Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

IBD: Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a condition that develops from inflammation inside an individual’s digestive system. Inflammatory bowel disease affects approximately one million Americans and can affect any age group. Although the disease can begin in early childhood, it most commonly beings between the ages of 15-30. There are two types of IBD: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Both of these inflammatory bowel diseases can range from extremely mild to very severe. You may have long periods without any intestinal discomfort at all followed by episodes of flare-ups of symptoms. In some people, this can be a lifetime cycle of good periods and bad periods. Other individuals may show symptoms for a short period of time and be disease-free for the rest of their lives. Crohn’s Disease Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are inflammatory bowel diseases that are very similar. Which of these two disease is diagnosed depends on which part of the digestive system is involved. In Crohn’s disease, the most commonly involved area is the small intestine, but Crohn’s disease can involve any area of the digestive system – the mouth, esophagus, stomach, colon, or anus. Crohn’s disease can be diagnosed in all age groups, from young children to older adults. The disease usually begins, however, in the teenage years or in the twenties. It does appear that Crohn’s disease may run in families. The Cause Crohn’s disease seems to be an imbalance of the body’s own immune system (called an autoimmune reaction). The digestive system may be exposed to a virus or bacteria, triggering the body’s immune system to attack the... read more

5 Hidden Reasons You’ve Been Gaining Weight (That Almost No One Knows About)

By Dr. Mercola 1. INTRODUCTION Two out of three Americans are now either overweight or obese.Obesity has become the number one form of malnutrition in the country, and no group has been hit harder than our children. Childhood obesity in the US has nearly tripled since 1980, and one in five kids is now overweight by age six; 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese.1 2. It’s Not Just About “How Much” You Eat   As noted in a recent article by investigative health reporter Martha Rosenberg,2 the weight of the average American increased by 24 pounds in the four decades between 1960 and 2000. In her article, she reviews five scientifically-backed factors that contribute to Americans’ expanding waist lines, which I’ll review here. I’ve also covered all of these more in-depth in previous articles, so for additional details, please follow the hyperlinks provided. Contrary to popular belief, obesity is not simply the result of eating too many calories and not exercising enough. While those are part of the equation, there are a number of other environmental and lifestyle factors that are likely to play a much more significant role, if nothing else because most people don’t realize they’re affected by them, and therefore fail to address them. 3. Antibiotics in Food and Medicine Compelling evidence suggests antibiotic overuse and obesity are intricately linked, although the reasons why didn’t become clear until we discovered how your microbiome influences your weight. Antibiotics can save your life if they’re necessary, such as if you develop a serious bacterial infection, but you don’t need antibiotics for every ear, nose, or throat infection you come down with.... read more

Here’s What You Need To Know About Protein Supplements

The protein and amino acid supplement market is big business. Bars, shakes, giant tubs of powder and specialist amino acid supplements dominate supplement shelves. But the decision to use them is based more on slick marketing claims than anything else; protein supplements offer few real performance benefits that an athlete’s normal diet isn’t already delivering. A Good Diet Few athletes would disagree that more muscle is an advantage in their sport. And protein is the perfect source of the amino acid building blocks needed for new muscle growth and repair. Taken together, strength training and sufficient protein will stimulate new muscle protein synthesis. Note that the keyword here is sufficient, because this is where protein supplement marketers like to extend to “the more the better”. So how much protein do sportspeople need? Consensus position statements such as those produced by the American College of Sports Medicine give the range of 1.2 grams to 1.7 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. But the top end of that range is for elite endurance athletes, power sportspeople and those in the early stages of a strength training phase. The “recreational athlete”, which describes the majority of active sportspeople, should aim for the bottom end of the range. So how do those protein requirement numbers stack up against a regular diet? As an example, protein intake and body weights collected in the 2011-2012 Australian Health Survey show the average Australian male already eats 1.2 grams and the average female 1.1 grams of protein per kilogram body weight. And this is for mostly sedentary people who are not following any special “high... read more

Disease and why we have to build our IMMUNE SYSTEM

Your body’s immune system protects you from disease and infection, but when you suffer from an immune disorder your immune system becomes dysfunctional and leaves the body prone to be attack by invading germs and infection, typically by becoming over or under active. There are over 80 different types of immune disorders. Some of the most commonly known immune disorders are Lupus (affecting the connective tissues), Type one diabetes (affects insulin producing beta cells of the pancreas), Rheumatoid arthritis (the chronic Inflammation of the flexible joints), and Multiple sclerosis (the chronic inflammation of spinal cord and brain tissues). But what are the causes to theses immune deficiencies? This is indeed a medical mystery, but it seems to me that we are forgetting about diet, nutrition and low amounts of stress that are key elements in maintaining a healthy lifestyle at any age. What we are putting into our bodies can have a huge impact on our overall health. If we don’t take care of it, we leave ourselves at risk for such diseases. We all came with the wonderful thing called the “IMMUNE SYSTEM”. This is what keeps us healthy, as you may have heard before, 70% of our immunity lives in our gut, and yes while this is true, we still need to be mindful that our gut fights diseases, and keeps us healthy and not to forget keeps us regular. So when you scrape your knee, just know that it is the immune system that really heals you, it also goes for the common cold, yep again, it is the immune system that helps you get better.... read more

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