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Your Amazing Digestive System

“It’s remarkable what happens to food after you’ve swallowed it,” says Andrew Plaut, MD, gastroenterologist at Tufts Medical Center and author of Know Your Gut: Straight Talk on Digestive Problems from a Gastrointestinal Physician. “Your digestive system knows what to do with everything you send its way, from whole grains and vegetables to bagels or […]
Drinking cranberry juice can’t cure a urinary tract infection, but 100 percent juice might help prevent recurrent, uncomplicated infections.

Q. I’ve heard drinking cranberry juice can help prevent and treat urinary tract infections....

A. Diane L. McKay, PhD, assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, answers: “Cranberries are a good source of proanthocyanidins (PACs), plant compounds...

Taming Belly Bloat

For many of us, gas and bloating can be uncomfortable, unsightly, and sometimes embarrassing. Fortunately, there are steps you can take. While underlying medical...
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Handling Your Heartburn

It’s a safe bet that antacids have a permanent place in your medicine cabinet. That’s because more than 60 million Americans experience heartburn, also...
The gut wall controls what gets absorbed into the bloodstream. A loosening of this barrier could potentially have negative health effects.

Q. What is leaky gut and how can I prevent or treat it?

A. Alicia Romano, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, specialized ambulatory and nutrition support dietitian at the Frances Stern Nutrition Center, answers: “The intestinal lining is...

Why Does Sugar-Free Gum Cause Gas and Bloating?

Why do I get gas and bloating from sugar-free gum?

Eating Increases Feel-Good Hormones

Eating leads to widespread opioid release in the brain, which signals feelings of satiety (fullness) and pleasure, according to a study in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Debunking 6 Probiotic Myths

Some people use supplements and fermented foods containing probiotics-beneficial bacteria and yeasts-in an effort to improve health. But, is there good science behind them? Probiotic experts help clear up six common myths.

The Lowdown on Leaky Gut

As the popular depiction of leaky gut goes, damage to the lining of the small intestine can release undigested food particles, bacteria and toxins into your bloodstream. And, that can potentially spur a myriad of health problems ranging from digestive issues to joint pain. Without a doubt, this description is oversimplified and misleading. But, its worth looking at whether leaky gut-or more precisely, increased intestinal permeability-is a legitimate concern.

Does Decaffeinated Black Tea Have the Same Benefits?

The potential health benefits of regularly consuming black tea, such as lower risk of heart disease, certain cancers and osteoporosis, are likely due to the polyphenols it provides. Polyphenols may help protect our body in several ways, such as by helping prevent cell damage, supporting the immune system and fighting inflammation, among other mechanisms.