Category Archives: Digestive Health

Antibiotics and IBS

Intestinal Microflora
Intestinal Microflora

There could be a number of causes for the symptoms that now fall under the umbrella of ‘irritable bowel syndrome’ (IBS), but there’s one cause I’m certain of and science has validated my certainty: Antibiotics.

Many years ago, before IBS was a thing, before the symptoms that distinguished it were labeled a disease, I suffered many of the symptoms associated with the disorder – stomach upset, bloating, alternating between constipation and diarrhea – a short while after completing a course of antibiotics. Each symptom started off fairly mild, but intensified with time. … This article has been moved to the new Holistic Health & Living at


Calorie Counting Is Not Enough

type2diabetesIf your end goal is preventing the onset of Type 2 Diabetes, dropping excess pounds is simply not enough. Research published in the September 2014 edition of FASEB Journal has suggested that losing weight without changing one’s eating habits is useless for those attempting to prevent the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.

“When someone is overweight and at risk for diabetes, the conventional wisdom is to say ‘lose weight,’” said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal, “and to a degree that recommendation holds true. This report, however, shows that a calorie is not just a calorie as some would contend. Exactly what we eat and drink, and not just the number of calories, may be the most important factor in our health.”

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The Benefits of Ayurvedic Medicine: Amla

Fresh Amla berries

Amla, also known as Amalaki and Indian gooseberry, is one of the most famous Ayurvedic herbs all time. It can be used inside and out. On the outside, it has been used to treat thinning hair and improve the look and feel of skin; on the inside, Amla has been used to treat diabetes, improve digestion and vision, boost immunity and relieve menstrual cramps. …

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Hemorrhoid Prevention and Treatment

Internal and external hemorrhoids
Internal and external hemorrhoids

There is no singular cause for hemorrhoids. However, the most common cause of hemorrhoids – straining to force out a hardened stool – can be prevented. Prevention is always preferable to treatment, but if you already have hemorrhoids what can you do? Based on research and personal experience, you must do many of the same things to help hemorrhoids heal faster as you would to prevent them from developing in the first place. So, let’s start with preventative measures. … Continued on the new Holistic Health & Living blog. 

Natural Way to Get Rid of Parasites

parasites2By Raj Kumar

Parasites do not belong to bacteria or virus. They are live and quite bigger than bacteria or virus. However, parasites and worms can bring you a big health problem. Such parasites occur generally during the summer months and can affect various human organs such as stomach, colons, liver, kidney, bloods and in some bad case, even the brain. Parasites rest inside those organs and feed themselves with the food you eat or the blood you have. They initially may not produce any symptoms but later on, they can suck up your energy levels and can make organs weaker and luckily, there is a natural way to get rid of parasites in every folk medical science.

Parasites – threats to internal organs

Human parasite and worm is nowadays, upcoming health ailment in all societies. Parasites’ infestation could be primarily due to many diseases, illness and infections. Intestinal parasites can be cleansed off in very effective manner with the help of some natural therapies. Parasites, especially intestinal parasites are generally caused by two main types namely; protozoa or helminths.

Common symptoms of parasite infestation include diarrhea, flatulance or bloating, vomiting or nausea, abdominal pain, disturbed digestion and fatigue or weakness. In children, significant weight loss without any other symptoms indicates worms or parasites’ infestation. They also produce typical symptoms such as itching around anus, redness around anus, polyphagia (over eating, excess hunger) etc.

Natural way to get rid of parasites

Colon cleansing is the most effective treatment for intestinal cleansing that can get all the parasites out of the body. Generally such cleansing includes the use of a high fiber or roughage diet and supplements like Psyllium husks, citrus pectin, garlic, pumpkin (preferably seeds), ripe papaya’s extract, activated charcoal, roots of the beets and/or linseeds. However, there is no clinical data or laboratory researches favoring these all as anti-parasite treatment but they are very effective since they are still prescribed in alternative medicines.

Garlic and ginger have been found very effective in Ascaris (roundworm), Giardia lamblia, Plasmodium, and Leishmania infestations. One can go for any formula containing garlic or can eat raw garlic pods. Another colon cleansing herb includes goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis). The herb has been prescribed historically for worms’ infestations and also to cure infections of the mucous membranes present in various human tracts such as respiratory, gastrointestinal etc. Black walnut is another safe and effective remedy for cleansing the colon and to treat parasites. Black walnut’s unripe hulls’ juice is used to treat various parasites. As said before, pumpkin seeds (Curcubita pepo) are considered to be very beneficial in treating tapeworms and roundworms.

Some of the folk medicinal science such as Ayurveda believes that Neem is the best herb for treating worms or parasites in any herbal science. Simple decoction of the Neem leaves taken early in the morning for about 15-30 days can kill all the parasites present in the intestines. This is because Neem contains some volatile substances that are good for human intestines but poisonous to the parasites.

The Importance of Fiber for Health & Well-Being

Fiber rich foods
Fiber rich foods

When most people hear the word “fiber” they think of bowel health; they imagine something that can alleviate constipation and prevent colon cancer. … Which is partially true. However, fiber is also beneficial for preventing heart disease and diabetes, helping you maintain a healthy weight, and even protecting the brain and improving mood. … Read on. (Content has been updated and moved to new Holistic Health & Living).

Health Benefits Of Magnesium

magnesium-supplementBy Jon Leung

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions. Magnesium is important for the proper bone, blood, tissue and organ maintenance.

Magnesium has been known to help with:

Cardiovascular Health. Magnesium helps the heart beat in a rhythmic pattern and prevents blood clotting.

Bones. Magnesium helps with the absorption of calcium and can help prevent osteoporosis, arthritis and brittle bones. Strong bones lead to stronger muscles and better overall health.

Metabolism. Magnesium helps metabolize protein, carbohydrates and fat while increasing energy and endurance.

Diabetes. Important in the function of insulin, magnesium plays a key role in preventing diabetes. People with a magnesium deficiency are more likely to have severe diabetic retinopathy.

Constipation. One of the best supplements to take if you’re constipated, take a 200 mg magnesium supplement daily to ensure proper bile flow.

Kidney Stones. A magnesium supplement with vitamin B-6 can greatly reduce the formation of calcium oxalate kidney stones.

Magnesium can be found in most whole foods such as whole grains, nuts and seeds, green leafy vegetables, cocoa, soy and meat. You can refer to the Office of Dietary Supplements chart and factsheet for food sources to ensure that you get an adequate amount of magnesium in your diet.

The general rule of thumb for consumption is 400-420 milligrams a day of magnesium for men and 350-360 milligrams per day for women.

If you’re not getting enough of this essential mineral in your diet, you may experience nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and loss of appetite. If the deficiency worsens, then numbness, tingling, abnormal heart rhythms, seizures and muscle contractions may occur.

About the Author:
Joe trains 5 times a week at Ballys Gym in Orange County.