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  • FODMAP Diet – A Way to Eliminate or Reduce IBS Symptoms

    by Margo Gladding | December 30, 2014

    FODMAPIf you experience IBS symptoms such as abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, and bloating, then you know the serious impact that it can have on your quality of life. One in five Americans suffer from IBS and many also experience anxiety or depression along with their painful digestive symptoms. But, did you know that a dietary approach can eliminate or significantly reduce IBS symptoms?

    Following a low FODMAP diet has been clinically shown to provide an effective approach to managing IBS/functional gut disorders. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols.

    An Australian research team developed this dietary approach and it is considered the primary management strategy for IBS in Australia. FODMAPs are specific types of carbohydrates (short-chain carbohydrates), which are incompletely absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. As a result, they stay in the small intestine where bacteria feed on them and produce byproducts and waste materials. Read more

  • Giving Thanks, and How to Avoid Digestive Discomfort

    by Paula Gallagher | November 26, 2014

    thanksgivingVillage Green Apothecary would like to thank all of our wonderful customers, from those who have been with us since the beginning, to those who have just discovered us through our blog or our website, or from a friend. 

    Tomorrow many of us will be sitting down with loved ones to a really big meal (just one of many things to be grateful for). Here are some past blogs with tips on how to avoid (or help address) post-meal digestive discomfort from overeating!

    Pathway Digase: A blog about helping with digestion.

    Avoid Thanksgiving Discomfort: Tips for a healthier Thanksgiving.

    Thanksgiving Heartburn: An all-too-real affliction for many. Tips to help reduce and avoid heartburn.

    Photo from here, with thanks.

  • Digestive Series: Taking a Natural Approach to IBS

    by Paula Gallagher | October 22, 2014

    irritable-bowel-syndromeIrritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). It is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders and is characterized by abdominal distension, constipation and diarrhea, mucus in the stool, gas, and nausea. Individuals with IBS also tend to have mental and emotional symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue, depression and difficulty sleeping. The frequency and severity of IBS symptoms seem to correlate with psychological factors.

    What are the symptoms of IBS?

    Uncomfortable signs and symptoms are:

    - Cramping
    - Abdominal pain
    - Gas
    - Nausea
    - Bloating
    - Diarrhea
    - Constipation
    - Pain
    - Fatigue
    - Mucus in stool

    Holistic Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    At Village Green Apothecary, our trained nutritionists can work with you to develop the right natural treatment plan specific to your needs. They can help to discover the root cause of your IBS and recommend natural remedies such as nutritional supplements including vitamins, minerals, herbs, and homeopathic remedies. They can also create a diet and lifestyle plan for you. Natural treatments for IBS include increasing fiber intake, avoiding refined sugar, processed foods, and foods that you may be allergic or sensitive to, stress reduction techniques, regular exercise, and taking nutritional supplements to support gastrointestinal health.  Read more

  • Digestive Series: Taking a Natural Approach to Candida

    by Paula Gallagher | October 8, 2014

    candida-anxietyCandida is a yeast that occurs naturally in the human body, but can be problematic. The problem occurs when something upsets the balance of bacteria in your body and this allows the yeast organism to proliferate and take over all the healthy microorganisms. The most common causes of this overgrowth are the use of antibiotics (which kill off the healthy flora that keep candida in balance), chronic stress, compromised immune system, and a diet that is high in sugar, white flour, pastries, etc.

    It’s been estimated that up to 80% of the U.S. adult population has some form of candida overgrowth, which is also one of the most widely misdiagnosed conditions. Candida resides in the intestinal tract, mouth, throat and genitals; however it can burrow holes in the intestinal tract, enter the blood stream, and then make its way into any organ of the body. It emits over 70 different toxins into the body. Taking a natural approach to candida can help many with addressing this condition.  Read more

  • Digestive Health Series: Acid Reflux

    by Paula Gallagher | September 30, 2014

    heartburnIn this weekly series, we will look at digestive health and natural approaches to related problems like candida, irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, and food allergies.

    The first issue we will tackle is acid reflux. Acid reflux or heartburn occurs when stomach acid rises up into the esophagus. This results from the lower esophageal sphincter not closing properly. Normally the sphincter closes as soon food passes through it and it should not allow back flow of food or stomach acid. However, when the sphincter either doesn’t close all the way or it opens too often, stomach acid moves into the esophagus causing uncomfortable symptoms.

    Symptoms can include:

    • Chest pain/burning sensation
    • Dental erosion
    • Asthma
    • Belching
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Hoarseness
    • Sore throat
    • Regurgitation of food

    Read more

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