Digestive System (Gastroenterology)

5 potential health benefits of eating Okra

By |August 1st, 2016|

What is Okra?  I personally have never heard of it prior to trying them fried to a crisp with a light batter like zucchini … but Okra is a warm-season vegetable popular in the southern United States, parts […]

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What are the 9 wonders of fiber?

By |July 13th, 2016|

Fiber is extremely important for your digestive system.

The body’s small intestine can’t break down and extract energy from fibres so instead it is broken down in the colon.  People who eat a lot of fiber can process their food […]

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Did you think that skim milk was better than full-fat dairy?

By |May 10th, 2016|

Background
For many years, people have been told to go for skim-milk instead of full fat milk because of the high calorie content. However, a new study could prove that this is wrong.
Aim
In a new study published in the […]

These common drugs for heartburn could damage your kidneys

By |May 5th, 2016|

Importance
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are common drugs used for gastritis, heartburn, ulcer disease etc.  The medications are popular because they improve symptoms very rapidly.
Aim
To assess the toxicity of PPIs by looking at >100k patients.
Results/conclusion
The authors of this study […]

An identified good gut bacteria favorably improves metabolic health

By |April 5th, 2016|

And who says we don’t need our probiotics?  Microbiomes are bacterias that we have in our gut … or intestines.  These bacterias have recently gained tremendous interest in the scientific community due to their effect on our overall […]

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Drink Kefir? It’s an amazing probiotic for your gut

By |March 9th, 2016|

Many people are unfamiliar with Kefir.  I know I was until recently, when a family friend introduced this amazing probiotic to me.  Milk kefir is a thick, yogurt-like cultured drink traditionally made from dairy milk, but can also be […]

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Aspartame – one of the deadliest substances in today’s diet

By |March 7th, 2016|

When it comes to artificial ANYTHING, buyer beware.  Additives such as NutraSweet, Equal, Splenda may sound innocent an innocuous, but the truth is that many, if not ALL of these types of artificial ingredients are basically chemical concoctions that have […]

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Water … how much do I need to drink?

By |February 29th, 2016|

The Down Low on H2O

We human beings are all roughly 66.666% H2O (water).

It makes up about three-quarters of our lean body mass, about 10% of our fat, and in terms of the amount of time we could live without […]

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Cranberries help urinary tract infections – but not as cranberry juice

By |February 23rd, 2016|

Dashing out for a bottle of cranberry juice when a urinary tract infection hits may not be so helpful after all.  Research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology suggests it could just be an old […]

  • kidney disease

Could protein pump inhibitors cause kidney disease?

By |February 2nd, 2016|

Protein Pump Inhibitors (PPI) are very common medications and potential treatment for reflux disease, gastritis etc. Whether it is associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD) is not known.
Aim
To assess the association of PPI and CKD.
Results/Conclusion
One per day PPI […]