Digestive Health

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.

Innovative Products for Inflammatory Bowel, GI Ulcer Conditions

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 2. Summer, 2004

Glutamine is an amino acid with major benefits for patients with ulcers, and ulcerative colitis. Biotics Research has made glutamine a cornerstone of its digestive health line. Proper Nutrition. s SeaCure, a hydrolyzed fish protein originally developed to helped malnourished children, is proving highly beneficial for many patients with chronic lower GI disorders.

Probiotics Research Roundup

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 2. Summer, 2004

Medical researchers have been paying a lot of attention lately to probiotics for the management of many digestive problems including ulcerative colitis, Crohn. s disease, diarrhea, and liver diseases. A review of some of the most compelling recent scientific papers on probiotics.

Saccharomyces boulardii Proves to Be a Powerful GI Pathogen-Buster

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 2. Summer, 2004

Saccharomyces boulardii is a tropical yeast that grows on the skins of tropical fruits like lychees and mangosteens. People in Indochina have been using it to treat digestive problems for centuries. Thanks to Dr. Henri Boulard, who brought this strain to France nearly a century ago, and Biocodex, a French natural medicine company, S. boulardii is now among the most widely used probiotics in the world.

Zinc Carnosine: A New Option for Peptic Ulcers

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 2. Summer, 2004

A special report on zinc carnosine, a new natural product that promotes wound healing and strengthens the stomach. s natural defenses against Helicobacter pylori and other factors causing peptic ulcers. Marketed in the US as ZinLori 75, zinc carnosine has a strong scientific pedigree and offers major advances over conventional acid-inhibiting therapies.

New Guidelines Give a Nod to Probiotics for Irritable Bowel

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 1. Spring, 2009

In it's new position paper on treatment of IBS, the American College of Gastroenterology has formally recognized the value of certain probiotics. Natural medicine has much else to offer patients struggling with this difficult chronic condition.