Medication, diet and lifestyle can cause digestive problems as you age. Get five tips that will help you avoid or manage these issues.
Trillions of bacteria live in your intestines — but don’t be grossed out. Many of them are “good” bacteria that help keep us healthy. Think of it like having pets living inside of us. And as with any pets, you’ve got to feed them. Cleveland Clinic Digestive Disease Institute’s Gail Cresci, PhD, RD, who studies … Read More
Rosmarinus officinalis, or common rosemary, is an evergreen that’s related to mint – with a distinctive piney aroma. But besides its uplifting scent, why should you reach for rosemary when you’re cooking up your next dish? In this infographic, Kristen Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD, dietitian and wellness manager for Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, explains the health … Read More
You scream for ice cream — but every time you indulge in a cone, your stomach answers back to you. Could it be lactose intolerance? Find out how to get a diagnosis and manage this condition.
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You can find relief whether your constipation is a typical case or something more serious. The difference comes in how you find relief.
If you’ve battled a gastrointestinal (GI) infection before, you know it’s not pleasant. But typically symptoms don’t last longer than a few days. However, in some cases, the effects linger for weeks or months — even after a person is no longer vomiting or having severe symptoms after a bad bout with a virus or … Read More
There are a variety of health claims about dry brushing. For those who aren’t familiar with the technique, it involves daily body massage with a dry, stiff-bristled brush. It’s been said to help flaky winter skin, increase circulation, detoxify, help digestion – and even improve the appearance of cellulite. But are these claims true? Some, … Read More
Anytime you have pain, bleeding and itching in your anal area, you’re going to worry. First, these are all uncomfortable sensations — there’s no getting around that. And second, they can be scary and make you wonder, “What’s going on?” Many patients will assume hemorrhoids are to blame, but there’s another common culprit behind symptoms … Read More
Food sustains us, so a diagnosis of achalasia — a rare condition in which the esophagus cannot move food into the stomach — can be overwhelming. The esophagus is the muscular tube that connects our throat and stomach. When someone has achalasia, the valve at the lower end of the esophagus – the lower esophageal … Read More
If your bowels and urinary tract are like a plumbing system, a fistula is like an untrained plumber. It connects things that should not be connected. Fistula is a condition in which organs or vessels in your body form abnormal passageways. For example, a connection forms between the anus and vagina or the bladder and … Read More