From constipation to irritable bowel syndrome, GERD, or gluten sensitivity, gut troubles are no walk in the park. Here’s what to know about diet, probiotics, fiber, medications, and more.
The latest on gut health
Does more chewing curb GI discomfort?
Do fermented foods or fiber improve your gut microbes?
Can you become more tolerant of lactose?
Do you need digestive enzyme supplements?
Should you avoid nuts and popcorn if you have diverticulitis?
What you should know about GERD
Most people will feel the “burn” of heartburn at some point. But if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, it’s more than an occasional discomfort.
Should you change your diet, take a supplement, or buy a special pillow to ease reflux?
Can medication help control GERD?
Can fiber help keep you regular?
What you should know about laxatives for regularity
Are probiotics the cure for irregularity?
Can coffee, fluids, or physical activity help with constipation?
Can a foot stool help you stay regular?
More on gut health
The microbiome & probiotics
What makes for a healthy microbiome? Do you need probiotics? Here’s what we know… and what researchers are still trying to figure out.
“Without bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microorganisms, there wouldn’t be life on earth, and we wouldn’t be here,” says Lita Proctor. “Every kind of living thing is dependent on communities of microbes we call microbiomes, and that includes humans.”Read more
Change your diet, change your gut bacteria?
Can certain diets help you lose weight by changing your gut microbes, as some people claim? When researchers randomly assigned 609 overweight or obese people to healthy low-fat or low-carb diets for a year, both groups lost the same amount of weight.Read more
“People think that probiotics are all effective for the same health issues,” says University of Washington probiotics researcher Lynne McFarland. “That’s not the case.” But you’ll never hear that from some probiotic manufacturers, who are happy to have you believe that their products are good for whatever ails you.Read more
Probiotics for digestive woes
Probiotics sellers can make vague claims like "supports digestive health," but does that mean you can expect relief from your GI problem? A single strain may not cover all the bases. Here’s a snapshot of the evidence on which probiotic strains may help with which digestive issues.Read more
Is your gut health linked to your mental health?
“Is your gut microbiome the key to health and happiness?” ran The Guardian headline in 2017. “Germs in your gut are talking to your brain,” declared the New York Times in 2019.Read more
Can psychobiotics boost your mood?
A new field of research suggests that the gut microbiome may influence mood, mental health, and the nervous system's vitality. But is the supplement market way ahead of the evidence?Read more
Gluten sensitivity & celiac disease
Celiac disease 101
Celiac disease: we talked to an expert
Is gluten sensitivity real?
Should you avoid gluten if you have GI symptoms?
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