We know that the brain plays a key role in all of our bodily functions – it’s the center of our intelligence and the controller of our movements and behaviors. But did you know that you have a “second brain”? This second brain is found in your gut. Beyond digestion, your gut contains an extensive … Continue reading Why caring for your second brain can improve your health
The brain is in charge of every function in the body — from breathing, to digestion to circulation. And yet, this important organ is just as susceptible to the negative effects of poor lifestyle choices as the rest of the body. What we eat (or don’t eat) can increase inflammation in the brain, thereby impacting … Continue reading Did you know you can improve brain health through your diet?
Viruses may play a role in inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, according to a new study. Earlier research linked the diseases to bacteria in the gut. Researchers found that patients with inflammatory bowel diseases had a greater variety of viruses in their digestive systems, indicating viruses may play a role … Continue reading Could viruses contribute to inflammatory bowel diseases?
What does GERD stand for and what are the classic symptoms? GERD stands for Gastroesophageal reflux disease. Typical symptoms are frequent heartburn, which is by far the most common complaint. Other symptoms include nausea, feeling of food or liquid coming up into one’s mouth, difficult or painful swallowing, pain in the mid-chest or upper abdomen, … Continue reading GERD is more than heartburn; key questions answered
More than 30 million Americans suffer from acid reflux monthly. According to a national study that followed more than 30,000 people for 11 years, symptoms of reflux and heartburn have nearly doubled in the last decade. Scott & White Healthcare has joined forces with other U.S. communities to improve public awareness regarding diagnosis and treatment, … Continue reading Causes and symptoms of GERD
When people go in for a routine colonoscopy they may hear the word “polyp” tossed around. If you’re unsure about polyps but were too anxious to ask, we have answers. Scott & White colorectal surgeon Rahila Essani, MD specializes in care relating to the colon and the rectum. She offers some insight about polyps, as … Continue reading Puzzled about polyps?
Gastrointestinal gas is part of the human condition. The extent of which that person becomes aware of it dictates if gas is a problem or not. Belching Belching is the audible escape of air from the esophagus into the upper airway. Almost all air that is belched is a consequence of air swallowing. Belches that … Continue reading The Truth About Gas…More Normal Than You Think?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends annual colon cancer screening for everyone beginning at age 50 until they turn 75. If you’re healthy and in that age range, you might want to learn more about this research project from the Baylor Research Institute. The project is evaluating whether a certain blood test can detect … Continue reading Need a Colonoscopy? Consider this Clinical Trial
Are you dealing with your own stomach troubles? Adopt these three tips for digestive success. The Key Ingredient The first step to a happy stomach is to examine your diet. And for more people that means making sure you’re eating a balanced diet with plenty of fiber, which will keep your digestive system moving efficiently, says Elizabeth Odstrcil, … Continue reading 3 Ways to Help Your Digestive System Run Smoothly
Susan glanced in the mirror. She looked like she was five months pregnant. Hardly! She was 50 years old — all bloated and stressed out. A natural result of her irritable bowel syndrome. What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome? “Irritable bowel syndrome is a sensitivity of your digestive tract to food or stress. It’s the most … Continue reading Controlling irritable bowel syndrome