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Air Pollution and Bowel Disease – Is There a Link?
The rate of bowel disease—most notably ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease—is increasing in different areas around the world, emerging as a global disease. Researchers are looking for clues about what causes these diseases so that one day they might be prevented. Researchers from the University of Alberta in Canada (the country with the highest rate of bowel disease in the world) are investigating the link between air pollution and bowel disease. “We tend to think…Read more
More Evidence Linking Probiotics and Weight Loss
In addition to their role in supporting digestive and immune health, scientists have been looking at the link between probiotics and weight loss—and a new study out of Canada shows these good bacteria may indeed help us shed those extra pounds and keep them off. Researchers from the Université Laval in Quebec recently teamed up with the food and beverage company Nestlé to dig deeper into how probiotics may help us stay slim by influencing…Read more
Quick Facts and 9 Simple Tips for IBS Awareness Month
April is IBS Awareness Month — a time for individuals and communities across the country to spread awareness about irritable bowel syndrome and the millions of people it affects every day. Coast to coast, activities and events are in the works to help people understand this debilitating disorder, its signs and symptoms, and how it is diagnosed and treated. Irritable bowel syndrome affects between 25 and 45 million Americans every day. Although its cause is…Read more
Probiotics Help Allergy Sufferers Feel Better
In some parts of the country (especially here in Florida where I live) allergy season is in full swing. So many people are suffering with congested sinuses, stuffy noses, and feeling like, well, not so great. Over 11 million people in the United States are diagnosed with allergic rhinitis, or hay fever — what most people simply call allergies — each year. I am sure there are many more people who do not get officially…Read more