How Hormones Affect IBS Symptoms

Posted by Proper Nutrition on 4/26/17 2:04 PM

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While the origins of irritable bowel syndrome may be murky, one thing is clear: it’s an illness that affects women far more than men.

A growing body of research shows that hormones such as progesterone and estrogen may be the reason. Let’s take a closer look at how hormones affect IBS symptoms.

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Topics: ibs, hormones

Heartburn, Acid Reflux and GERD: What Are the Differences?

Posted by Proper Nutrition on 4/19/17 2:42 PM

Heartburn, Acid Reflux and GERD: What Are the Differences?

The terms “heartburn,” “acid reflux” and “GERD” tend to get used interchangeably, but they all refer to very different conditions.

In this week’s blog post, we’ll look at the differences between heartburn, acid reflux and GERD, along with some things you can do to bring relief if you’re suffering from these digestive ailments.

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Topics: heartburn, acid reflux, GERD

The Connection Between IBS, Anxiety and Depression

Posted by Proper Nutrition on 4/12/17 1:36 PM

The Connection Between IBS, Anxiety and Depression

There’s no known cause-and-effect relationship between irritable bowel syndrome and depression.

Think of them instead as “known associates.” For many people, the two conditions are often found together, sometimes bringing out the worst in each other.

We recognize that this can be a frustrating cycle. Fortunately, many of the steps that can alleviate depression can help with IBS symptoms as well. Read on to learn more about the connection between IBS, anxiety and depression.

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Topics: anxiety, ibs related anxiety, ibs, depression

How to Get Support for Digestive Disorders

Posted by Proper Nutrition on 4/5/17 2:30 PM

Support for Digestive Disorders

Living with a digestive disorder can be difficult, in part because they are difficult to talk about.

“Patients are often reluctant to discuss most of what occurs in the bathroom,” says Dr. Barrett Levesque, who specializes in inflammatory bowel disease at Scripps Clinic in San Diego, California. “Although it’s a universal human experience, most people don’t want to discuss their bowel habits.”

But it’s important to get support for digestive disorders. For one thing, talking to a doctor about your digestive troubles can help them identify – or rule out – serious illnesses such as Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, ulcerative colitis or even colorectal cancer.

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Topics: digestive disorders

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Posted by Proper Nutrition on 3/29/17 1:56 PM

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Leaky gut syndrome is not an official diagnosis, and there’s some debate in the traditional medical community about whether it’s a real condition.

But experts in alternative medicine world say leaky gut plagues many people who suffer from gastrointestinal issues such as bloating, constipation and diarrhea.

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Topics: leaky gut syndrome