starches are generally high in the carbohydrates that spike insulin and blood sugar, not to mention weight gain.
Constipation. Diarrhea. Bloating. Gas. Indigestion. Nausea. These are symptoms that everyone has experienced at one time or another in their lives. But for many, these feelings are constant, everyday reminders that something isn’t quite right with your digestive system.
IBS is the most common disease diagnosed by gastroenterologists and one of the most common disorders seen by primary care physicians. But what is functional medicine exactly? And what makes this approach the gold standard for treating chronic digestive symptoms and IBS?
Glucomannan is a soluble, fermentable dietary fiber that is derived from the root of the konjac plant, native to Asia. The konjac tuber has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy and to make traditional foods such as konjac jelly, tofu, and noodles.