As newborn babies, we are almost totally dependent on milk for sustenance and our bodies produce plenty of the enzyme lactase, which is necessary for digestion of lactose - a type of sugar present in milk.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that damages the lining of your small intestine, interferes with the absorption of vital nutrients, and can cause serious complications. In children, it may manifest as a bloated stomach, poor appetite, chronic diarrhea, muscle wasting, and a failure to thrive.
It’s the first day of vacation, and you have your bags packed and a whole itinerary chalked out. A large section of your “Must Visit” list, usually includes eateries you must visit and local cuisines you must try. However, if you are not careful, you can get a digestive problem that can put a damper on your trip.
For something so painful, you will be surprised how easy it is to avoid and stay abreast of hemorrhoids. A hemorrhoid is a common condition that is characterized by swollen blood vessels in your rectum and anus. These can make your trips to the restroom a very painful and unpleasant experience.
Most people have experienced the occasional acid reflux after a heavy meal or when lying down with a burning sensation in the chest (heartburn) that may spread up to the throat leaving a sour taste in the mouth. If you experience these symptoms regularly (at least twice a week), you may be suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease.
The importance of going for a health checkup at the right time cannot be overstated. This is especially true for some men who tend to follow the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy. Unfortunately, good health is not something you can afford to take for granted. Just like any highly complex and intricate machine, your body needs a regular checkup.
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is one of the newer, incision-less, weight-loss procedures that reduces the size of your stomach. It is a fairly simple procedure where an endoscope (a thin flexible tube with a camera and a suturing device) is passed through your mouth into your stomach. The size and shape of your stomach is then altered by a few strategically placed stiches making it physically impossible to have a large meal. The procedure is done under general anesthesia so you will not feel a thing. The total time taken is about 1-1/2 hours, after which you will be monitored in the recovery room for any complications. Most likely, you will be able to leave the hospital on the very same day!
Do you experience uncomfortable bloating in your stomach or burning in your chest after meals? You could be suffering from a digestive disease and Digestive Disease National Awareness month (May) is the opportune time to start working on your digestive health. All digestive diseases, ranging from the occasional acid reflux to full blown irritable bowel syndrome, can be controlled to some extent by the foods you eat. Here are a few suggestions to get you moving in the right direction.