CategoryDigestive Disorders

What Is Lactose Intolerance?

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Lactose intolerance is characterized as the inability to properly digest lactose. Lactose meanwhile is the type of sugar that is predominantly found in dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt. But what exactly is lactose intolerance and how do you know if you have it? Prevalence Lactose intolerance is actually incredibly common. In fact, it’s more common to be lactose intolerant than it is...

What Is Gluten and What Is Celiac Disease?

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You may have heard of gluten-free foods or see them on the shelves in your local Supermarket. You may even know someone with a gluten intolerance who is forced to eat nothing but those foods because they have problems handling them. But do you actually know what gluten is? And should you be eating a gluten free diet? What Gluten Is Made Of Essentially gluten is made from two proteins that are...

How Do Antacids Work?

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The stomach is adapted to be able to cope with acid, so if your diet is normal and you are healthy, you shouldn’t feel any burning sensation in your stomach. However, many people have, at some time in their life, experienced acid reflux or ‘heartburn’ – that burning feeling in the throat or chest that is caused by stomach acid rising up out of the stomach and into the esophagus, which is not...

Vaccine for Diarrhea Could Be on the Way

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Diarrhea, as well most of us know, is characterized by frequent, watery bowel motions, most often brought on by ingesting food or water contaminated with harmful bacteria such as Escherischia coli. In the Western world, diarrhea is more often than not a short-lived, acute illness, picked up from ill-prepared food, such as undercooked meat or unwashed vegetables. It is also suffered by...

What Does Lactose Intolerance Mean?

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Lactose intolerance refers to the symptoms experienced by people taking in milk products who cannot digest milk sugar properly. Lactose, the scientific name for milk sugar, contains glucose and galactose. The enzyme lactase, in the lining of the small intestine, is supposed to break lactose down into these two sugars, which are then easily absorbed. Without enough lactase, lactose cannot be split...

What Is Celiac Disease?

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Celiac disease (CD), also sometimes called gluten intolerance or non-tropical sprue is a condition in which a person’s intestines cannot digest part of the protein in wheat, as well as similar proteins in other grains including barley and rye. This causes a number of symptoms in “classic” cases of celiac disease. Symptoms include abdominal pain, cramps, bloating, and diarrhea. Instead...

Preventing Traveler's Diarrhea

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There are many great reasons to go traveling and to go on holiday. At once you now have an opportunity to relax and unwind in the sun, and at the same time you have a great experience and adventure visiting a new culture, seeing new scenery and enjoying a different climate. There are downsides to traveling though, many of these revolving around missing your creature comforts and being constantly...

Home Remedies for Belching

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What Is Belching? Belching is also referred to as burping and occurs when some amount of gas flows from the stomach to the mouth. Some discomfort may occur if the stomach is filled with gas and it deflates as the gas is released. The distinctive sound occurs when that gas causes vibrations along the respiratory passage. In some cases, it is accompanied by an unpleasant odor. A common cause of...

Does Activia Really Work?

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Probiotics are currently one of the most heavily promoted ranges of health product out there and claim to be able to help everything from stomach upsets to low energy – all of which they aim to do via the intestinal tract in the stomach. Danone’s Activia is one of the most popular probiotics out there, but does it actually work? Here we will look at how probiotics operate and whether or not...

Activated Charcoal for Stomach Problems

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If you’ve ever been out camping with someone who knows what they’re doing then you might have heard of consuming charcoal after eating a meal that you’re not too sure of. Well this is no superstition and no old wives’ tale, but actually a scientific way to survive ingesting otherwise potentially dangerous substances. It is also used in water filters, to treat stomach...

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