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Certain foods can trigger an irritable bowl syndrome flare. Check out this video to find out which videos to avoid if you're experiencing IBS symptoms.
Transcript: Recording what you consume each day will help you find the trigger foods and beverages that cause IBS...
Recording what you consume each day will help you find the trigger foods and beverages that cause IBS flare-ups. Common trigger foods include artificial fats and sweeteners, fried foods and oils, red meat and solid chocolate. Avoiding these foods may help. A. Caffeinated and carbonated drinks can also contribute to cramping. If you have IBS, B. drastically limit your intake of these drinks.More »
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You can relieve your IBS symptoms by eating certain foods. Watch this to learn more.
Transcript: Most IBS sufferers find relieve from fiber-filled foods. That's because fiber may prevent colon spasms...
Most IBS sufferers find relieve from fiber-filled foods. That's because fiber may prevent colon spasms that lead to cramps and keeps stools soft and easy to pass. Enjoy brown rice, barley, figs, prunes, raisins and oatmeal. Fruits, vegetables and juices are also great sources of fiber. One of the most helpful foods you can eat is yogurt! This low-fat treat is rich in the probioitic, acidophilus. This "friendly bacteria" helps to aid in digestion.More »
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How does heartburn develop? Watch this video to learn how this pesky, but common, condition occurs.
Transcript: Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart! Actually, heartburn is a painful burning...
Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart! Actually, heartburn is a painful burning sensation in the esophagus which is caused by acid that refluxes, or seeps up, from the stomach. When you swallow, food passes down the throat through a long tube, the esophagus, to the stomach. A muscular valve called the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES, opens to allow food into the stomach, and then it closes again. At this point, the stomach releases strong acids to help break down the food you've eaten. But if the LES opens too often or doesn't close tightly, that stomach acid can reflux into your esophagus, causing the painful sensation known as heartburn.More »
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Heartburn is a common condition that may be triggered by a variety of situations and foods. Watch this to find out what's causing your heartburn and how to avoid it.
Transcript: The foods most commonly linked to heartburn include chocolate, citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes and...
The foods most commonly linked to heartburn include chocolate, citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes and tomato sauces, peppermint-flavoring, and spicy foods, although every sufferer has unique triggers and trigger combinations. Alcohol, especially red wine, caffeinated beverages and tobacco products can also contribute to a flare-up. Another cause of heartburn is constant pressure on the stomach. For this reason, many people who are obese suffer from the condition. Additionally, 50 percent of pregnant women experience recurrent heartburn, due to the weight of the baby on their stomach. Occasionally, certain medical conditions can cause bouts of heartburn. In people with diabetes, for example, gastroparesis can lead to the condition. Gastroparesis is a disorder in which the stomach takes too long to empty, occasionally causing its contents to regurgitate into the esophagus. A hiatal hernia is a condition in which a portion of the stomach protrudes into the esophagus. This can allow stomach acid to back-up and cause heartburn.More »
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There are several over-the-counter treatments available to treat heartburn. Watch this to learn how they compare and which one you should take to treat your symptoms.
Transcript: Anatacids work by neutralizing acid in the stomach, so that when the acid enters the esophagus, it will...
Anatacids work by neutralizing acid in the stomach, so that when the acid enters the esophagus, it will be weaker, and therefore, less painful. Antacids work rapidly, but they don't last for long. If you need to take antacids more than several times a month, or don't experience relief using them, your doctor may recommend you try a different medication, such as histamine-2, or H2, blockers. Histamine is a chemical in the body that stimulates acid secretion. H2-blockers stop the histamine from binding to acid-secreting cells, thereby hindering acid production. Most H2-blockers are available over-the-counter in low doses, although some require a prescription for higher concentrations. H2-blockers, like Zantac and Axid, last longer than antacids, but they also take longer to absorb into the body. Sometimes an hour is needed to feel the effects. For this reason, you may want to try an OTC medication that combines an antacid and an H2-blocker, so you get the quick onset of action combined with sustained relief.More »
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Proton pump inhibitors are medications that prevent heartburn before it starts. Find out what a proton pump is and how this medication works.
Transcript: Acid is released from cells in the stomach by a mechanism known as a proton pump. PPIs block the pump...
Acid is released from cells in the stomach by a mechanism known as a proton pump. PPIs block the pump from releasing acid, effectively stopping heartburn before it starts. Both H2-blockers and PPIs are preventative medications, meaning that they work best if taken about an hour before a big, or potentially problematic, meal is consumed.More »
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GERD can cause several other health problems. Learn about how it can affect the esophagus.
Transcript: Esophagitis, or inflammation of the esophagus lining, is a condition that occurs in about 20 percent...
Esophagitis, or inflammation of the esophagus lining, is a condition that occurs in about 20 percent of GERD sufferers. It can lead to difficult, painful swallowing, and, on occasion, ulcers. Another more serious side effect of GERD is esophageal stricture, a narrowing of the esophagus, which is caused by the body repeatedly attempting to repair reflux damage. Esophageal stricture can cause difficulty swallowing, food regurgitation and severe weight loss. Another negative consequence of GERD is Barrett's esophagus, a condition in which the body changes the structure of the cells lining the esophagus. This occurs due to the body's repeat attempts to heal acid damage. The problem with these disorders of the esophagus is that many people just believe they have heartburn, and are unaware of the more serious consequences of GERD.More »
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Severe GERD is treatable with surgery. Check out this video to learn how the surgery works.
Transcript: Medication and lifestyle changes can control about 95 percent of GERD, but for some people, surgery will...
Medication and lifestyle changes can control about 95 percent of GERD, but for some people, surgery will become necessary. The goal of GERD surgery is to tighten the lower esophageal sphincter that, when lose, allows acid to leak. The most common GERD surgery is fundoplication, or a stomach wrap. This procedure involves grabbing a piece of the stomach and looping it around the lower end of the esophagus to create a sphincter. The wrap must be tight enough to prevent reflux, but loose enough to allow food and belches to pass. Sometimes, a doctor will use radiofrequency catheter ablation to treat GERD. Also known as the Stretta procedure, it involves applying small doses of radiofrequency energy into the esophageal sphincter. This causes the lining of the esophagus to expand, in turn resulting in a tightening of the valve that releases acid. The LES can also be tightened with sutures using the Bard endoscopic suturing system. During this surgery, stitches are placed at either side of the LES and are then tied together.More »
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When you have celiac disease, gluten causes uncomfortable symptoms. Learn why that happens in this video.
Transcript: To understand what happens when a person with celiac consumes gluten, it helps to look at the functioning...
To understand what happens when a person with celiac consumes gluten, it helps to look at the functioning of the small intestine in the digestive system. In a healthy individual, the small intestine is lined with thin, hair-like protrusions called villi, which work to absorb essential nutrients from food. In a person with celiac disease, the body's immune system mistakenly views gluten as a threat. In response, protective proteins known as antibodies are made to destroy the gluten. Unfortunately, these antibodies also injure the villi in the small intestine, temporarily causing them to flatten, and making it impossible for them to absorb nutrients.More »
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The symptoms of celiac disease are frustrating and uncomfortable. Watch this video to learn all about celiac disease symptoms.
Transcript: Although the symptoms of celiac disease vary by individual, malabsorption often leads to rapid weight...
Although the symptoms of celiac disease vary by individual, malabsorption often leads to rapid weight loss. In addition, sufferers may experience abdominal cramping, severe bloating, gas, and diarrhea. Then again, some patients have no symptoms at all. A separate condition, which manifests differently but also stems from the consumption of the gluten protein, is a skin rash known as dermatitis herpetiformis, or DH. Although people with DH do not usually experience symptoms past the rash on their bodies, eating gluten will still affect them internally as it does people with celiac disease. For this reason, people with DH also need to follow a gluten-free diet. This is because if gluten continues to be consumed, celiac disease and DH can lead to potentially deadly cancers in the small intestine.More »
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To diagnose celiac disease, your doctor may have to perform several tests. Watch this video to learn about them.
Transcript: To determine if celiac disease is present in a patient, a doctor will perform a blood test to look for...
To determine if celiac disease is present in a patient, a doctor will perform a blood test to look for antibodies indicative of celiac disease. If the results of the test suggest celiac, a doctor will follow-up with a procedure called an endoscopy. An endoscopy is performed under anesthesia and involves easing a long, thin tube through the mouth and stomach into the small intestine. Once there, the doctor obtains a tissue sample called a biopsy. The biopsy will then be sent to a lab and checked for damage, which would indicate a diagnosis of celiac disease.More »
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Irritable bowel syndrome can produce frustrating and uncomfortable symptoms. Watch this video to learn about IBS symptoms.
Transcript: Although IBS is a lifelong problem, it does NOT cause the serious intestinal changes that other digestive...
Although IBS is a lifelong problem, it does NOT cause the serious intestinal changes that other digestive conditions, such as Crohn's disease, do. A common complaint among IBS sufferers is abdominal pain, or cramping, which is often relieved by a bowel movement. People with IBS also experience diarrhea or constipation, often alternating between bouts of the loose watery stools of diarrhea and the painful, hard ones of constipation. Gas and bloating are also almost always cited as symptoms. In addition, some sufferers notice mucous in their stools or experience the unpleasant sensation their bowels have not emptied fully. All in all, IBS is often embarrassing and can be debilitating to sufferers who have severe symptoms!More »
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