Digestive Health

New Studies Support Probiotics for IBS, Ulcerative Colitis

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 6, No. 3. Fall, 2005

Several new studies published in major medical journals over the last 6 months are strengthening the scientific support for use of probiotics as treatment for irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and chronic liver diseases.

A Clinician's Guide to Probiotics

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 5, No. 2. Summer, 2004

There is increasingly strong clinical rationale for the wider use of probiotics—dietary supplements comprised of strains of "friendly" gut flora—for the prevention and treatment of a range of conditions.

Managing Dysbiosis: Gut Feelings—Rethinking the GI Tract

By Staff Writer - Vol. 3, No. 3. October, 2002

The GI tract is far more than a passive piece of biological plumbing. It contains almost as many neurons as the brain, regulates immunologic function, and hosts an amazingly complex community of microorganisms. Keeping the digestive system. s micro-flora in balance is one of the keys to managing digestive problems and maintaining overall health, says Leo Galland, MD, an internist specializing in holistic management of GI problems.

Diagnosing Dysbiosis: Key Clinical Questions

By Staff Writer - Vol. 3, No. 3. October, 2002

Dysbiosis, the loss of . friendly. gut bacteria and overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria and fungi, underlies a lot of digestive disorders. A few key questions can help identify what is going on and what sorts of treatment might help.

Good Digestion Requires Right pH at the Right Place at the Right Time

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 2. April, 2003

In order to digest and absorb food properly, the stomach must be highly acidic, while the intestine is strongly alkaline. Many individuals with digestive problems have dysregulated gut pH. The most common problem is underproduction of stomach acid, which results in poor enzyme function, dysbiosis, and incomplete breakdown of many food groups. Fortunately, these problems can be easily corrected with relatively inexpensive dietary supplements.

For Gut Health, Know Thy Fibers

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 2. April, 2003

Dietary . fiber. is actually a mixture of soluble and insoluble plant polysaccharides. Soluble fibers like oat and psyllium absorb a lot of water and slow the release of nutrients into circulation. Insoluble fibers like wheat bran, soy, and other grain fibers, scour the intestinal lining, increasing surface area for absorptions. Which type to use depends on what sort of digestive symptoms are present.

Spring Cleaning: Internal Cleansing for Optimal Digestive Health

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 4, No. 2. April, 2003

Periodic internal cleansing makes a lot of health sense, and there are a number of methods for doing this, including fasts, elimination diets, and botanical-based cleansing regimens. Robyn Depasquale, ND, Martha Volchok, and others provide a guide to the benefits of seasonal GI cleansing.

A Seven-Day Diet Cleanse

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 2. April, 2003

Herbal self-cleansing kits can be effective approaches to internal cleansing, but they are not the only method. Many of the same benefits can be obtained with special diets, including this seven-day elimination diet.

Helpful Tools for Spring Cleaning

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 2. April, 2003

There are many herbal cleansing and detoxification kits now on the market. Holistic Primary Care provides a brief review of three widely available kits of varying degrees of intensity.

In Chronic Digestive Disease, Every Symptom Tells a Story

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 5, No. 2. Summer, 2004

Long term management of chronic digestive diseases like gastroesophageal reflux, ulcers, Crohn. s disease and ulcerative colitis, require far more than prescription drugs. John Mizenko, DO, a holistic gastroenterologist, believes it is essential to understand a patient. s eating habits, psychosocial stresses, and the subjective meaning of the symptoms. He offers his strategies, learned over 40 years in practice, for treating a range of common digestive diseases.