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Could Your Gut Microbiome Be Making You Sick?

March 17, 2020

Bacteria and other microorganisms are infamous for making us sick, but they're not all bad. In fact, you share your body with trillions of them. That might sound concerning but don't worry, they're symbiotic and they're here to help! Without the large number of microscopic critters living in your digestive tract, your body wouldn't work properly. A Win-Win Situation Your digestive system has trillions of bacteria, fungi, and viruses, especially in your intestines, where your nutrients are absorbed. Studies have found that the total amount of bacteria in a human body can weigh in at about 2-5...Continue Reading

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Know the Early Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer

March 12, 2020

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer, or cancer of the colon and/or rectum, is the leading cause of cancer death for men and women. However, over the last decade, medical advancements have helped to decrease the number of people that die each year from colorectal cancer. The good news is that when caught early, colorectal cancer can often be effectively treated and does not become a death sentence. The challenge is that many people ignore the early warning signs and delay medical screenings that could save their life. When it comes to colorectal cancer, knowledge is...Continue Reading

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Upset Stomach or Crohn's Disease?

September 18, 2018

The stomach is a fascinating organ that helps keeps our bodies nourished and healthy. This powerhouse organ breaks down food by secreting acid and enzymes. It contracts to digest food so the small intestines can absorb the nutrients. Your stomach also stands guard against harmful things like bacteria, parasites, or spoiled food. Problems with the stomach can arise for a variety of reasons and range from mild irritations to life-threatening conditions. One of the more serious gastrointestinal diseases is Crohn’s disease. Because Crohn’s disease symptoms can be confused with a regular upset...Continue Reading