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Digestive

18 signs and symptoms you might have celiac disease

If you’re not familiar with celiac disease, it’s a genetic autoimmune condition that causes the immune system to damage the intestines when exposed to gluten. In some populations, up to 3 out of 100 will have the disease.  In celiac disease, the more common digestive symptoms are diarrhea and abdominal discomfort. But many of the …

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How to boost your gut and brain health (at the same time)

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?” That second brain is found in your gut. Confused yet? Beyond digestion, your gut contains an extensive …

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IBS diet: Is low FODMAP the answer for you?

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, plagues 5-10% of the global population, making it the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the world. IBS is characterized by bloating, gas, abdominal pain, irregular bowel movements, upper GI upset and many other symptoms. If you’re living with IBS, you may have heard about the low FODMAP diet protocol. Or …

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How to get rid of bloating fast

We’ve all experienced bloating before. It’s uncomfortable, often embarrassing and sometimes painful. While the occasional bout of bloating after a large meal will usually pass quickly and resolve itself, constantly feeling like you’re bloated may not be normal. If you’re dealing with frequent bloating, you’re in the right place. Let’s discuss some of the most …

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How to cope with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Are you constantly battling belly pain, constipation, diarrhea or all of the above? It could be irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The good news is, digestive distress doesn’t have to control you. Let’s cover the basics of IBS—the most common reason people see a gastroenterologist—and offer tips to manage those annoying symptoms. If you’ve already exhausted …

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Could you have acid reflux and not know it?

Everyone experiences an occasional bout of heartburn or regurgitation after a particularly heavy or fatty meal. But for many people, acid reflux is an all-too-common occurrence—and many don’t even realize that’s what’s happening. “Acid reflux can be a misdiagnosed and is an under-diagnosed problem,” said John Hyatt, MD, a gastroenterologist on the medical staff at …

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Difficulty swallowing? It could be eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

If you often experience trouble swallowing that won’t go away, you may be living with eosinophilic esophagitis, or EoE. This newly recognized chronic immune condition wasn’t on the radar until the 1990s but by some estimates, it affects 1 in every 2,000 people. Unless you’ve already been diagnosed with EoE, it’s probably not a condition …

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Are PPIs the answer for your acid reflux or GERD?

As many as 20% of US adults complain of heartburn and regurgitation—the classic symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. And proton pump inhibitors, known as PPIs, remain one of the most powerful medicines we have today to provide relief.   In recent years, it’s become more common for people to ask about the possible side …

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Time for a colonoscopy? Here’s what to expect (and why it’s not that bad)

Colonoscopies sometimes have an undeserved reputation, especially among those who haven’t had one before. I hear my patients say they’ve heard something bad from their neighbor, their family or an online search. But often, these negative misconceptions go away once they have their first screening. As a physician, I believe in the scientific data behind …

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Upset stomach? How to identify your food intolerances

Bloating, excessive gas, abdominal discomfort and even diarrhea. These are all frequent symptoms that often lead people to seek a physician’s help, unsure of what is going on to trigger their discomfort after eating. Most often, the culprit is this—a food intolerance. You are likely eating a food that you’re actually intolerant to. In fact, …

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