Diverticulitis is the inflammation, and sometimes infection, of diverticula—small, protruding pockets that can form in the lining of your digestive tract. Diverticula typically form when your colon becomes weakened by pressure, though they’re usually so benign that most people are unaware they have them. As with most intestinal diseases, an imbalance in the gut’s microbiome is thought to be a contributing factor.
Gut Health and Crohn’s Disease
More than 3 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In general, IBD is seen in adults with other chronic health conditions like cancer, arthritis, liver disease, respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, and migraines. Crohn’s disease is one of the most common inflammatory bowel diseases, with nearly half a million American’s suffering from it.
Gut Health and Constipation
Here’s the poop. While constipation is a common condition, there are steps you can take to lessen your discomfort when it happens to you, or even avoid it altogether.
Gut Health and Celiac Disease
Can you recall the last time you were in a grocery store that didn’t have shelves full of gluten-free products? Celiac disease and gluten intolerance are on the rise worldwide, and the market is responding. Estimates for the number of Americans with celiac disease range from two million to three million, or about 1% of the population.
Gut Health and C. Diff
We’ve all been there: A few days into a course of antibiotics, your stomach starts to rebel and you reach for the yogurt to try to bring your digestive system back into balance. Occasionally the stomach trouble worsens, and in some cases can actually be a more serious ailment called C. diff.
Gut Health and Candida
The “gut microbiome” consists of a trillion one- and two-celled organisms living in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract: funguses, viruses, bacteria, and other types of microbes. Most are good guys; others, like E. coli, not so much.
Gut Health and Hemorrhoids
Don’t worry—as uncomfortable as hemorrhoids are, they can be managed or even eliminated with proper care. This includes attention to diet, a rebalancing of the gut microbiome, and lifestyle changes.