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    Are you suffering with Candida overgrowth?

    Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by yeasts that belong to the genus Candida. There are over 20 species of...

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    Drugs for stomach acid can cause serious magnesium deficiency

    In 2012 the FDA issued a warning that proton pump inhibitors can cause serious magnesium deficiency. Proton pump inhibitors (PPI) are the most commonly used drugs for reflux, heartburn and ulcers. They reduce the ability of the stomach to produce acid. Some common brands include Losec, Zoton, Nexium, Pariet and Prevacid. The biggest problem with these drugs is that people take them every day for the rest of their life. Stomach acid is very necessary for good, efficient digestion and absorption of vitamins and minerals. It’s not surprising then that long term use of these drugs increases the risk of osteoporosis. They are also linked to a higher risk of dementia, mainly because they reduce absorption of B vitamins.

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    What really causes diverticulitis?

    Diverticulitis is incredibly common, yet the most common dietary advice given to patients may be incorrect. Diverticula are small pouches that bulge outward through the large intestine (colon). If you have these pouches, you have diverticulosis. Diverticulosis becomes increasingly common as people age. It is estimated that half of all people over age 60 have it. Most people with diverticulosis don't have any symptoms. Occasionally they may experience mild cramps, bloating or constipation. Diverticulosis is often discovered while a person is undergoing tests for something else. Many people first discover they have diverticula pockets in their bowel while they are undergoing a colonoscopy screening for colon cancer. If the pouches become inflamed or infected, this is referred to as diverticulitis. Abdominal pain is the most common symptom, and it’s usually on the left size. Depending on the severity, some people also experience fever, nausea, vomiting and constipation. In very severe cases, diverticulitis can cause tears in the bowel that bleed, or blockages in the bowel. Conventional treatment usually consists of antibiotics, pain relievers, and a temporary liquid diet. Occasionally surgery is deemed necessary. What causes diverticulitis? What foods should be avoided?

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    Are dairy products good or bad for your health?

    The issue of whether cow’s milk is healthy is quite controversial, and the debate can be confusing to many people. Research has been published, which shows a possible link between dairy products and the development of hormone sensitive cancers like breast, ovarian and prostate cancers. This is not surprising, since milk is high in growth promoting hormones.

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    Wheat and other grains can increase inflammation in your body

    Research published this year in the journal Nutrients concluded with: “In the present review, we describe how the daily consumption of wheat products and other related cereal grains could contribute to the manifestation of chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Both in vitro and in vivo studies demonstrate that gliadin and wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) can both increase intestinal permeability and activate the immune system.

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    Crohn's Disease (CD)

    What is Crohn’s Disease? Crohn's Disease - or ileitis as it is sometimes called - is a chronic, relapsing inflammatory...

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    Reflux

    What is reflux? Reflux is a common problem in those who carry excess weight. It is referred to as reflux esophagitis, and...

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    Constipation

    What exactly is constipation? Constipation is not only irregularity of bowel actions. It also has to do with the hardness of...

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    Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    What is irritable bowel syndrome? Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition characterized by symptoms of constipation and/or diarrhea...

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    Leaky Gut Syndrome

    If you have an interest in health, leaky gut syndrome is probably something you've heard of. You may have even...

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