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Ulcerative Colitis Diet: Foods, Supplements & Natural Remedies that Heal

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcer symptoms, or sores in the digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis affects the innermost lining of the large intestine and rectum. This inflammatory disease can be debilitating, and sometimes it can even lead to life-threatening complications. Ulcerative colitis may lead to a narrowed area of…

Prevent Painful Ischemic Colitis & Improve Symptoms Naturally

About 1 in 1,000 hospitalizations is due to some type of condition that affects the blood vessels leading to the intestines, called intestinal vasculopathy. (1) Ischemic colitis is the most common type of intestinal vasculopathy and form of ischemia affecting the bowels. It's especially a big concern among elderly patients. The term ischemia (also sometimes spelled…

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (+ 7 Natural Ways to Help Relieve IBD Symptoms)

by Katherine Brind'Amour, PhD Inflammatory bowel disease is chronic inflammation (swelling and irritation) of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The two main diseases that fall in this category are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Both of these conditions are caused by an abnormal response from your body’s immune system, where your system attacks your own tissue.…

Oleic Acid: Top 9 Uses & Benefits of This Healthy Fat

You've probably heard about the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, which can be partly attributed to the healthy fats found in olive oil. Well, did you know that oleic acid, the fatty acid that's the most abundant component in olive oil, is what allows for these benefits? Oleic acid is an omega-9 fatty acid…

C Diff Infection: Causes, Symptoms & 8 Natural Treatments

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, Clostridium difficile also commonly known as C Diff is currently one of the leading drug-resistant threats to to the our population. A 2015 CDC study reveals that C. difficile was behind nearly 500,000 infections among patients in the United States in just one year. Can C diff…

What Causes Blood in Stool? + 5 Natural Remedies

Seeing bright red blood in stool is no laughing matter, especially when it's your own poop. Sometimes it can mean something serious is going on. Other times it may be minor and nothing to lose sleep over. But either way, pooping blood can be quite alarming and it's not something to just ignore. (1) Are you wondering…

SCD Diet: Can a Specific Carbohydrate Diet Help You?

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is a form of elimination diet that removes many common carb sources — including all grains, dairy products, most starches and many types of sugars — in order to help heal the digestive system. According to the creators of the SCD diet, based on feedback received over the past several decades,…

Rectal Bleeding Causes + 5 Natural Ways to Find Relief

If you've been pooping blood recently, hopefully you haven't been ignoring it like it's no big deal. Seeing bright red blood on the toilet paper or in the toilet bowl is definitely a sign that something is not exactly right in your body at that moment, particularly in your gastrointestinal tract. Sometimes it may just be…

Triphala: an Ayurvedic Herbal Formulation that Fights Cancer & Constipation

Used for well over 2,000 years, triphala is a staple of Ayurvedic medicine. In India, it's considered the greatest and most versatile of all herbal formulations. What is triphala or triphala churna? It's a traditional herbal formulation made from the dried powder of three different fruits. The name comes from combining the Sanskrit words "tri" meaning three,…

Crohn’s Disease Symptoms, Risk Factors + How to Treat

It's estimated that 1.4 million Americans (around 0.5 percent of the U.S. population) suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), whether in the form of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. (1) Crohn's disease is a type of IBD characterized by inflammation of the lining of the GI (gastrointestinal, or digestive) tract, abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and…