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Digestive Health

Probiotics Cut Infants’ Digestive Woes

Posted March 4, 2014

Preventive use of probiotics reduced crying, vomiting, constipation, and healthcare-related costs among infants in a placebo-controlled trial, researchers reported.

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Chicory is especially great for your liver and digestive tract

Posted February 23, 2014

Chicory is one of the many herbs derived from the daisy family. In the past, the Romans believed it was a great plant to cleanse the blood but it’s in ancient Egypt where people first discovered its main perks, as they noted it was extremely helpful to maintain healthy livers and gallbladders. Actually in more recent years, the Zoology Department at Mansoura University in Egypt revealed that chicory may help diminish oxidative stress and liver injury in certain circumstances. Since the early days, many other incredible health benefits have been discovered and some were thoroughly validated by science.

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A natural way to improve your digestive power with cinnamon

Posted February 2, 2014

In early civilization, cinnamon was used to treat everything from athlete’s foot to indigestion. The cinnamon herb is obtained from the bark of its evergreen tree that originated from Sri Lanka. The herb has many benefits across all cultures, and researchers are still studying more of its uses in laboratories. Cinnamon aids the digestive system in different ways such as soothing the stomach, increasing metabolism, increasing appetite, and relieving gas.

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Study illuminates how humans digest fibre

Posted January 31, 2014

New insight into how gut bacteria digest fibre could lead to advances in areas as diverse as health and environmentally-friendly biofuels. Fibre is an essential part of a healthful diet, but our ability to benefit from it is entirely dependent the bacteria living in our intestines. An international research team, which included scientists at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, recently uncovered how one group of bacteria digest a major type of dietary fibre.

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Gastric banding patients should closely monitor nutrition following surgery

Posted January 31, 2014

Patients who have had bariatric surgery may need to take dietary supplements and pay closer attention to their nutritional intake, a study suggests.

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Sprouts boost energy, digestion and immunity

Posted January 16, 2014

Conventional farming practices destroy the soil; generate poor-quality food and pour tons of unwanted chemicals into our environment. The use of GMOs, toxic pesticides and antibiotics pose devastating consequences to human health. Fortunately, on an individual level, there is a simple solution to many of these dangerous health issues.

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Peppermint provides surprising results for digestive problems, physical performance and even weight loss

Posted December 23, 2013

The Christmas holidays are just around the corner, and peppermint does contribute to the festivities in its own way, as some of you will likely not be able to resist the temptation of indulging in candy canes. It has long been added to various products, such as candies, ice creams, gum, cakes and toothpaste, because of its refreshing and pleasing taste and smell. The sugar and invasive chemicals aside, peppermint on its own has garnered a well-deserved reputation for its ability to treat numerous abdominal problems such as cramping and pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, flatulence, stomach cancer, irritable bowel syndrome and gallbladder disease.

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Popular heartburn drugs could rob you of this crucial vitamin

Posted December 13, 2013

Results of an analysis finds a link between low levels of vitamin B12 and popular antacid medications. Drugs used to treat heartburn that are heavily marketed and readily available were linked to lower levels of vitamin B12 in a Kaiser Permanente study. The medications that are popular for treating gastric reflux have also been linked to other side effects that are still being scrutinized.

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Comparison of the antibacterial activity of essential oils and extracts of medicinal and culinary herbs to investigate potential new treatments for irritable bowel syndrome

Posted November 30, 2013

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common functional gastrointestinal disorder, which may result from alteration of the gastrointestinal microbiota following gastrointestinal infection, or with intestinal dysbiosis or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. This may be treated with antibiotics, but there is concern that widespread antibiotic use might lead to antibiotic resistance. Some herbal medicines have been shown to be beneficial, but their mechanism(s) of action remain incompletely understood. To try to understand whether antibacterial properties might be involved in the efficacy of these herbal medicines, and to investigate potential new treatments for IBS, we have conducted a preliminary study in vitro to compare the antibacterial activity of the essential oils of culinary and medicinal herbs against the bacterium, Esherichia coli.

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Aqueous extracts of Liriope platyphylla induced significant laxative effects on loperamide-induced constipation of SD rats

Posted November 26, 2013

Liriope platyphylla has long been reported as a therapeutic drug for treatment of various human chronic diseases including inflammation, diabetes, neurodegenerative disorders, obesity, and atopic dermatitis. To investigate the laxative effects of L. platyphylla, alterations in excretion parameters, histological structure, mucin secretion, and related protein levels were investigated in rats with loperamide (Lop)-induced constipation after treatment with aqueous extract of L. platyphylla (AEtLP).

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