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IBS Diet Plan, Including What Foods to Avoid

According to a clinical review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects between 7 percent to 21 percent of the general population. The amount of people who now struggle with some form of IBS is estimated to be a shocking 60 million people in the U.S. alone (roughly…

Coconuts: Top 10 Coconut Benefits + How to Eat

Coconuts are considered one of the healthiest fruits in the world, and for good reason. They are packed with healthy fats, antioxidants and important micronutrients and help protect organs. Today, coconut is used in a number of food products, including coconut oil, flour, milk and water. The fruit can be found in just about every…

Are Foods with Oxalates (Oxalic Acid) Bad for You?

It's no secret that foods like spinach, broccoli and sweet potatoes are brimming with health benefits. But did you know that they're also high in oxalates? Oxalates are organic compounds that can accumulate in the kidneys, increasing the risk of painful kidney stones. But while a low-oxalate diet was once the go-to treatment for kidney…

Mediterranean Diet Benefits (Plus How to Follow It)

Not only is the Mediterranean diet a tasty way to eat, drink and live, but it’s also a realistic and sustainable way to reduce disease-causing inflammation and maintain a healthy weight. In fact, U.S. News named the Mediterranean Diet the best overall diet among different 41 diets. For thousands of years, people living along the Mediterranean Sea…

Poop: What’s Normal, What’s NOT + 7 Steps to Healthy Pooping

Wondering if your poop is considered "normal"? Most of us have asked ourselves this question at some point. When you're not regularly having normal bowel movements, or your feces is an unusual color and/or consistency, this can definitely indicate that something isn’t quite right. There are many reasons why you might not be pooping regularly…

How to Stop Diarrhea: Causes, Risk Factors and Home Remedies

Diarrhea is a common type of gastrointestinal upset or infection. It causes frequent and excessive discharging of the bowels in the form of abnormally watery stools and stomach pains. If you or one of your children recently developed diarrhea, the first question you likely ask is, "Can you tell me how to stop diarrhea fast?"…

What Is Lactic Acid? How to Prevent Buildup

Lactic acid (or rather, lactate) is produced in response to demanding physical activities that stress the muscles and cause an increased need for energy. In this way, it's a response that naturally makes you want to slow down and rest when your muscles are stressed and you're exerting lots of energy. The more often that…

Is the Freekeh Supergrain the New Quinoa?

Despite its odd name, freekeh (pronounced free-kah), aka farik, may be the new supergrain. While quinoa has been high on the quest for healthy grain-like alternatives, freekeh, often spelled freekah or frikeh, has some benefits that may surprise you, while also providing some variety to your diet. The biggest concern for many is the wheat…

Borscht Recipe: a Hearty Beet Soup from Eastern Europe

During wintertime, there’s nothing better than digging into a bowl of warm, nourishing soup. When you want one that’s filling and is a staple Eastern Europe that uses their common beet vegetable, it's time to make borscht! What Is Borscht? If you ask someone from Eastern Europe, it’s likely that they’ll tell you borscht originated…