Category Archives: Understanding the Digestive System

Should GERD Patients Seek Online Therapy?

Many kinds of gastrointestinal diseases can affect many people. One of the most common is GERD or gastro-esophageal reflux disease. Another common term for this is acid reflux or heartburn. It is considered as a chronic digestive disease. According to a recent study, around 20% of Americans suffer from GERD. The effects of GERD usually take place at least twice or thrice a week.

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Live, Love, Eat – Healthy Gut Means Happy And Healthy You

 

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I belong to a women’s group called Deborah, and I can confidently say that our common ground is food – food for our soul and food for our physical body.

We meet once a week for Bible study, and what else is there to do after feeding our soul with the word of God – we feast!  Our pigging out time is happy and full of laughter (and sometimes tears) because it is also our time to share our stories, give our praises and thanks for surviving another week – may it be a week of trials, joy, or both.

Some of us will bring fruits and vegetable salads while others will pack finger foods, rice, meat, and kinds of pasta.  We are all adventurous when it comes to food, and so whenever a new food outlet opens up – whether a small coffee shop or buffet – we make sure to pay it a visit and try what they have to offer.   For us, FOOD is LIFE!

 

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Live To Be Spiritually Healthy (Healthy Spirituality Is A Healthy Gut)

We live not just with the food we feed our body with but most importantly the food we feed our souls with.  Our whole being will reach its state of well-being if we care enough not just about the food we eat but our spirituality. In an article of Marjie L. Roddick, MA, NCC, LMHC she emphasizes that “Signs of strong spiritual health include having clear values, a sense of self-confidence, and a feeling of inner peace.”

Spirituality is not just about religion or what you believe.  For me, it is about self-awareness, being aware of what is good and bad for the mind, body, and soul – the end-result of my religiosity.

Being aware of what is good and bad for you will put balance in all aspects of your life and will yield happiness, love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Jennifer Bradley, Psy.D., HSPP, Clinical Psychologist once stated that “When we are imbalanced, we develop various types of difficulties, including psychological and/or physical symptoms, and we begin to use ineffective or damaging coping mechanisms.”

When it comes to the matters of the gut, self-control is of utmost importance.  God gives us a lot of vast choices so that our palate will enjoy and be able to feast on everything He created – plant-based or animal-based – and it is up for us to choose.

Self-control will lead us to make good choices about food and will produce good results as we enjoy our healthy body.

 

Love Your Gut

A healthy body is a healthy mind, a manifestation that we love the one who created it and ourselves as much as we love what we eat.  Enjoying our eating time, slowly chewing our food, and giving our tummy enough time to digest everything means we care about our gut, not to overwork.

In one of our study sessions, we learned about breath prayer, a practice that if you do with your heart will become a natural part of your system like breathing.  Breath prayer allows me to focus and digest the spiritual food I take in to keep me going for the day.

Just like a breath prayer, proper breathing supplies our digestive system with enough oxygen so that it can digest the food efficiently and provide all the nutrients our every cell need.

A healthy mind is a healthy soul; a healthy digestive tract is the foundation of a healthy body.  It pays to love your gut!

 

Eat-In Gentleness

Functioning in self-control, choosing the food you want to eat, which will help maintain the ecosystem in your body, making your body healthy, enabling you to do things you would like to achieve is the true freedom. “Eat a healthful diet, that is low in fat, high in fiber, and rich in vitamins and minerals. Specific dietary factors that may be beneficial in depression are the B-complex vitamins (found in whole grains) and omega-3 fatty acids (found in cold-water fish, fish oil, and flax seeds),” says ADAA member Stephanie Kriesberg, PsyD

Whether in a coffee shop or pigging out in a smorgasbord, God wants us to enjoy and be happy with all the food He prepares for us.   It is for us to choose which and how much of each we are going to take in that we think is gentle enough to our gut but will still keep us going and not hogtie us into the bed of illness.

Don’t let the feast lane be your ticket to get in the fast lane of sickness.

To be able to live, love, and eat is the freedom that changes my whole being to its well-being, a manifestation of what my God has done in my life.

Over Thinking – Intimate Relationship Between Our Brain And Gut

A disturbed digestive tract forewarns the brain, such as a disturbed mind forewarns the intestine.

 

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There’s so much mystery to unfold with our brain and gastrointestinal system, how intimately they are connected.  The pain of the gut is the pain of both.  So it is imperative to consider the food that we will feed our body because that food is a crucial factor that will bring health to both our brain and gut.

 

Processed Foods

Are you aware that your favorite processed foods are full of bad fats, sugars, preservatives, and additives?   Of course, with our busy world, it is very convenient to just grab any processed food on the shelf without considering what impact it would make in your health. This processed food will ruin the balance of bad and good bacteria in your gut and can lead to inflammation, colitis, aches and pains, allergies, depression, acne, and many more health problems.

“Certain foods are linked to mental health issues such as increased symptoms of depression and decreased self-esteem.”  Christina L. Gmyr, LMHC, NCC  explains. So the next time you pass by the food section, avoid picking up processed food.

 

Eat Probiotics

Choosing foods rich in probiotics, such as yogurt, fermented vegetables, kefir, and sauerkraut can boost not just your mood but your gut’s health as well.  Probiotics are helpful bacteria that mostly line your intestine and are in charge of absorbing the nutrient and supporting the immune system.

 

Culinary Herbs

Herbs produce pleasant smells that heal our bodies inside out.  The aroma that the plant releases is their immune system fighting the microbial attacks and that same essential oils (smells) from these herbs help us fight infection and inflammation.

There’s more to herbs than making our meals interesting. They keep the harmful effects of flora away.

 

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Consider Healthy Fats

Fats have always been feared by many and considered as their enemy.   What most people are not aware of is that there are healthy fats that we can include in our diet that are friendly to our digestive system and are essential for brain development.  Take for instance the high amounts of antioxidants found in olive oil which protect cells from damage.  It also improves memory and cognitive function, and even serves as an anti-inflammatory.  Avocado is another source of healthy fats that protects our heart as it helps with digestion and an excellent choice for enlightening our mood.  Nuts and seeds, salmon, and tuna are also a great source of these healthy fats. Staci Lee Schnell, MS, CS, LMFT  once said, “Depression rates are higher among those with a Vitamin D deficiency. Fatty fish like salmon and tuna have the most naturally occurring Vitamin D.”

 

Sesame Seeds

Dietary fiber in sesame seeds helps your bowel movement.   Regular bowel movement prevents you from developing hemorrhoids and also colon cancer.  The amino acid in sesame seeds boosts the brain’s dopamine levels, also enhancing the feel-good hormone to reach its state of maximum activity as it balances out the others.

When feeling depressed and constipated, think of Open Sesame!

 

Nuts

A small plate of nuts such as cashews, walnuts, and almonds contain serotonin, an important chemical neurotransmitter that makes the body feel good, affecting mood, behavior, appetite, digestion, memory, sexual desire and function, and sleep.

The next time you feel down, boost that mood by nibbling on some nuts.

 

Mushrooms

Mushrooms don’t only make our food taste great; there are also some health benefits we can get from ingesting these fungi.  White button mushrooms are rich in soluble fiber which are crucial to digestion.  The shiitake mushroom has been found useful in treating depression as it provides plenty of vitamin B6 which helps in producing serotonin and neurotransmitters, resulting in having a positive mood and naturally reducing stress.

 

Abstaining From Gluten

For some, off-putting gluten or having a low-gluten diet results in a positive effect on their gut microbiome, leading to better digestion and absorption of nutrients.  Many famous players in the food industry are considering gluten-free recipes in their market.  The old ways of soaking, sprouting and souring grains help us digest the hard to break down gluten, but this process has been long forgotten because of the fast and mass production food industry. Note that “Research is now uncovering more information about just how consuming excess sugar impacts our overall health-not just our physical health but also our mental health.” Mary C. Wiley, PsyD said.

Try to bring back the past by making your food digestible and nutritious.

 

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This article may not fully uncover the mystery behind the intimacy between our gut and mood, but it proves one thing, whatever we put in our mouth will dictate the health of our gut and our brain.  Stop overthinking. Instead, start being mindful that the health of one will benefit the other and the rest of our body.

Herbal Medicine For Ulcerative Colitis

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Ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disease of the colon, an inflammatory bowel disease that causes continuing inflammation and sores in the digestive tract affecting the internal layer of the large intestine and rectum.  It can be debilitating, and sometimes the complications can be life-threatening.

There is still no known cure for ulcerative colitis but treatment can lessen the signs and can even result in long-term quiescence of the disease.

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Common GI Problems Encountered By Workers

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Work is essential to continue living, but it can also be as perilous as dying. The key to surviving life is to work to afford the demands of living adequately. People who are constantly working hard are motivated by their personal desires and wants in life – a house, car, travel and vacations, lifestyle and much more. Nonetheless, the human body is not an omnipotent that can withstand time and stress. Even though how sophisticated the machine is, there will ultimately come a time that it will reach its limits and will break down. If machines are prone to such situations, the human body is also capable of doing the same.

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Surgery Option – Da Vinci Surgical Procedure

 

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Gastro diseases affect the digestive, respiratory and urinary system of our body.  Bacteria and viruses produced by gastro infections fight the healthy cells responsible for maintaining the normal function of the body.   When the virus attacks the system, it causes an imbalance of the healthy cells, making the body systems function abnormally.  The body then reacts in a way that causes you to feel sick.

 

Symptoms To Watch Out For

Gastro diseases are categorized into many known diseases.  Common symptoms of gastro diseases are as follows:

  • The feeling of being bloated in your stomach when you have not even eaten a large meal is a sign of acid reflux.
  • The urge to vomit after eating is also a factor commonly shown in gastro diseases.
  • The gurgling and rumbling of your stomach which gives you a stomach discomfort can be a threat next to having gastro diseases.
  • The sudden attacks of abdominal pain that are gravitating towards your back, weight loss and a nauseous feeling accompanied by tiredness are primary symptoms present in all gastro diseases.

 

Gastro diseases show more symptoms as they grow more severe. Your saliva may have an unusual form. This may be sticky and have an acidic like taste in your mouth. You may also experience an increased heart rate like when you are in a nervous state.  Presenting with multiple symptoms is a sign that you need to set up an appointment with your primary doctor.  These symptoms may range from mild discomfort to a severe, life-threatening illness.

 

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Fear Of Undergoing Procedure

A life-threatening illness can happen to anyone with or without prevention.  The human body is prone when it comes to these diseases.  Diagnosing the disease especially gastro diseases as early as possible is the best way to find the cure.

The diagnosis is merely the first step; the second step is all about treating the disease.  Many of us are afraid of the second step; this may be surgical operations or necessary treatments out of our comfort zone.  Some are afraid because of the doubt that the procedure may go wrong and make the disease even worst.

 

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Da Vinci Surgery, A Robot-Assisted Procedure 

Nowadays, medical operations/technologies are becoming more advanced and perfectly safe.  Their aim, of course, is to fight and cure deadly diseases known to us.

As one of the newest and advanced technologies in the field of surgery, the Da Vinci surgical procedure for the colon is an example of how doctors can safely treat colorectal diseases.   The success rate for this very type of procedure is quite high.  The method takes place in an operating room.  A highly-trained specialty surgeon operates the robot as he positions himself in a console where he controls the movement of the robot.  This robot allows the surgeon to perform tiny incisions flawlessly and remove part of the colon when performing colectomy with less risk of infections and less pain for the patient.

 

Though having this kind of surgery requires you to ask your physician, only you and your surgeon can decide if the da Vinci robotic surgery is the best treatment for you.  Da Vinci surgery is a top-rated method of treating different kinds of diseases.   It is accurately safe and is definitely ahead of our time.

 

The goal of developing a modern method primarily in a surgical procedure is to save lives.  The da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical procedure is one of the most popular and reliable of these advanced technologies that have successfully assisted worldwide in approximately 1.5 million different surgical procedures.

Is Juicing Good For You?

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I tend to call myself a diet explorer. Some people think that I am a diet junkie, but I believe that’s a little too much. I am merely all for trying new things that will allow me to get all the nutrients I need. If it means I have to try every single method out there, then you will see me all over it.

One of the dieting techniques that I have been eyeing for some time now is juicing. I have friends who have gone on a seven- or 10-day juice cleanse, you see. They said that it seemed impossible to go through the second day without eating anything, but things became bearable over time. After the cleanse, my friends would occasionally do it for a couple of days, especially when they feel like they have overeaten.

So, as a natural sucker for new diets, I eventually tried juicing, too. Here are a few benefits that I have experienced after a while.

Consume More Fruits And Vegetables

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The first advantage of juicing is that you can consume more fruits and vegetables than usual. When you are a regular wage-earner in the metro like me, it is no surprise if you prefer to buy a $1 burger from McDonald’s than get $10 worth of organic foods. You will still have to prepare the latter while you can already eat the former as soon as it gets handed to you. Not to mention, picky eaters tend to avoid natural foods that don’t taste good.

Once you start juicing, though, you will not care about the price of vegetables and fruits. The taste will not matter much as well because you can combine kale and other bitter greens with sweet fruits. The result is that you can gain more nutrition than when you eat conventionally.

Boost Immune System

When all I was consuming was junk foods, my health was not in tiptop shape. Every time I would get rained on, I would have a cold or cough the next day. When someone in the office or bus sneezes next to me, I would be a sneezing mess soon, too.

However, after juicing, my immune system has gotten stronger than ever. Now, I can be in the rain for hours and not even sneeze. I don’t need to wear a face mask in public anymore in fear of catching another person’s virus. It has been a while since I had a fever as well.

Improve Skin Health

Perhaps because of the healthy components that are in the juice, I feel like my skin appears to be youthful and dewy. I used to have adult acne, but the spots seemed to reduce little by little. In truth, my friends were pushing me to tell them my secret regimen, but it was just juicing.

Is Juicing Good For You?

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In my opinion, yes. It does not seem that way in the beginning because you will not consume solid foods. However, when you think more about it, you will realize that you will be able to get more nutrition in this manner. You do not need to do it all your life, but it will not hurt to try it a bit.

Good luck!