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Probiotics or digestive enzyme supplements for proper digestion and relief of irregularity?

Probiotics or digestive enzyme supplements for proper digestion and relief of irregularity?

It depends...: This depends on the cause. At 21 a lack of digestive enzymes (or low hydrochloric acid) is less likely than an imbalance of flora. Probiotics may help but if you have intestinal parasites or overgrowth of candida anti-microbial herbs may help too. You may also have gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance or other food sensitivities, or magnesium/other nutrient deficiencies. Find ; treat the cause! ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Is the paleo diet a good diet for someone with digestive issues?

Is the paleo diet a good diet for someone with digestive issues?

Yes!: Paleo diet works well for gastrointestinal issues. I suggest checking out this quick start guide http://doccarnahan.Blogspot.Com/2013/02/a-quick-start-guide-paleo-diet.Html. ...Read more

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Could pancreatic insufficiency cause difficulty digesting fats? The digestive symptom are severe. Empirically, a very low-fat diet helps.

Could pancreatic insufficiency cause difficulty digesting fats? The digestive symptom are severe. Empirically, a very low-fat diet helps.

pancreatic insuffici: Pancreatic insufficiency causes difficulty digesting fats: read this wiki... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/exocrine_pancreatic_insufficiency. ...Read more

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Can bowel adhesions cause vitamin deficiency and digestive problems?

Can bowel adhesions cause vitamin deficiency and digestive problems?

Not commonly: Everyone that has had an a abdominal surgery will form some degree of adhesions. Hopefully most will be minimal. Most patients with "adhesions" will have no problems. If there is chronic or recurrent partial bowel obstructions from adhesions then maybe there could be digestive problems. Vitamin deficiency would not be likely unless they are unable to eat a healthy diet. ...Read more

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Best diet for ulcer reduction, gastric problems?

Best diet for ulcer reduction, gastric problems?

What Works: Lots of various foods choices long promoted but little scientific evidence any really work. The larger issues are internal controls of micro-erosions, presence/resistance to heliobacter pylori bacteria (can be hard to eradicate ; can recur), ingestion of nsaids ; other irritants, internal controls of local blood flow, emotions, etc. ...Read more

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Can a vegan/vegetarian diet help with recurring gastroenteritis?

Can a vegan/vegetarian diet help with recurring gastroenteritis?

Yes it can: Depending on what you are eating. Light healthy vegetarian diet is good for GI health. Rice and lentils are good source of carb and protein during diarrhea, make sure eat plenty of yogurt and probiotics for good bacteria. ...Read more

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Have diarrhea for 2 months. No relief. Fodmap diet not help. Tested for crones, celiac and other things. Help.

Have diarrhea for 2 months. No relief. Fodmap diet not help. Tested for crones, celiac and other things. Help.

Functional Medicine: You need to find a functional medicine expert in your area to determine if there are microbial imbalances or leaky gut leading to inflammation. They can do more specific testing such as comprehensive digestive stool analysis to determine what the underlying problem is and help you work to correct it. http://doccarnahan.blogspot.com/2012/04/leaky-gut-syndrome-linked-to-many.html. ...Read more

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Can a salmonella infection lead to the development, over the years, of alcohol intolerance and IBS / leaky gut? is low FODMAP diet a good solution?

Can a salmonella infection lead to the development, over the years, of alcohol intolerance and IBS / leaky gut? is low FODMAP diet a good solution?

No difference in Rx: A very recent research study found that people who had been infected with the intestinal parasite Giardia had an elevated risk of irritable bowel sundrome. Maybe other intestinal infections like shigellosis can do the same. However, it probably makes no differenence i how IBS should be treated. This is something to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is Prevacid effective for gastritis?nexium (esomeprazole) causes diarrhea for me.also can gastritis cause constipation..have had some of that with gastritis flare up

Is Prevacid effective for gastritis?nexium (esomeprazole) causes diarrhea for me.also can gastritis cause constipation..have had some of that with gastritis flare up

Nexium can't: cause gastritis; however, diarrhea has been reported. Additionally, gastritis, does not necessarily cause constipation. It is time to consult your prescribing physician and, if you are self medicating: STOP! ...Read more

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Does digestive enzymes help digestion when you are on a high protein diet? I'm having problems with constipation

Does digestive enzymes help digestion when you are on a high protein diet? I'm having problems with constipation

Fiber: One who has constipation on high meat diet would do well to eat an apple a day + 1/2 portion of Oatmeal with fruit and nuts at breakfast. If problem persists, see Gastroenterologist. Fiber-roughage is what is needed. ...Read more

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Can a vegan diet help with recurring gastroenteritis?

Can a vegan diet help with recurring gastroenteritis?

Unlikely: There is no reason a vegan diet would specifically help recurrent gastroenteritis. You should see your provider to find out a possible cause. ...Read more

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What causes colitis, Crohn's disease and other digestive problems?

What causes colitis, Crohn's disease and other digestive problems?

Unknown: While we don't entirely know what causes these, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and crohn's) appears to be caused by an autoimmune mechanism. There is a degree of genetic susceptibility, which seems to be higher in crohn's. However other theories, such as a virus as a cause, may also play a role. There are many other forms of colitis that may mimic these, and only a doctor can tell. ...Read more

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What diet is for kidney problems?

What diet is for kidney problems?

Depends on problem: Diet restriction depends on the problem. Chronic kidney disease- usually sodium, potassium, and some protein restriction; possibly phosphorus restriction. Stone disease usually increased water intake. Always check with your doctor and may be nephrologist before making any changes in the diet. ...Read more

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Could probiotics help with stomach problems such as being treated for stomach problems?

Could probiotics help with stomach problems such as being treated for stomach problems?

Yes: Discuss w your doctor. Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Bifantis, Lactobacillus GG, Bacillus Coagulans, Bacillus Subtilis, Lactobacillus Salivarius are probiotics which can aid digestive problems ...Read more

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Brat diet used for gastroesophageal disease?

Brat diet used for gastroesophageal disease?

No: A brat diet is used mainly for diarrhea. Certain foods such as fried, fatty and spicy foods as well as soda, alcohol and caffeine may aggravate gastroesophageal disease. ...Read more

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For problems with inadequate peristalsis (nonspecific neuromuscular problem), is a liquid diet good? Can liquify fruits, veggies, tofu for p.M. Meal

For problems with inadequate peristalsis (nonspecific neuromuscular problem), is a liquid diet good?  Can liquify fruits, veggies, tofu for  p.M. Meal

Depends: Liquids tend to be easier to digest (as they are pre-digested down), but some neuromuscular problems are due in part to low vitamin B12 levels, and since B12 is in low quantity in vegetarian and especially vegan diets, it would be important to include this important nutrient. Medium-chain triglycerides and Amino Acids might also play a role in supplementation for such a liquid diet. ...Read more

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Can eating a gluten-free diet help prevent or delay the onset of Celiac disease?

Can eating a gluten-free diet help prevent or delay the onset of Celiac disease?

Not exactly : If you have celiac disease, then a gluten-free diet will help delay the onset of symptoms from it. However, if you do not have celiac to begin with, eating a gluten-free diet will make no difference whatsoever. It will not prevent celiac disease. If you feel you may have celiac, due to how you feel when you eat gluten, you should see a gastroenterologist to sort it out. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can stomach problems( h pyolri infection, pud or gasritis) cause loose stools? Or is this a sign of colon problems too ? :|

Can stomach problems( h pyolri infection, pud or gasritis) cause loose stools? Or is this a sign of colon problems too ? :|

Helicobacter pylori: This will seldom affect the nature of your stools. This is probably due to another issue. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more