Get to Know Your Digestive System

You know your body’s brilliantly designed to digest food; every time a morsel or a sip passes your lips, you set off a complicated machine that eventually transforms that little bit of deliciousness into the energy and cellular activity you need to survive. Ever wondered what exactly goes on between the table and, well, the toilet? We teamed up with Bayer Consumer Health, makers of MiraLAX, an over-the-counter laxative that works with the water in your system to ease, hydrate and soften to unblock your system naturally, to bring you this top-to-bottom tour of your digestive tract in motion.

 

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FIBERS ARE FOUND TO FIGHT FLESH-EATING BACTERIA IN OUR STOMACHS

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“Eat your bran even if it tastes horrible—its good for you!” Many of us remember this advice from decades ago. While fiber has been a good cure as a bulking agent for exciting disorders like constipation, it has a dull image and has faded into the background behind trendier (and more commercial) food messages like gluten, cholesterol, saturated fat and sugar. Often it can be the hardest item to find on the food label. Leer Más


What Is Butterflies In Your Stomach? Brain-Gut Connection Explains Weird Feeling, From Falling In Love To Taking A Test

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At one time or another, we’ve all had the feeling of “butterflies” in our stomach before taking a test, or telling our crush we like them. This fluttery sensation makes us feel as if we’re going to throw up, while our heart beats faster, our mouth is dry, and our palms are sweaty and shaky. This is a prime example of the brain-gut connection, a reaction to the psychological stress we’re experiencing in that moment. Leer Más


Unique Gut Microbiome Triggers AS

GHENT, Belgium — The gut microbiome in carriers of HLA-B27, a signature gene associated with ankylosing spondylitis, is different than that in noncarriers, new research shows.

“In healthy control stool specimens, we found a consistent effect ofHLA-B27 on the microbiome,” said investigator Matt Brown, MD, director of genomics at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Leer Más


Fungus in humans identified for first time as key factor in Crohn’s disease

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A Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine-led team of international researchers has for the first time identified a fungus as a key factor in the development of Crohn’s disease. The researchers also linked a new bacterium to the previous bacteria associated with Crohn’s. The groundbreaking findings, published on September 20th in mBio, could lead to potential new treatments and ultimately, cures for the debilitating inflammatory bowel disease, which causes severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, and fatigue. Leer Más