Understanding Triggers For IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder of the gastrointestinal (GI) system, affecting the large intestine.  It is estimated that up to 55 million Americans, mostly women, are living with IBS.  Because IBS is a functional GI disorder, it may cause several different symptoms which are bothersome and uncomfortable.  However, it will not result in damage… Read more »

Gluten Allergy: What To Do Next?

Celiac disease is one of the most common gastrointestinal diseases, affecting as many as 1 in 100 people. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. When a person has celiac sprue, the immune system recognizes gluten as a threat and attacks it. As the food passes through your small intestine, the immune response damages… Read more »

Microbes & Gut Health: A Vital Relationship

Microorganisms live all over the body – on our skin, mouth, nose, teeth, and throat, as well as in the gut. The bacteria known as “normal flora” area actually quite beneficial for health – they prevent the body from being colonized by harmful microbes, and they may help the body perform important actions. For example,… Read more »

Aspirin and GI Health

For years, doctors have known that regular use of aspirin can reduce the risk of heart problems. Now, researchers have discovered another potential use of aspirin: the prevention of digestive cancer. A new study from the Center for Cancer Prevention at Queen Mary University of London’s Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine found that taking aspirin daily reduced… Read more »

New Recommendations For Management Of IBS & Chronic Constipation

The American College of Gastroenterology recently released a review of the data for the management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC). Patients with IBS experience issues such as abdominal pain, constipation, and frequent diarrhea. Unlike inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) conditions such as Crohn’s, IBS does not involve changes to the structure of the bowel but is a”functional” problem, how… Read more »

What’s ERCP And Who Does It?

Endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP) is a procedure that allows a gastroenterologist to examine the pancreatic and bile ducts. ERCP is an essential tool in diagnosing pancreatic conditions, managing jaundice, and dealing with gallstones that migrate to the bile ducts. ERCP is best performed by a board-certified gastroenterologist, who will have the highest ability to perform the procedure, interpret… Read more »

H Pylori: The Surprise Cause Of Most Ulcers

Helicobacter pylori, also known as H. pylori, is a bacteria that can cause stomach ulcers. H. pylori infect roughly two-thirds of people worldwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although it doesn’t always cause ulcers. Most people who have this bacteria never experience any symptoms of it. As sanitation improves, cases of H.… Read more »

Treating Stress-Induced Gastric Disorders

The blues are in the air. With tax season, school wrapping up, and the impending swimsuit season—everyone’s singing the blues. But how is your body handling this stressful month? Stress triggers the “fight or flight” response in our body—causing your heart to beat faster and pumping the adrenaline and cortisol levels. In life-threatening situations (acute events),… Read more »

Identifying The Signs Of IBS During Menstruation

Aunt Flo’s visit. The curse. The crimson wave. Need we go on, ladies? Menstruation can be painful, emotional, and downright uncomfortable for any woman. But it can be difficult to tell if diarrhea, constipation, bloating, abdominal pain, etc., are part of the cycle or indicators of a functional bowel disorder, like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).… Read more »

Treating Celiac Symptom Flares

May 1st marks the beginning of Celiac Awareness Month. But that’s not the only thing it signifies. May is when minds drift in earnest to thoughts of pool parties, summer festivals, and backyard barbeques. But if you’re suffering from celiac disease, those sticky ribs and even stickier Louisiana days may put you at higher risk for… Read more »

Gastritis Symptom Triggers To Watch For

Your family and friends are gathered around the picnic table on a summer afternoon. As you talk and laugh, the dishes are passed around the table like clockwork. In the heat of the summer sun, that cold cucumber salad may look deliciously refreshing—but if you have gastritis, it could mean an untimely exodus from the… Read more »

What You Need To Know About Gastroparesis

Regularity. Your weekly lunch date. Your morning coffee. Your daily…well, you know. We all depend on regularity. We take it for granted! But when things get funky, it can throw everything off. So what’s causing the irregularity? Gastroparesis, also known as Digestive Tract Paralysis (DTP), is a gastrointestinal disorder in which the muscles of the… Read more »

4 Fiber-Filled Make-Ahead Meals For Louisiana

As the school year rolls in and your schedule starts filling up, it can be exhausting to balance work, family, and friends, let alone a healthy diet. While you’re running from the office to ballet or soccer, the siren call of fast food is all too tempting. But busy days don’t have to derail your… Read more »

Abdominal Pain: When Is It Time To Visit A Gastroenterologist?

We’ve all experienced abdominal pain at some point.  It can be bothersome and frustrating.  But, what if your abdominal pain reaches the point of concern?  If you’ve had ongoing or severe pain, you may find yourself wondering when you should see a physician, and you are right to do so.  While many stomach pains resolve… Read more »

Life With IBD: 4 Tips For Managing Symptoms

For most, stomach troubles are an occasional issue that causes short-term discomfort when a virus or bacterial infection is involved.  But, for over 1.5 million others, their digestive struggles are far more severe.  In fact, for those who are living with the condition known as inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, painful flare-ups of the disease can be… Read more »

Will I Regain Weight After The Gastric Balloon?

If you’ve decided to give the gastric balloon a try for weight loss, you have likely been on a long journey to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Exercise programs, diet fads, and medication – you may feel as though you have tried them all.  With each attempt, regardless of how much success you… Read more »

Managing 4 Common Triggers of IBS

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, is among the most common gastrointestinal disorders, affecting as much as 15 percent of the world’s population.  It is chronic in nature, and flare-ups can leave sufferers wondering if they will ever be free of the bloating, constipation, and cramping that often accompany the condition.  However, there are steps that… Read more »

Celiac Vs Crohn’s: Differences And Similarities

We all experience stomach pains from time to time and normally pay little mind to it. It could have been caused by something you ate, how much you ate, a night of drinking, nervousness, or countless other reasons. However, if you feel like you have a persisting problem that leaves you running to the bathroom… Read more »

How Does Stress Impact Digestive Health

If you have ever experienced the feeling of a knot in your stomach or queasiness when undergoing a particularly upsetting or stressful time, you are already well aware that your mental state can have significant impact over your digestive health.  This is managing stress and anxiety are imperative to not only mental health, but gut… Read more »

Gastroenteritis: Treating and Preventing A Common Stomach Bug

Stomach Flu. Stomach Bug. Stomach Virus.  All of these are common day names for gastroenteritis.  It certainly seems that Baton Rouge daycares, schools, workplaces, and other close-contact group environments have been seeing a lot of this going around over the past few weeks. Gastroenteritis is an intestinal infection, typically having a sudden onset, with the… Read more »

7 Healthy Digestion Tips Your Gut Will Thank You For

We’ve all experienced digestive woes from time to time.  Stomach cramps, constipation, heartburn, and similar problems are all clues that something just isn’t quite right within the digestive system.  In some instances, the cause is an underlying condition or illness, but in others, such problems could simply be the result of not treating our bodies… Read more »

Why Am I Constipated? 5 Surprising Reasons

For some, a watch could be set by their bathroom habits.  With fairly reliable consistency, they know when a bowel movement can be expected each day.  For others, when and where the urge may strike is not so predictable.  Still, as long as you are having at least three bowel movements per week, there isn’t… Read more »

Peptic Ulcers: Types & Causes

Peptic ulcers are sores in the esophagus, stomach, or the first part of the small intestine. Since the lining of these areas exists to protect the underlying tissues from stomach, the symptoms of a peptic ulcer can be unpleasant, and the long-term implications can be serious if the condition is untreated. Types of Peptic Ulcers … Read more »

What Causes Rectal Bleeding? Understanding Your Symptoms

Blood seen in the toilet or after wiping can be alarming. Your mind may begin to race, wondering what is causing the bleeding and if it could be something serious. Fortunately, the cause behind most cases of rectal bleeding is benign and easily treatable, so there is often no need to panic. Still, this is… Read more »

Why Am I Always Nauseous?

It is completely normal to feel stomach upset and nausea from time to time. However, when those feelings become chronic, they require further investigation to determine the underlying cause. Mental Health Causing Nausea Stress, fear, and anxiety can cause many stomach-related problems. Stress and depression can contribute to ulcers, anxiety can result in symptoms like… Read more »

Eating Disorders And GI Problems: Understanding The Connections

An eating disorder is a medical condition in which an individual practices eating habits that are harmful to their physical and mental health. Among the most commonly diagnosed types are binge eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and pica. Each condition is characterized by its own, unique set of behaviors and symptoms. However, they are… Read more »

The Link Between Celiac Disease And Iron-Deficiency Anemia

At least 3 million Americans suffer from celiac disease.  However, until recent years, the exact prevalence of the disease was not always clear.  An estimated 1 in 133 people have celiac, yet only 1 in 4,700 will ever receive their accurate diagnosis.  Despite the dramatic growth in awareness, the symptoms that accompany celiac are still often mistaken… Read more »

What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal (GI) disorder that occurs in the large intestine, colon, or small intestine.  IBS is a functional disorder of the gastrointestinal tract which means that changes in how the GI tract works causes IBS problems.  A functional disorder of the GI tract means that the intestines may appear normal… Read more »

Signs of Gluten Sensitivity You Shouldn’t Ignore

Many people have disorders that cause symptoms after they eat food containing gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Celiac disease is one of these disorders. When people with celiac disease consume gluten, the body’s own immune system responds, causing damage to the small intestine and a wide range of symptoms. Lab studies… Read more »

Why Do I Have Bright Red Blood In My Stool

  Maybe you noticed bloody toilet paper or the water in the toilet bowl turn red after your bowel movement. It doesn’t matter how it came to your attention, discovering bright red blood in your stool can be alarming. But don’t panic just yet, because it isn’t necessarily something serious. Bleeding can occur anywhere along… Read more »

I Think My Child Has an Ulcer

Does your child easily stress out? Is your child always anxious? Is your child a perfectionist? Do you worry that your child is going to get an ulcer? What Is an Ulcer? An ulcer is an open, painful sore in the digestive tract. Ulcers in the stomach are called gastric ulcers, and ulcers in the first part… Read more »

Is Your Child Lactose Intolerant?

Does your child complain of gas, diarrhea, or abdominal pain shortly after having dairy products? If yes, then your child may have lactose intolerance. What is Lactose Intolerance? Lactose intolerance is a digestive problem in people who cannot digest the sugar lactose found in milk. Lactose sugar is also found in other dairy products, such as cheese and… Read more »

The First Brain and the Second Brain (Part 1)

The connection between our gut health and our brain health is closely intertwined. You may have experienced this firsthand if you’ve had “butterflies” in your belly when you were in a worried state of mind. The reason for this is that the amazing human body has two brains: the one we are all familiar with… Read more »

Nutritional Therapy for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in children occurs as a result of genetic and environmental factors. IBD is a condition that causes chronic inflammation of the intestines. For reasons that are not yet clearly understood, the child’s immune system becomes abnormally active against his or her own intestines. The most common symptoms of IBD include diarrhea (often with blood and mucus), abdominal pain,… Read more »

What Is Toddler’s Diarrhea?

Toddler’s diarrhea is the most common cause of chronic diarrhea in a child who is continuing to gain weight and grow appropriately. The amount of diarrhea the child is having can often cause parents to become concerned. However, children with toddler’s diarrhea do not complain about abdominal pain and continue to be active. Children with toddler’s… Read more »

Causes of Stomach Ulcers You Need to Know

In the past, experts believed stress and a poor diet were the direct cause of stomach ulcers. While stress and an unhealthy diet can aggravate ulcers, doctors need patients to know there are other causes of these ulcerations in the stomach lining. Here are the 2 main causes of ulcers that doctors want you to… Read more »

The Hidden Causes of Acute Gastritis You Need to Know

Acute gastritis is the sudden inflammation of the stomach lining. The pain associated with this condition may be severe but does not last for an extended period. Acute gastritis may occur because of prescribed medications, but other hidden causes may be the leading factor in your flare-ups. Visiting with your doctor and ordering a medical… Read more »

Stomach Bug or Abdominal Migraine?

Does your child have a stomach bug? Depending on the symptoms and circumstances, she may have an abdominal migraine. Here’s how to tell the difference between an abdominal migraine and a garden-variety stomach bug. An abdominal migraine is like a migraine headache, but the pain is in the belly — not in the head. It’s… Read more »