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Can You Become Lactose Intolerant?

Can You Become Lactose Intolerant?

by Rismary Cabrera
Lactose intolerance is caused by a deficiency of a key enzyme, known as lactase, that helps to break down dairy products in your GI tract. Lactose intolerant people have a hard time digesting lactose, a kind of naturally occurring sugar found in milk, cheese and other dairy products. Some people develop a more serious dairy intolerance than others. You can become lactose intolerant at any age.

Dysphagia (Difficulty Swallowing): Is it Something More?

Dysphagia (Difficulty Swallowing): Is it Something More?

by Shearly (SU)
It can be easy to become over-excited about a potentially delicious meal. Sometimes the lasagna looks too delicious to have a reasonably sized bite, in which case you might take a bite that takes you forever to chew and swallow. However, those should be the only circumstances where difficulty with swallowing is normal. Certainly, it is difficult to swallow that first bite of turkey on Thanksgiving, but not on a regular basis or for an unusual amount of times. More than twice can be a sign that your difficulty swallowing could be Dysphagia, or something more.

What is a Digestive Disorder?

What is a Digestive Disorder?

by Shearly (SU)
There are many different types of digestive disorders, which can range from mildly uncomfortable and temporary, to chronic and even life threatening. The digestive system starts at the mouth and ends at the anus. The digestive tract is a series of connected organs that take in food, digest it, remove the nutrients, and then expel the waste. Although it may sound simple, there is a tightly orchestrated ballet of chemicals, hormones, and other extremely complex interactions that have to happen in a very precise way in order for your body to properly use and excuse the food you eat.

What to Expect from a SIBO Breathing Test

What to Expect from a SIBO Breathing Test

by Bevon Findley (SU)
A SIBO test, or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth test is used to measure the hydrogen and or methane gases in your small intestine. The small intestine is part a long tube that runs from the stomach to the anus. Roughly 90% of the nutrients your body absorbs from the food you eat occurs in the small intestine. In a healthy gut, certain bacteria help you digest your food. Additionally, good bacterial help by producing vitamins like vitamin K and folic acid. They also protect your intestines, keeping out bad bacteria.

The Painful Link Between Hemorrhoids and Pregnancy

The Painful Link Between Hemorrhoids and Pregnancy

by Bevon Findley (SU)
Many women, excited about the upcoming birth of a child are surprised to find out about a common, but possibly lesser talked about complication related to pregnancy, until that is, they are diagnosed with a painful case of hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are unusually enlarged, blood vessels located in the rectal area. The pain from hemorrhoids can be quite severe and they may also itch or become so irritated and inflamed that they actually bleed, especially during a bowel movement.