Search for Health Information You Need

Archive | Gastrointestinal Diseases

Lactase Deficiency and Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance occurs when the cells that line the small intestine are unable to produce enough of the enzyme lactase, which is needed to break down the milk sugar lactose into the simple sugars glucose and galactose that the body can absorb. Lactose intolerance, which is sometimes wrongly called milk intolerance, is not the same as a milk allergy. Unlike milk allergy, lactose intolerance does not involve the immune system, a key player in all […]

Are Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease the Same Thing?

You may often hear or see the terms celiac disease, celiac sprue, gluten-sensitive enteropathy, gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity being used interchangeably. But, do they refer to the same condition? Not exactly, though they all relate to the same problem, a negative reaction to gluten found in foods made with wheat, rye or barley. The term gluten intolerance is used to describe the entire category of gluten-related problems. Gluten intolerance can be caused either by […]

Which Soft-Drinks Are Gluten-Free?

Most non-alcoholic beverages, such as sodas and juices, are made from ingredients that do not naturally contain gluten. But that does not mean you can be careless if you are sensitive to gluten. Always check product labeling for ingredients derived from barley, wheat and rye to make sure the beverage is safe for you to drink. Gluten Free Soda and Carbonated Beverages When it comes to sweet carbonated beverages like coke or Pepsi, the main […]

Celiac’s Guide to Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages

Whether you have celiac disease or other form of gluten intolerance or you are on a gluten-free diet for any other reason, you may sometimes want to have a social drink but feel uncertain about potential traces of gluten in some alcoholic beverages. Although the occasional drink will not worsen your gluten sensitivity, you still need to know exactly which alcoholic beverages are gluten-free and, therefore, safe for you to drink. In general, most spirits […]

Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment of Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain can be characterized as pain that is felt in the area anywhere between the chest and groin and it can involve any of the abdomen’s organs. Abdominal organs are contained in a bag-like membrane called peritoneum and they include stomach, pancreas, small and large intestine, appendix, liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidneys and ureters. The abdomen also contains the aorta and other blood vessels, nerves, adrenal glands and the lower end of the esophagus. The […]

Aloe Vera Juice as a Natural Remedy for Peptic Ulcers

Peptic ulcers most often affect the stomach and the duodenum, i.e. the upper section of the small intestine. Depending on the overall severity, these ulcers can be incredibly uncomfortable and get in the way of normal daily activities. Nearly 10% of people in the industrialized world will be affected by peptic ulcers at some point in their lives. An estimated 70% of these cases are a result of a bacterial infection caused by Helicobacter pylori. […]

Diagnosing Chronic Gastrointestinal Complaints

If our gastrointestinal tract is not healthy, we cannot be healthy either. This is where we digest and absorb nutrients from the food we eat, eliminate toxins, produce immune cells and house 95% of our serotonin. If things are not working well with our digestive system, we usually do not feel well. Gastrointestinal issues play some role in almost any illness. Common gastrointestinal complaints include gas, bloating, nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, slow digestion and discomfort […]

« Older posts