Digestive Health

Black stools cause

While we no longer live in the Victorian age, full of inflexible morals and strict manners, there are still some things that we often find it hard to talk about. This especially includes medical issues. To most people, while we are now more generally educated about medical matters than ever, speaking about sensitive medical issues […]

Cirrhosis symptoms

Cirrhosis is a condition affecting the liver, largely caused as a result of chronic liver disease. Brought on primarily by alcoholism, there are extensive reasons for cirrhosis, many of which remain unknown. Other major causes include hepatitis B and C, fatty liver disease, and causes related to insulin resistance causing fatty liver. Cirrhosis is a […]

Inguinal hernia

When a part of the small intestines bulges through a weak area in the lower abdominal muscle the condition is called an inguinal hernia. Sometimes intra-abdominal fat can also bulge through this weak abdominal muscle in the groin area. The groin area is between the abdomen and the thigh. There is an inguinal ring in […]

Digestive enzymes supplements

Digestive enzymes are necessary for the proper functioning and maintenance of a healthy body. People who have insufficient amounts of digestive enzymes are more susceptible to metabolic diseases and disorders. Digestive enzymes are needed to efficiently break down and process the foods that we eat. As one ages digestive enzyme production in the body decreases. […]

Appendicitis symptoms

Appendicitis symptoms are often vague and unspecific. Diagnosing appendicitis can be a challenge to doctors since the symptoms are very non specific. The appendix is a 3 ½ inch tube-shaped tissue that extends from the large intestine. It produces antibodies. Its exact function in the body is not yet known. However, people do not need […]

Celiac disease diet

A celiac disease diet is a gluten free diet. In fact a Celiac disease diet is a lifetime diet and it is the only way to treat Celiac disease. People who have Celiac disease suffer serious physical and emotional reactions when they eat food containing gluten. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder of the digestive […]

Gall bladder symptoms

The gall bladder, also known by its scientific name, cholecyst, is one of what doctors and medical scientists call the body’s “non-vital” organs. This non-vital organ serves to aid the body in its digestive processes and also stores a substance called bile which is originally produced in the liver. Because of its functions, it should […]

Hemorrhoid relief and treatment

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins that are located in and around the anus, the anal canal and the rectum. These veins are engorged with blood They can be located internally along the wall of the anus and the lower portion of the intestines. These types of hemorrhoids are called internal hemorrhoids. They can also protrude from […]

Diarrhea causes

Diarrhea can be brought on by many different reasons. Most people have experienced several bouts of diarrhea in their lifetime. But what causes diarrhea? First it is important to understand how our body works and why diarrhea can occur. When we eat food, our bodies turn the food into liquid form in order for it […]

Constipation treatments

For anyone who suffers from constipation, you know very well how uncomfortable and frustrating it can be. Constipation is a term used when the body fails to move the digested food waste through the intestine and out of the body. This can be mild or severe and in some cases cause serious pain, bloating and […]

Stomach ulcer symptoms

When most people refer to stomach ulcers they are referring to both gastric ulcers which can form in the stomach itself and to duodenal ulcers which can form in the first twelve inches of the small intestine that leads out of the bottom portion of the stomach. An ulcer is an area of the lining […]

Gallstone pancreatitis

The pancreas is an organ that produces hormones, such as insulin, as well as digestive juices. It is located in the back middle part of the abdomen. When something causes the pancreas to become inflamed it is usually referred to as having acute pancreatic. Acute pancreatic can be cause by different things but is normally […]

Diarrhea treatment

What is diarrhea? Diarrhea is something that we have all experienced at one time or another. It is very loose watery stools that come on very quickly. They are usually associated with abdominal cramping and may be accompanied with vomiting as well. Having diarrhea means having to go to the bathroom more often than usual. […]

Gallstone symptoms

Having a gallstone can be extremely painful and frustrating. If you think you may have a gallstone or your doctor has told you that you have gallstone you may be wondering exactly what that means and what a gallstone is. First it is important to understand the nature of how the gallbladder works in order […]

Acid reflux disease

Acid reflux disease is a very common condition. It is also referred to as GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease. This condition is caused when acid from the stomach comes back up the esophagus causing damage or inflammation to the lining of the esophagus. Alongside the acid is the pepsin, which is the enzyme used to […]

Ulcerative colitis treatment

If you have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, then you have an inflammatory bowel disease. This is often referred to as IBD. Ulcerative colitis causes chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. It causes abdominal pain and diarrhea. Another type of inflammatory bowel disease is Crohn’s disease. Both of these conditions can be hard to manage […]

Lactose intolerance

When a person has a lactose intolerance it means their body is unable to digest lactose. Lactose is the sugar found in milk and milk products. A person that has lactose intolerance will suffer from gastrointestinal discomfort after consuming lactose. Not everyone suffers from this condition. The people who suffer from lactose intolerance lack the […]

Hiatal hernia

A hiatal hernia is a common condition that is caused when the upper part of the stomach protrudes through the opening in the diaphragm and into the esophagus. For most people, small hiatal hernias do not cause too much trouble and can often go undetected until a doctor finds it when checking for other conditions. […]

Gastritis

There are many people around the world that are suffering from the condition Gastritis. Gastritis is a term used to describe problems regarding the lining of the stomach. This condition includes acute or chronic irritation, inflammation and erosion of the stomach. Acute gastritis means the symptoms come on suddenly. Chronic gastritis means that the symptoms […]

Liver jaundice

Inside our bodies we have several organs, all with important jobs to do. The liver is an organ that is responsible for eliminating toxins and waste products from our blood. It is also responsible for producing and secreting bile into the digestive tract to help digest our dietary fats. One of the toxins that the […]

Irritable bowel disease

If you are someone who has suffered from irritable bowel syndrome then you know how frustrating and discomforting this disease can be. There are a whole host of symptoms that can come with this problem, including pain in the abdomen, cramping, gas, constipation, diarrhea, and bloating. This is because irritable bowel disease affects the large […]

Pancreatitis

What is pancreatitis? This is a disease process in which the pancreas becomes inflamed. The pancreas is an organ that sits behind the stomach in the upper abdomen. It is responsible for producing enzymes that help metabolize or break down sugar in the food that we eat. It also helps aid in other digestive processes. […]

Constipation

Constipation can be one of the most uncomfortable conditions that you are ever likely to experience. It is medically considered as constipation if you have fewer than three bowel movements in a week. People who are constipated will find it difficult to eliminate the hard and dry stools that are common with this condition. One […]

Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is a condition that is characterized by pouches that form in the colon that are infected or inflamed. There is no known cause for the condition, but a low fiber diet is thought to contribute to it. A diet that is low in fiber will cause the colon to work harder than it should […]

Chronic pancreatitis

You may not know what chronic pancreatitis is, but in a nutshell it is when the pancreas goes through a persistent inflammation that causes the organ to change its functions, and can even alter the normal shape and size of the pancreas. If you are someone who thinks that they are suffering from chronic pancreatitis, […]

Gallstone treatment

Suffering from gallstones can be very painful and frustrating. People suffering from gall stones can have a broad range of symptoms. Some may not feel any pain or discomfort at all when others can get so sick from the pain that they go to the hospital for help. If you suffer from gall stones you […]

Peptic ulcer

Being diagnosed with peptic ulcers is very common. Nearly 10% of Americans are diagnosed with having peptic ulcers sometime throughout their lives. A peptic ulcer is an open sore inside the lining of the stomach, esophagus or small intestine. A person with a peptic ulcer will most likely suffer from abdominal pain, which is the […]

Hemorrhoid treatment

Although the topic of hemorrhoids can be one that causes people to become uncomfortable, it is also important to know that over half the population has dealt with some sort of hemorrhoid by the time they hit the age 50, so you are definitely not alone. Before discussing the different types of treatments for hemorrhoids […]

Stomach flu

The Stomach Flu, or gastroenteritis, is one of the most common illnesses besides the common cold and influenza. A mild case may last a short 24 hours or a longer case can linger in your system for quite a few days. The worst of the symptoms usually will come on quite suddenly but can pass […]

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a blood born virus that is rarely symptomatic but can lead to massive liver failure. It is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and is transmitted via blood to blood contact. Just like an ordinary STD, the HCV can spread via several different methods. Some of the problems associated with HCV […]