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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.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Colitis: What’s the Difference?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Colitis: What’s the Difference?

by Rismary Cabrera
Irritable Bowell Syndrome or IBS is much less serious than colitis. The main difference between IBS and ulcerative colitis is the amount of damage done to the bowel. Both colitis and IBS can present with pain, abdominal discomfort and diarrhea, IBS is caused by muscular contractions along the bowel. Although irritable bowel syndrome is not dangerous, it can be bothersome and painful.

Why Food Causes Heartburn

Why Food Causes Heartburn

by Shearly (SU)
Heartburn can sometimes manifest itself after a heavy meal. You may have finished a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, your favorite, and you feel the all-too-familiar pain in your chest that shows up after a particularly greasy or heavy meal. Normally, it’s not a cause for concern, but when it happens too often, it could be a sign of another issue.

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