GI Disorders: Risk Factors, Symptoms and Where to Seek Care

It’s not uncommon to experience the occasional upset stomach or heartburn. But when you start having regular symptoms, it may indicate a more serious health issue. Although experiencing frequent gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms is frustrating, these conditions can be successfully managed. The first step is learning more about GI disorders – who’s most affected, symptoms to … Continued

Four Common GI Cancers

Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers are a major public health issue that rival the incidence of lung, breast and prostate cancers. In fact, taken as a whole, they are the number two cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Both genders and all races and ages are affected. However, there are certain factors that put people … Continued

When Bacteria is Good for Your Health

Bacteria is generally thought of as something that’s best avoided. However, there are certain types that are beneficial to your health. Having good bacteria in your body can help relieve irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, such as constipation. Good bacteria also provide a little boost to your immune system and may help decrease vaginal yeast infections, … Continued

GERD May Be to Blame for Frequent Heartburn

Up to 20 percent of American adults experience occasional heartburn. Many people chalk it up to eating a spicy or fatty meal. But if it starts occurring more frequently, it could be caused by something more serious, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD occurs when stomach acid frequently flows back into your esophagus, eventually … Continued

Eight Tips for Better Digestive Health

These days, it seems more people than ever are experiencing digestive issues, such as gas, bloating and upset stomach. This is often due to lifestyle factors – convenience is king and people are dining out more and consuming processed foods. However, there are many issues that play into digestive health. Here are eight simple things … Continued

Colonoscopy: What to Expect Before, During and After

“The prep will be awful.” “This is going to hurt.” “It’s dangerous.” These are some of the most common misconceptions about a colonoscopy. The truth is that it’s a safe, minimally invasive procedure that significantly reduces the risk of colon cancer. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. … Continued