Tag Archives: digestive health

Good habits for better health: How to support healthy digestion

Having a healthy digestive system contributes to your overall well-being. Generally, your body takes between 10 hours to three days to move food through your entire digestive system. However, if you’re feeling more tired than usual or are dealing with gastrointestinal (GI) issues, things have likely “slowed down.” If you often experience symptoms like bloating, stomach issues and feeling fuller than usual ...

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Turmeric: One of the world’s most powerful superfoods

Dubbed the golden spice of life, turmeric (Curcuma longa) is one of the world’s most powerful superfoods. It is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, and contains more than 300 naturally occurring plant nutrients. Curcuminoids, phytonutrients naturally found in turmeric, are five to eight times more potent than vitamins C and E. Turmeric’s bright yellow color makes it a key ingredient in ...

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Frankincense: One of the most powerful medicines from Mother Nature

Frankincense has been used as a natural remedy by various cultures for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians used frankincense as an insect repellant, a perfume and a salve, while ancient Greeks and Romans used it as a remedy for various conditions. Natural healers in ancient China also used frankincense extensively. Named after the French phrase “franc encens,” which means high-quality incense, frankincense has ...

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Spice up your life: Use cinnamon to improve your health

Cinnamon is known to have medicinal properties and has been widely used for the treatment and prevention of certain diseases and ailments. This traditional medicine is effective for managing blood sugar, relieving digestive discomfort, reducing blood pressure and more. There are two types of cinnamon: Ceylon cinnamon and Chinese cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon, also called true cinnamon, is rich in antioxidants that help your body neutralize free radicals and lower ...

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The tangy, peppery superfood: 7 Reasons to eat more arugula

Arugula is a green leafy vegetable used in salads, pizza and other popular dishes. The bitter vegetable, also known as garden rocket or roquette, is a staple in Mediterranean cuisine and widely used in France and Italy. These days, the plant is also found in dishes in the U.S., where its peppery flavor enhances the taste of pasta, sandwiches and ...

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Lycopene is a promising nutrient that can prevent gastric diseases associated with H. pylori

Helicobacter pylori is a spiral-shaped bacterium that grows in your digestive tract. An opportunistic pathogen, it is considered to be the most successful colonizer of the human gastrointestinal tract, infecting the stomachs of roughly 60 percent of the world’s adult population. H. pylori often infects the stomach during childhood and is well-known for causing peptic ulcers. These gastric lesions develop as a result ...

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Gut bacteria can help fight the harmful effects of processed foods like cereals and pasta, scientists find

Research shows how a certain bacterium found in the human gut can break down a chemical commonly found in processed foods, such as ultra-pasteurized milk, pasta, chocolate and breakfast cereals. Published in Cell Host & Microbe, the findings generate invaluable insight into how gut microbes break down processed foods and lower the risk of health conditions often associated with those foods, such as obesity and diabetes. ...

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3 tips for a healthy digestive system

Many people have experienced abdominal discomfort at some point in their lives, and a common culprit can be air in the digestive tract. “When air gets into the GI tract, it can cause burping, a full sensation in the stomach or bloating—or excessive flatulence,” says Dr. Dzifaa K. Lotsu, a gastroenterologist at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. “These ...

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